Let's thank our local heroes during Volunteer Week 18-24 May

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Published 20 May 2020

In celebration of National Volunteer Week, we would like to say a huge thank you to all the dedicated volunteers in our local area.

Woollahra Council is lucky to have more than 160 volunteers who help our community in various ways such as in our libraries, at our Bushcare regeneration sites and through our HarbourCare program.

Trish Honeyfield has been a volunteer at our library, helping with children’s programs, for 11 years.

Trish says she decided to volunteer after she finished working in the city and discovered there was a whole community around her that she never knew existed.

“I looked at how I could give back to the community and engage with other people. Volunteering at the library was a no brainer. Kids, books, the library. It was a winner.”


Trish Honeyfield, Woollahra Library Volunteer

Trish says she has particularly fond memories of her days volunteering at the old Double Bay Library at St Brigid’s and holding Story Times outside in Blackburn Gardens.

“I remember one day the Council groundskeeper came and showed the children the leaf blower and they absolutely loved it!”

Trish says volunteering has helped her become part of the broader local community.

“Sometimes when I’m shopping at Westfield, I’ll hear a little voice say: ‘Mummy, that’s Trish from the library!” Trish said.


Library volunteers at last year’s thank you event. 

Mayor of Woollahra, Susan Wynne, thanked our volunteers for everything they do for our community.

“The theme of Volunteer Week 2020 is ‘Changing Communities. Changing Lives’ and that’s exactly what our volunteers do,” the Mayor said.

“To all our volunteers, I’d like to say a really huge thank you.

“You are all amazing, so please accept my gratitude for all that you do on behalf of our very grateful community,” she said.

Now, more than ever, is a good time to consider volunteering with a local group or organisation. Taking up a volunteer role can be a great way to connect with our community and make a real difference.

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