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Thank you to Our Volunteers and City of Mitcham Volunteer Profile

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Thank you to Our Volunteers and City of Mitcham Volunteer Profile

City of Mitcham thanks its volunteers as it marks National Volunteer Week.

More than 300 volunteers support the City of Mitcham in various roles including gardening, transport, meal delivery, community support and JP services.

City of Mitcham Mayor Dr Heather Holmes-Ross said while most volunteer roles are on hold due to COVID-19 restrictions, it was important to underline the importance of volunteering to our community.

“We want our volunteers to know they are still very much appreciated by Council and our residents and the difference you make to our community,” City of Mitcham Mayor Dr Heather Holmes-Ross said. “We celebrate you, thank you, and look forward to seeing you again soon.”

This year Volunteering SA is encouraging the community to support volunteers by tying something red to their home, office, letterbox, fence or tree.

The #ColourYourCommunityRed campaign runs until Sunday May 24.

City of Mitcham has launched a campaign to recognise and raise the profile of the work of its volunteers in the community.

This month’s profile is Heather Sutton, of Torrens Park.

How long have you lived in Mitcham?

I have lived in the Mitcham Council area for about 50 years. I lived at Coromandel Valley before Torrens Park.

Can you tell us about yourself?

I was a registered nurse and midwife and moved on to teaching as well at Flinders University. Family is very important to me. I raised two children and have four grandchildren. Some of them live interstate. I really enjoy spending time with my family as well as going to the theatre, symphony and ballet (well not at the moment!). Apart from my volunteer work, I am also involved with Bingo at Hawthorn and the Senior Citizens Club at Colonel Light Gardens.

Where do you volunteer?

I mainly volunteer at the Mitcham Memorial Library and do Home Library Service deliveries which I love, but I have previously done volunteering at the Mitcham Cultural Village. I have also taken Freckles (my dog) to visit people in their homes, which is a lot of fun.

What do you like most about your volunteer role?

I love working at the library, it is wonderful. It’s great to work with people who are bright and happy in their jobs. The staff are always lovely and helpful and it’s a lovely space to be in. I love meeting and talking to people and just doing things for other people. It gets me out and about which is good for me physically too.

Advice for potential volunteers?

Just be open to possibilities. Find something that suits your interests. Volunteering has got me out meeting people and keeps me feeling useful. If you get involved you are doing something to help the Council deliver services to the community.

Do you know a volunteer doing great work in the community? Nominate them for next month’s profile. Call Lynne on 8372 8860 or email lnorton@mitchamcouncil.sa.gov.au