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The Value of Volunteering

The Value of Volunteering

Volunteers do a power of work in our community. Volunteers work tirelessly helping the community in so many different ways including language schools, organising fundraising activities, visiting the sick, isolated and elderly, providing interpreting services, referral services and skills development.

Without volunteers a lot of these community services and supports would not exist. Recently, Auburn Council (Now part of the newly formed Cumberland Council) recognised the significant contribution made by volunteers in our local area and decided to conduct a study. The ‘Invisible Volunteer Report’ maps and portrays the extensive volunteer contribution of individuals, community groups and organisations working in Auburn City. The report also quantifies the value and impact of that volunteer contribution. The study was focused on a sample of 12 community organisations and the results were quite astounding. In the last 12 months, these 12 small community organisations mobilized 3,487 volunteers to contribute 312,641 hours towards ongoing community activities.

An additional 10, 426 hours were contributed to the running of one-off events including iconic local events like Flavours of Auburn and the Africultures Festival.

Combined, the total estimated value of these volunteer contributions to the Auburn economy over a 12 month period was a massive $11,375,171.

With more than 200 community organisations in our local area, 75% of which are wholly run by volunteers, this sample of 12 organisations potentially represents only a small proportion (approximately 8%) of our local volunteer contributions. Imagine what the total economic contribution of our local volunteers actually is!

The ‘Invisible Volunteer Report’ has not only recognised the significant impact and value volunteers make to our local community and economy, it has also positively impacted on the way the community understands and works with volunteers.

Council has identified ways to further support volunteers and to maximise volunteering in our local area, including collaborations between local community organisations. Good practice guidelines have been developed for working with small volunteer community organisations, along with guidelines for volunteer management and resources for assessing volunteer programs and organisations.

This research project was recognised with a Highly Commended Awards in the 2016 NSW Local Government Excellence Awards for ‘Excellence in Local Economic Contribution’. DOOLEYS was proud to be part of this innovative project and would like to thank our local volunteers for their ongoing contributions to our community.

To access the full report visit Auburn City Council’s website –

DOOLEYS recognised at Clubs and Community Awards

DOOLEYS has been awarded two Highly Commended Awards at the prestigious 2016 ClubsNSW Clubs and Community Awards for our commitment to ‘Health & Wellbeing’ and ‘Welfare & Social Inclusion’.

The Clubs and Community Awards recognises those clubs who have a special connection to and involvement in their local community.

The two Highly Commended submissions outlined local community collaboration projects which address important local community needs.

Auburn Together 4 Hope’ highlighted a local community collaboration to address suicide prevention and mental health.

This unique capacity building program has seen a network of organisations such as The Salvation Army, Auburn Community Mental Health Team, Western Sydney Partners in Recovery and DOOLEYS undertake community awareness and education programs aimed at empowering our community, cultural and faith leaders to tackle the important social issues of suicide prevention and mental health.

Many Cultures Living as One Community’ highlighted a number of local community programs aimed at supporting local refugees, asylum seekers and new migrants.

The programs have focused primarily on employment pathways as well as providing free legal advice to those seeking protection in Australia and have been the result of a number of key partnerships with local organisations including STARTTS, Refugee Advice and Casework Service, Auburn Small Community Organisation Network, MTC Australia and Auburn City Council.

David Mantle said DOOLEYS recognition at this year’s Clubs and Community Awards is “a result of the many valuable community partnerships DOOLEYS has formed.”

“DOOLEYS has a long tradition of active community involvement”, said Mr Mantle. “We are proud to be able to share this recognition with our dedicated local community organisations, their staff and volunteers.”

“At DOOLEYS we strongly believe that no matter what your circumstances, everyone should have access to the same opportunities, whether that be education, employment, social interaction, healthcare or a safe place to live.”

“Recognition in both the Health & Wellbeing and the Welfare & Social Inclusion categories is a great honour as these are community issues we are extremely passionate about.”

DOOLEYS Recognised as a Founder of the Children’s Hospital at Westmead

DOOLEYS Chairman, CEO and staff were honoured to be officially recognised as a Founder of The Children’s Hospital at Westmead at a ceremony held on Thursday 12 May, in recognition of DOOLEYS contributions now reaching over $1 million.

DOOLEYS Chairman John Munce and Chief Executive Officer David Mantle joined many other Hospital supporters at the Australian National Maritime Museum to be recognised for our ongoing support of the Hospital’s Cancer Centre for Children.

Since 2003, DOOLEYS has been a keen supporter of The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, raising funds and supporting research and clinical programs for the Cancer Centre for Children.

“DOOLEYS has a long and proud association with The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and we are honoured to be recognised as a Founder”, said DOOLEYS Chairman John Munce.

“Anyone who has spent time at the Children’s Hospital will know it is a very special place with staff, clinicians and volunteers who have a passion for their work that is truly inspiring. In the face of great adversity, they are pillars of strength and compassion who deserve our respect, our thanks and our continued support.”

“DOOLEYS looks forward to strengthening our partnership even further in the future,” continued Mr Munce. “As long as there is a Children’s Hospital at Westmead, DOOLEYS will be there to offer our support.”

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