A Bayswater volunteer organisation that helps improve the lives of more than 700 frail aged residents and people with disabilities living in the local community is celebrating 25 years of service today.
Volunteering Minister Sue Ellery said Bayswater ECHO (Extended Community Help Organisation) assisted some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people in the community by providing help with life needs.
“The staff and volunteers of Bayswater ECHO should be very proud of themselves for contributing so much to the residents of Bayswater and for reaching this important milestone,” Ms Ellery said.
“I especially congratulate the volunteers who play a significant part in Bayswater ECHO’s services, which includes transport, garden and home maintenance, social interaction and integration.
“On almost 12,000 occasions in 2006–07, the organisation transported clients to dialysis treatments, medical appointments, hospital treatments, shopping and social outings.
“The organisation’s involvement in other areas, such as emergency services and the running of sporting clubs, has also added to the development of a positive and inclusive community.”
Federal Labor Member for Perth, Stephen Smith, said the City of Bayswater was to be commended for providing continuing sponsorship and support to Bayswater ECHO since its inception.
“The city is certainly integral to the success of this organisation,” Mr Smith said.
“Its support, together with continued funding from the Carpenter Government and the Australian Government’s Department of Health and Ageing, has seen Bayswater ECHO grow in size from eight volunteers in 1982 to 10 office workers and 24 field staff.”
The Minister joined volunteers, staff and local residents at the City of Bayswater’s administration centre to celebrate the organisation’s milestone.
“The volunteers at Bayswater ECHO are among 430,000 volunteers in WA - that’s one-third of our population which donates time and energy to a range of community services and projects,” she said.
“Western Australians are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of volunteering to the social and economic wellbeing of our community.
“We can be proud of the fact that WA’s participation rate is two per cent above the national average and that we have the second highest donation rate in the country, behind the ACT.
“I encourage all Western Australians to support our community and enjoy the satisfaction and other benefits volunteering can bring.”
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