GIVING BACK: RSL welfare volunteers Jo and Greg Dyce.
GIVING BACK: RSL welfare volunteers Jo and Greg Dyce. Amber Macpherson

Make a resolution to volunteer in 2017

VOLUNTEERS do so much in our local communities right across Queensland.

With 2017 just around the corner, I am urging all Queenslanders to make volunteering one of their New Year resolutions.

These tireless volunteers really are the backbone of our state, helping to build happy and healthy communities.

But the benefits don't stop there.

We know volunteers are happier themselves.

And often they have improved levels of physical, mental and emotional well-being.

I know many of us lead very busy lives, with family and work demands.

But even just a couple of hours spent volunteering can make a big difference in the lives of others.

Right across our state, there are local volunteering opportunities that suit everyone, all skill levels and passions.

Queensland volunteers add enormous value to the liveability of our communities.

And you never know what you might gain out of it as well.

So please, if you can spare a few hours to help a community group or charity, visit the website at www.volunteeringqld.org.au

SHANNON FENTIMAN

Minister for Communities