Cobaw Community Health’s Central Victorian Volunteer Service is celebrating National Volunteer Week (9-15 May) by launching a new volunteering website on Wednesday 11 May 2016 at 11am at the Castlemaine Library.

The website will provide a central point for volunteer opportunities across the region and allow organisations, community and sporting groups seeking volunteers to post roles at no cost. The website will also feature volunteer management documents, resources and information about upcoming training for both
volunteers and volunteer leaders.

The volunteer service will also be hosting an information stall at the Kyneton Farmers’ Market on Saturday 14 May
from 8:30am where community members can find out more about the website and volunteer opportunities within
the region.

Cobaw CEO Margaret McDonald understands that for community members, finding the right volunteering
opportunity can be overwhelming.

“The new website will provide a central access point for anyone interesting in contributing to the community by
volunteering. Volunteers are a valuable resource to both Cobaw and the community, providing significant expertise
in areas such as the L2P Learner Driver program, Social Support & Respite, and the Board of Directors,” said

Nicky Suter, Cobaw’s Volunteer Services Coordinator added, “According to the 2011 Census, there are over 14,000
Central Victorian residents over the age of 15 who volunteer. The service hopes to continue to grow the number of
volunteers in the region and make volunteering more accessible”.

The Give Happy Live Happy theme of National Volunteer Week celebrates and explores the research that shows
volunteers live happier and healthier lives.

The experience of helping others provides meaning, a sense of self-worth, a social role and health enhancement (It’s
Good to be Good, 2011 5th annual scientific report on health, happiness and helping others, Stephen G. Post PhD).