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National Volunteers Week

National Volunteer Week (NVW) was held from Monday 17th to 23rd of May 2021. A week to celebrate all volunteers. The theme for NVW 2021 is Recognise. Reconnect. Reimagine.

  • RECOGNISE, celebrate and thank volunteers for the vital role they play in our lives.
  • RECONNECT to what is important by giving our time to help others and ourselves.
  • REIMAGINE how we better support volunteers and communities they help.

Reimagine is especially important as Orana rolls out its Volunteerability project into the community. The program will lead an inclusive community by supporting organisational practices and growing opportunities for all volunteers. The program works with people with disability and provides free support to help them find a meaningful volunteer role. 

Orana is built on the passion and dedication of volunteers when, in August 1950, more than 80 parents came together to raise their concern for the lack of educational, training or vocational services for children and young people with more severe levels of intellectual disabilities. After extensive campaigning and political lobbying by Orana, the first educational and training service was established in 1953.

Orana continues to this day to create opportunities for people with disability to live and work within their local community, fulfil their dreams and become valued and productive community members.

Currently, Orana has volunteers who support our events, marketing, administration and accommodation teams. Down Syndrome SA has a long history of volunteers and continues to utilise the many skills of our volunteers in activities such as Club Slick.

If you’d like more information on volunteering at Orana, click here. To kick start the National Volunteer Week celebration, there was a parade in Adelaide followed by a BBQ and an official launch in Victoria Square. Some of our Life-Ed participants helped prepare posters before the event.

Orana was proud to be part of the parade. Many volunteers and representatives from volunteer organisations around South Australia walked from Torrens Parade ground to Victoria Square to recognise and celebrate volunteers.

Amanda, Khalil, Jake and William joined Orana staff Haley, Rachel, Katie, Jenn and Annette with her guide dog Molly to walk in the parade with 600 other people around South Australia to celebrate National Volunteer Week.

In Victoria Square, parade attendees heard from His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, Governor of South Australia and Patron of Volunteering SA&NT, Minister Lensink, and the Lord Mayor of Adelaide Sandy Verschoor, the vital role volunteers play in our communities.

Thank you to everyone who made the day a success and, most of all, to our volunteers.

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