It’s a hop, skip and jump to Kyneton this Thursday for International Volunteer Day

By Vanessa Wiltshire

TO MARK International Volunteer Day, local volunteer resource centre Volunteer Central Vic is hosting an event to recognise the work of volunteers in the community.

‘Stars in our Eyes’ will bring together local organisations and volunteers in celebration of the contribution that volunteering makes to the community.

“The Macedon Ranges has one of the highest volunteering rates in the state,” Volunteer Central Vic co-ordinator Lisa Richards said.

“Volunteering is a great way to meet new friends, learn new skills, increase self-confidence, as well as develop stronger connections with your community.”

Guest speakers include Jackie Nieuwenhuizen from Read Victoria, Kerryn Wildenburg from Kyneton Caring Community and Dawn Bamforth from Cobaw Community Health’s Social Support program.

They will talk about what volunteers do in each of their organisations and about how volunteers are helping to build a stronger, more connected community. Volunteer Central Vic helps prospective volunteers link up with available volunteering roles across a wide range of community groups and organisations.

The service also offers training opportunities for volunteers and their managers, resources, as well as online and one-to-one advice and coaching.

“Whether you’ve been volunteering for years or it’s something that you are considering doing, we are here to help you get involved,” Lisa said.

The event takes place on Thursday, December 5 from 10am to noon at Social Foundry, 86 Mollison St, Kyneton.

‘Stars in our Eyes’ is free and children are welcome under parent/carer supervision.

Bookings are essential and can be made via

For more information contact (03) 5421 1619, visit or email [email protected]