Seymour Senior Citizens Club secretary John Armstrong says volunteering is not only important for the community but also helps people socialise and avoid isolating themselves. ​

Every week hundreds of generous volunteers give up their time to support Mitchell Shire’s community groups.

Mitchell Shire Council is celebrating National Volunteer Week 2022 by supporting local volunteers.

Community groups can apply for a grant of up to $500. Funds can support technology, training and development, equipment including personal protective equipment, subscriptions, transport or other applicable costs usually incurred by volunteers or the group.

Seymour Senior Citizens Club secretary John Armstrong said volunteering was one of the most rewarding things he had done.

“I joined the club when my wife passed away to make some new friends and stay active in the community,” he said.

“It’s become a big part of my life and the importance of it to older people in Seymour and district is hard to understate.

“It’s a regular social outing for people like me and it avoids isolation that can be a problem for older people.”

Mr Armstrong said fundraising and seeking grants was important for the sustainability of all volunteer organisations.

“It costs money to run a community group. Even a small one like ours has plenty of bills to pay,” he said.

“Grants like this one from Mitchell Shire Council ensure we can remain viable and continue to be here for our members.

“I encourage everyone to seriously considering volunteering in their community.

“It’s very rewarding and a great way to get to know your town and the people in it.”

For more information about council’s volunteer grant and volunteering opportunities, visit www.volunteeringmitchell.com.au.

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