A big 'thank you' to our volunteers

Today we celebrate International Volunteer Day and acknowledge Neighbourhood Watch SA and SAPOL have a long and proud history of engaging volunteers, which now boasts more than 1,200 registered volunteers.

International Volunteer Day is held annually on 5 December and mandated by the United Nations. International Volunteer Day is an opportunity for volunteers and volunteer organisations to raise awareness of, and gain recognition for, the contribution volunteers make to their communities. The theme for International Volunteer Day 2018 is 'Volunteers build resilient communities' – which paints the perfect picture of our NHW volunteers.

Our volunteers contribute thousands of hours each year to support NHW SA – and every hour from every volunteer is making a difference. Currently NHW SA is supported by volunteers across a range of volunteer functions throughout the state, in roles such as area coordinators, newsletter editors, secretaries, newsletter delivery, treasurers and more.

Our volunteers not only help to make local communities safer and more connected but volunteering with NHW also opens new doors. For many volunteers the training and engagement often provides them with unique skills and experiences to assist them in gaining paid employment. In addition to providing valuable volunteering service, 76 former SAPOL volunteers have gained paid employment with SAPOL in areas such as the Call Centre, Police Security Services Branch and as sworn members.

International Volunteer Day provides a perfect opportunity for SAPOL and its staff to acknowledge the help and support provided to the organisation by our volunteers and to say ‘thank you’ for your valuable contribution.

Find out more about how you can volunteer and get involved in your local Neighbourhood Watch group.