Liverpool Plains shire residents are encouraged to get involved in National Volunteer Week (NVW) activities which will be occurring around the shire from Monday, May 20 until Sunday, May 26.
This year's theme is Making a World of Difference, which Liverpool Plains Shire Council general manager Ron Van Katwyk says "sums up the outcomes achieved by the ... shire's many selfless, dedicated volunteers".
"Volunteers are worth their weight in gold. They share their time and talents, so it is vital to acknowledge their contributions and to let them know how much we appreciate them," Cr Van Katwyk said.
"This year we celebrate 30 years of National Volunteer Week. Established in 1989, National Volunteer Week was the first collaborative attempt to promote volunteering nationally and LPSC is very proud to have been involved throughout the years."
The council is inviting all volunteers and the wider community to attend a free barbecue lunch event on Friday, May 24 at the Emergency Services Precinct in Quirindi between 11am-2pm.
The event will feature workshops by the Rural Fire Service, the Volunteer Rescue Association, and the SES.
The barbecue will be provided by volunteers from Quirindi Lions Club, and is aimed at celebrating the important role volunteers play in the community and to find out more about volunteering.
"Not only do we wish to recognise our volunteers on the day, but we'd also like to introduce the public to the local volunteer groups who assist and serve all the people of the Liverpool Plains Shire," Cr Van Katwyk said.
"The event will be a networking space for local volunteer groups with an opportunity to introduce people to their organisations and a means to recruit new members-no matter the age."
Those interested in attending or participating in this event can contact the council's events coordinator Andrew Ballard on 6746 1755 to confirm numbers for catering purposes.
The Home Support Service (HSS) will also host a barbecue at Werris Creek's Sunset Park on Tuesday, May 21 from 11.30am-1pm to "celebrate what a gift to the community volunteers are".
To confirm attendance for this event, contact the HSS on 6768 7505.