SIGNING UP VOLUNTEERS: Pictured at last week’s street stall in Ballina are Ballina Volunteer Network members (from left) Emily Pettitt from The Cancer Council, Dot Anderson from the Ballina Naval and Maritime Museum, and Joy Davies from Northern Rivers Animal Services.
SIGNING UP VOLUNTEERS: Pictured at last week’s street stall in Ballina are Ballina Volunteer Network members (from left) Emily Pettitt from The Cancer Council, Dot Anderson from the Ballina Naval and Maritime Museum, and Joy Davies from Northern Rivers Animal Services.

How to sign up

WHEN Joy Davies moved to the area five years ago, she was keen to follow her passion of looking after animals.

An advertisement in a newspaper led her to Northern Rivers Animal Services, and she is now the treasurer.

But a new organisation, formed from a partnership of 15 organisations within the shire, aims to make it easier for anyone wanting to volunteer to find a place.

The Ballina Volunteer Network last Thursday held a street stall in River St, and will be holding stalls monthly outside the Wigmore Arcade and alternatively at Ballina Fair. The next one will be held on March 8 at Ballina Fair.

The trio staffing last week's street stall - Joy was one of them - all agreed that finding people to fill voluntary roles was difficult, and that's one of the reasons the volunteer network was formed and is taking the volunteering message to the community. Dot Anderson is a volunteer at the Ballina Naval and Maritime Museum, and has been there for 12 years.

Her late husband was a former submariner in the Royal Australian Navy, and through contact with friends, she signed up to be a volunteer at the museum.

For The Cancer Council, Emily Pettitt said "without volunteers, we couldn't exist".

The Ballina Volunteer Network is being co-ordinated through the Ballina District Community Services Association, which also has plenty of opportunities for volunteers. Phone the BDCSA on 1300 872 281.


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