December 11, 2009

Timehelp Holroyd wins 2009 Volunteer Team of the Year

Timehelp Holroyd has received the award of 2009 NSW Volunteer Team of the year in a ceremony at Parliament House on 4 December 2009 – to mark International Volunteer Day (5 Dec).

The award recognises the work of a group of 26 retirees from Holroyd for assisting local schools programs and mentoring students. 

In 2004, Alcoa and the Alcoa Foundation helped to set up the Timehelp program where retirees are matched to community projects where they can share their skills and life experience. 
 
Timehelp was established through a partnership with the Charities Aid Foundation. It has branches in Geelong, Hobsons Bay and Moerland in Victoria and Western Sydney.

Alcoa ARP Yennora Location Manager John Costley congratulated Timehelp for the outstanding work they do in schools in the Western Sydney community.
 
“It is testament to the generosity of the retiree community in this area that this program is so successful. Many of these local schools have large numbers of students from non-English speaking backgrounds and these volunteers provide invaluable support and care for the students as they learn to adapt to a new country and language and have to cope with a range of other challenges,” said John.

The volunteers are all local residents who give between one and two days a week at local primary and high schools assisting teachers and staff. Duties vary at one local primary school timehelp volunteers turn up to provide breakfast for the students. Many of the volunteers have seen their own children through these schools and now they have the time to give back their community.

For more information on Timehelp, visit www.timehelp.com.au.
 
The NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards was initiated and co-ordinated by the peak body, the Centre for Volunteering. All winners from the 17 regions which made up the state final are featured on the Centre’s website at www.volunteering.com.au.