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Older Tasmanian Volunteers

Celebrate the power of volunteering

For communities, volunteering can provide people with strong social and community networks that build the capacity and resilience of communities to respond to issues and crises.

Some of the benefits of volunteering are evident in a series of mini-videos featuring older volunteers and their responses to what it means to be a volunteer. Their stories are a good reason to celebrate the power of volunteering – the theme of National Volunteer Week 2014.

The videos provide a sample of the variety of volunteering roles older people undertake and include:

  • historical landmarks management;
  • maintenance of our offshore islands;
  • social policy; and
  • work in the aged care sector.

The videos have been created by COTA Tas as part of the project 'Engaging in different ways: voluntary contributions', one of six projects being undertaken with the Tasmanian Government.

The project aims to recognise and enhance the voluntary contributions older Tasmanians make to their communities.

A series of posters reflecting the video interviewees and their key messages have also been produced to promote older volunteering throughout the community – encouraging individuals to volunteer and organisations to engage with older volunteers.

Volunteer videos and posters

Fran helping to shape policies for older people

Fay Thompson

Watch Fran's video about volunteering.

Graeme sees the changes volunteers make

Watch Graeme's video.

Wendy: volunteering is sharing with the community

Watch Wendy's video

Magical what people working together can achieve

Bob and Penny Tyson on a boat

Watch Bob and Penny's video.

Volunteer Posters

View the series of older volunteer posters:

For further information about opportunities contact COTA Tasmania phone (03) 6231 3265 and  Volunteering Tasmania.