CELEBRATIONS were in full swing at Glenorchy LINC last month when the service’s numerous volunteers gathered for a special morning tea hosted in their honour.
Held during National Volunteer Week, the event saw a diverse range of LINC’s volunteers – including home library service couriers, literacy tutors and archives and heritage collections volunteers – receive recognition and a heartfelt thank you for their many hours of dedicated service.
“We are really thankful to the volunteers who work side-by-side with us every day,” LINC Tasmania director Elizabeth Jack said.
“Some of these people have been working with us for more than 20-years, which says a huge amount about their commitment to the community.
“LINC Tasmania provides a volunteer-friendly environment where volunteers work alongside our staff to help deliver a wide range of services and programs to the public.”
Last year, more than 1200 people gave volunteer support to LINC Tasmania, contributing more than 100,000 combined hours of service.
LINC Tasmania volunteer services coordinator Kim Lethbridge said volunteers enhanced the services that LINC provided.
“It’s monumental what volunteers do and without their support, we couldn’t offer the programs that we do,” she said.
“Their service is not only to LINC, but to the whole community – we’re talking about people who are making a difference in people’s lives every single day.”
More than 15 volunteers, as well as around 50 literacy tutors, are currently working in Glenorchy LINC.
One such volunteer is Pam Wells, who has been donating her time as a family history volunteer for the past four-years.
A former recluse, Ms Wells said volunteering had helped bring her out of her shell and into the community.
“To begin, I didn’t actually want to become a volunteer, but one of the staff members noticed the work I was doing on my own family history and asked if it was something I might be interested in,” she said.
“After sitting on the decision for three-months thinking I couldn’t do it, I decided just to give it a go and now I love it.
“From doing completely nothing and always staying home to volunteering here at Glenorchy LINC four-and-a-half days a week – it has completely changed my life and I would encourage anyone and everyone to give it a go.”
Glenorchy LINC operations coordinator and services support Maxine Turner said Volunteer Week and the special morning tea celebration was a chance to show the volunteers their worth.
“Above all else, volunteers are people and they need to be praised, to know that they are doing the job well and we appreciate them,” she said.
For more information about volunteering for LINC Tasmania, visit www.linc.tas.gov.au/how-to/Pages/volunteer.aspx.
Caption: From left, Glenorchy LINC literacy coordinator Kirrily Twyford, volunteers Michael Woolford and Pam Wells, LINC Tasmania volunteer services coordinator Kim Lethbridge and Glenorchy LINC operations coordinator and services support Maxine Turner.