School volunteer program recognised in WA awards

A volunteer program run in Mandurah schools has been awarded the Western Australian Community Volunteer Organisation of the Year Award.

EdConnect Australia chief Gerri Clay accepted the award at a recent Volunteering WA gala event on behalf of the organisation.

Ms Clay said the organisation had provided support to the Western Australian community for more than 20 years, and winning the award acknowledged the contribution of its volunteers.

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“Our volunteers are the lifeblood of our organisation, without them we couldn’t do the work that we do,” she said. 

“Their commitment and enthusiasm towards their role in schools is exemplary.”

Volunteers supported students as one-on-one mentors, building a supportive relationship with a student and act as a role model as well as assisting with general subjects. 

Ms Clay said 63 per cent of volunteers were over 55 years of age.

“We are harnessing the wisdom and skills of elder generations, communities are becoming enriched and young people are thriving,” she said. 

“They have a positive attitude and a real desire to make a difference.”