Adult literacy volunteer enjoys making a difference
  • Wednesday 11 May 2016
Maroochydore Library Adult Literacy volunteer Anna Klar

National Volunteer Week (May 9-15) is a time to recognise and support the valued contribution our volunteers make to the Sunshine Coast region.

Mayor Mark Jamieson said council’s adopted Social Strategy set a target of increasing the contribution of community members volunteering within our region from one in five to one in four.

“To assist in achieving this target, council provides free professional development and networking opportunities for the region’s dedicated volunteers, such as today's Sunshine Coast Volunteer Expo,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“The Expo provides volunteer organisations and individuals an opportunity to connect and network and those interested in volunteering to find out the benefits.”

Community Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said this year’s National Volunteer Week theme is ‘Give Happy, Live Happy’.

“Research shows us volunteering makes people healthier and happier and can lead to better physical and mental health,” Cr McKay said.

“National Volunteer Week provides an opportunity for council to recognise and support the valued contribution our volunteers make to the Sunshine Coast region.”

Anna Klar is one volunteer who is making a difference and reaping the rewards as an Adult Literacy Tutor.

Anna volunteers at Maroochydore Library and said what she loves most about being a tutor is the interchange between cultures.

“The relationship you develop between adults is very special. It is based on trust and mutual regard for cultural similarities and differences. It is very rewarding to see their progress in learning Australian English,” Anna said.

“I would definitely recommend volunteering as a tutor as it is a worthwhile experience. The initial training gives you the confidence and skills to work with an adult learner in either a small class supervised by a teacher or on an individual basis. The qualified teachers are always available for your support.

“My involvement in the adult literacy program has been one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. Giving back to the community is beneficial in so many ways.”

To find out about volunteer opportunities visit council’s website