Volunteers honoured at Redlands networking event

ALL around Australia volunteers have been recognised over the past week for their outstanding contributions and at the Redlands it has been no different.

TEAM: Volunteering Redlands chairperson Nectaria Chronopoulos, Volunteering Redlands volunteer coordinator Deborah Tearle, STAR chairperson Rob Spencer, Victoria Point and Wynnum Manly Community Bank branches of Bendigo Bank senior branch manager Justine Kennedy, deputy mayor Lance Hewlett and bank director Garry White. Senior Branch Manager, Victoria Point &

TEAM: Volunteering Redlands chairperson Nectaria Chronopoulos, Volunteering Redlands volunteer coordinator Deborah Tearle, STAR chairperson Rob Spencer, Victoria Point and Wynnum Manly Community Bank branches of Bendigo Bank senior branch manager Justine Kennedy, deputy mayor Lance Hewlett and bank director Garry White. Senior Branch Manager, Victoria Point &

Volunteering Redlands organised a networking event on Tuesday morning at Volunteering Redlands STAR office at Raby Bay, Cleveland.

CAKE TIME: Rob Spencer, Nectaria Chronopoulos and Justine Kennedy.

CAKE TIME: Rob Spencer, Nectaria Chronopoulos and Justine Kennedy.

Star spokeswoman Neha Shukla said the event had the theme "making a world of difference".

It highlighted the significant impact of volunteers.

She said the networking event for volunteer organisations aimed to encourage collaboration with local businesses, government and community organisations.

"The event was very well attended by Redlands community leaders, managers of Volunteer Involving Organisations and local government representatives," Ms Shukla said.

Ms Shukla said the annual celebration acknowledged the generous contribution made by more than 6 million Australian volunteers.

"Redlands is the home of over 390 community and non-profit organisations supported by thousands of selfless volunteers," she said.

"Networking events like today's not only bring us all together for important celebrations like the National Volunteer Week but they also encourage collaboration within the local businesses, government, community organisations and Volunteer Involving Organisations,"

Volunteering Redlands chairperson Nectaria Chronopoulos said sharing of resources and exchange of ideas would help to improve the overall capacity of the Redlands volunteering sector.

Bendigo community bank branches spokesman Garry White said various forms of support were available, including grants and in-kind support for community projects.

"We are a part of the community fabric and keen to support local projects that benefit the community in the long term," he said.

STAR spokesman Rob Spencer said that for many in the Redlands community, volunteering was simply a way of life.

"The spirit of volunteering in the Redlands community is unique and exemplary. We are very appreciative for each and every one of STAR's 180-strong volunteering team," he said.

Redland City Council community grants coordinator Kate Mullens said community organisations should contact the council if they needed support in applying for community grants and sponsorships.

"We are keen to support capacity building in the Redlands volunteering sector. We have a dedicated team to offer support and guide you through the process," she said.

The event was sponsored by Volunteering Queensland and the Queensland government's inaugural National Volunteer Week Small Grant Initiative.