Bathurst Neighbourhood Centre celebrates International Volunteer Day

RECOGNISED: Volunteers Clare Auguszczak, Ann Robertson, Judith Banning and Nola Ramsay attending International Volunteer Day celebrations at the Bathurst Neighbourhood Centre. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 120517cvol1
RECOGNISED: Volunteers Clare Auguszczak, Ann Robertson, Judith Banning and Nola Ramsay attending International Volunteer Day celebrations at the Bathurst Neighbourhood Centre. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 120517cvol1

The Bathurst Neighbourhood Centre celebrated International Volunteer Day on Tuesday, with volunteers from all across the city attending.

It provided a chance for volunteers to talk about their experiences with each other, as well as honouring the work they do in the community.

Nola Ramsay has been a dedicated volunteer to the Bathurst Eisteddfod catering group for almost five years.

Prior to that Ms Ramsay was working on the eisteddfod committee, including brief roles as president and secretary.

She said she volunteers because she just likes giving back.

“I just like helping people. It’s just something you do. I like giving back to the community,” she said.

“I have the time to do and I just like doing it.

“[At the eisteddfod] we provide light lunches, cups of teas, sandwiches and drinks just for the patrons of the eisteddfod, to give them an opportunity to eat and drink between sessions.

“We also raise money for the community and we all volunteer for that work and the money raised goes all back to the community and to enhance organisations.

Clare Auguszczak also volunteers alongside Nola Ramsay.

“My eldest son is 51. So when he was in primary and early secondary, he was a musician. That’s how I started [at the eisteddfod],” she said. 

“I’ve filled many positions,” she said. 

Judith Banning started volunteering for the eisteddfod catering when Holy Trinity was doing it.

“I don’t know how many years ago that was,” she said.

Ann Robertson is volunteer with Community Visitors Scheme, an organisation that matches a volunteer with a socially isolated person in an aged-care facility or their own home.

She has been volunteering for almost 12 months.

“I’ve liked it,” she said.

“I chat to about seven to 13 people. We play games. They tell me their troubles, I tell them mine.

“It’s a very pleasant, enjoyable thing to do.”

Ms Robertson said International Volunteer Day was an “excellent” opportunity to honour the work volunteers do in the community.

“It could not be better,” she said.