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Thanking shedders this National Volunteer Week

National Volunteer Week is an annual celebration run by Volunteering Australia to acknowledge the generous contributions of Australian volunteers.

This National Volunteer Week (21 – 27 May), the Australian Men’s Shed Association (AMSA) is saying thanks to all shedders for the contributions they make to local communities.

The 2018 theme Give a Little. Change a lot. is a great opportunity to recognise thousands of shedders who make a profound impact across Australian communities by simply giving a little time.

“Many people don’t realise shedders are all volunteers who donate their time to the running of the shed and to the various community projects coming out of the shed,” said David Helmers AMSA Executive Officer.

This year AMSA is paying a special tribute to Men’s Shed Management Committees and Regional Volunteers for the additional time put into driving the Men’s Shed movement forward.

“We want to take a moment to especially recognise Committees and Regional Volunteers (past and present) for going the extra mile for their comrades in the Men’s Shed community,” said Mr Helmers.

“Many men and women spend a great deal of time devoted to organising shed programs, building community partnerships, attending to the day-to-day running of the shed and applying for grants and funding to keep the shed open.”

As is the case for many volunteer-run community groups, the volunteers who put up their hand to keep things running at the shed are often required to invest hidden time and energy for the benefit of the shed, shed members and the community.

“We know they do it for the love of it – but it’s often thankless and sometimes not the best of fun,” said Mr Helmers.

No matter what their role, shedders around the country are playing a huge part in making Australia a better place.

Find out more about National Volunteer Week at volunteeringaustralia.org/nvw/.