A.B who’s filling in on the Wilko Show has been an SES volunteer for a few years, and thinks it’s the best thing she’s ever done!

Hey Canberra!

I’ve been very fortunate to be a resident of this great city for the past few months, after a pretty challenging year or so in Coffs Harbour where I was previously.

Like the ACT, Northern NSW spent most of late 2019/ early 2020 on standby as we fought the ferocious blazes that wiped out hundreds of homes. While the RFS did most of the heavy lifting, as part of the SES, I was called upon to assist in HQ, deliver much needed food and water, and take calls of concerned residents.

I joined the SES back in 2017 when I was living on the Gold Coast following the Northern NSW floods, because I felt helpless being unable to help my region during a difficult time. Since joining I’ve undertaken training in First Aid, Storm Water and Road crash and have joined the team in assisting people with caved in rooves, and broken down cars.

Volunteering ACT say right now is more important than ever to volunteer.

“During COVID-19 over 70% of volunteer involving organisations in the Canberra region had to stand down their volunteers, yet more than 30% of organisations experienced an increase in service demand. With restrictions easing, there has never been a better time for Canberrans to get involved in volunteering,” says a spokesperson.

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We don’t know what’s next, we never do! But being prepared is key and you’ll absolutely never regret being involved, and as an extra bonus, apparently it’s great for your mental health!

According to Volunteering ACT, 96% of volunteers say it makes people happier and research shows sustained volunteering is associated with better mental health.

So what are you waiting for?

Visit the VolunteeringACT website to find volunteering opportunities in the Canberra region https://www.volunteeringact.org.au/  or call the Community Info Hub on 6248 7988 to receive individualised support to find your perfect volunteering role.