A BIG thanks to our local State Emergency Service (SES)

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Members of the Waverley-Woollahra SES unit

Members of the Waverley-Woollahra SES unit

Published 16 February 2023

When big and bad weather strikes (of which Sydney has copped its share of recently), the incredible volunteers from our local Waverley-Woollahra State Emergency Service (SES) unit are there to help.

2022 was an extremely busy year for the Waverley-Woollahra SES team. A number of major storms saw the unit respond to a whopping three-fold increase in the number of requests for assistance than the previous year.

As a result, the Waverley-Woollahra SES – based in Bondi Junction and supported by Woollahra Council – is currently on the lookout for new volunteers.

There are a range of volunteer opportunities available from field, operations, peer support and welfare. The SES welcomes volunteer applications from people of all ages and physical abilities.

Woman with pony tail in orange SES uniform

Caitlin Chew has been a SES volunteer for nearly three years and says a desire to help people in the community motivated her to join.

“I enjoy learning new things and being involved with the community. I have met so many great people and picked up lots of practical skills along the way,” Caitlin said.

“The most rewarding bit about volunteering with the SES is seeing how grateful residents are for our assistance,” she said.

If you’re up for a new challenge, and want to broaden your skills and give back to the community – give volunteering with the SES a go.

For more information and to apply, please visit the SES website.

For key local weather warnings and tips on how to keep safe, follow the Waverley-Woollahra SES Unit on Facebook.

You can also download the Hazards Near Me app which allows you to track flood and bushfire warnings across NSW – handy for when you are travelling out of the local area.

The Waverley-Woollahra team will be out and about over coming months to speak to local residents about what the SES does and how you can prepare for bad weather – so keep an eye out and make sure to say hi and thanks for all your incredible work!

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