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Volunteers are a vital part of any organisation and at Dementia Australia we would like to thank our volunteers today, on International Volunteer Day (IVD).
IVD is celebrated each year on 5 December and was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1985. This day celebrates the more than three billion volunteers who offer their services worldwide to different causes. This year’s IVD theme is “Volunteers Act First. Here. Everywhere.”
Dementia Australia Executive Director, Client Services, Susan McCarthy said the organisation was proud of its volunteers.
“Our volunteers reflect our multicultural society, they come from different backgrounds, age groups and life experiences. They are united in their passion to create dementia-friendly communities, where people living with dementia are supported to have a high quality of life with meaning, purpose and value, she said.
“Volunteers have made us a powerful voice for change, influencing the lives of more than 410,000 Australians living with dementia, their families and carers. Worldwide, they are more than 46.8 million people with dementia and 131.5 million predicted by 2050.
“Volunteers play key roles on state and national committees where they are regularly consulted for their firsthand experience and feedback that influences our organisation’s client services, policy and advocacy work,” she said.
Dementia Australia is the national peak body and charity for people, of all ages, living with all forms of dementia, their families and carers. It provides advocacy, support services, education and information. An estimated 436,000 people have dementia in Australia. This number is projected to reach almost 1.1 million by 2058. Dementia Australia is the new voice of Alzheimer’s Australia. Dementia Australia’s services are supported by the Australian Government.
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