Volunteer Expo offers something for everyone

Published: 28 May 2024

The 2024 Mackay Volunteer Expo proves that volunteering offers “something for everyone”.

From emergency service personnel to comedic performers, street chaplains to crime stoppers, wildlife carers to choir singers and everything in between – more than 40 groups will have hundreds of roles on offer.

The expo will be held this Sunday, June 2, from 9am to noon, at the Big Shed in the Mackay Showgrounds.

Mayor Greg Williamson said the National Volunteer Week theme of “something for everyone” was perfectly aligned with the goals of the Mackay Volunteer Expo.

“We love that this expo showcases that no matter what you’re interested in, what your skill levels are or what your level of ability is, there is a volunteer role to suit you,” Mayor Williamson said.

“If you have a sense of adventure and love the great outdoors, then there are groups like the Scouts, Surf Lifesaving, SES and even Pioneer Catchment and Landcare,” he said.

“If you are an animal lover, then there are groups like Australian Wildlife Rescue, Happy Paws Happy Hearts, Mackay Animal Rescue Society and RSPCA Mackay.

“Or, if you have more specific interests, there are tremendous opportunities with Mackay Musical Comedy Players, With One Voice Community Choir, Orange Sky Australia, the Incredable Tip Shop and even Mackay Gridiron Association.

“A volunteer role is an amazing way to learn new skills, build a resume, make friends, feel good and stay active.”

State Emergency Services Local Controller Sarah Lethbridge said one of the biggest advantages their volunteers found was the training provided.

“We help our volunteers to develop skills in everything from first aid and emergency rescue to radio operation, navigation and leadership,” Ms Lethbridge said.

“Our SES volunteers perform so many diverse tasks, from driving flood boats and cleaning up storm damage with chainsaws to administration, logistics and community education.”

“All of our long serving members will tell you that their time as a volunteer has changed their lives.”

Entry to the Mackay Volunteer Expo is free.

For more information, follow Mackay Volunteers Expo 2024 on Facebook.

About Volunteering in Australia

The most recent national data reveals the recovery of volunteering since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic remains slow. The proportion of people volunteering has increased over the last year but is still below pre-COVID levels, and the average number of hours people have volunteered has declined.

  • 32.6 per cent of people volunteered formally.
  • Volunteers estimate that they spent 151 hours volunteering on average.
  • Women were more likely to volunteer than men – 34.1 per cent of women and 30.8 per cent of men volunteered in 2023.

More info: Ongoing trends of volunteering in Australia – November 2023

Volunteer Expo with SES members in attendance

State Emergency Service - Mackay Regional Unit volunteers provided a stretcher demonstration at the 2023 Mackay Volunteer Expo.  From left is Nicole Pasquale, Louise Renton, Alexander McPhee and Peter Ashton.