Volunteer numbers continue to fall in the Highlands

We all lead busy lives and our time is precious.

But imagine the difference you could make to someone’s life by volunteering just a few hours of your time each week.

The Moss Vale Quota Club was the latest community group to fold due to a lack of volunteers.

It was a club that served the Highlands community for 62 years and its focus was first and foremost on the locals.

It seems that each week we hear of more and more groups struggling to continue with no one willing to step up.

Already this year, the Mother’s Day Classic and Winterfest at Bundanoon have been cancelled due to a lack of volunteers.

In response to an article about the end of the Quota Club, Brigadoon publicity officer Alaistair Saunders said their committee was still looking for people to help out as well.

So what has happened to volunteering in the Highlands?

Why are people no longer keen to give up their time to help others?

There are so many vital services in the community that rely on volunteers.

What will happen to people who depend on these services- where will they turn to for help?

These are questions we all need to ask ourselves.

Programs like GAPS, which transports cancer patients for free, are going strong at the moment but like all other community groups, it will only survive with the help of volunteers.

Why not pop into the Wingecarribee Volunteer Centre in Queen Street, Moss Vale and have a chat to the staff there.

And if you can’t find something there to suit, they will be able to point you in the right direction. There are countless groups and organisations throughout the shire in need of an extra pair of hands.

Because it doesn’t matter if it’s only a couple of hours each week, every little bit helps.

Wingecarribee Volunteer Centre manager Helen Wooby said many of the volunteers coming to the centre this year were people new to the area.

But if we sit back and do nothing, we will lose the community spirit we have always been so proud of.

Now is the time to stand up and make a difference.

It doesn’t take a lot of time and effort to help change someone’s life for the better.