The Slim Dusty Centre in South Kempsey is always seeking community-minded volunteers to be part of its dedicated team.
Being a not-for-profit organisation, volunteers are not only a great asset to the centre, but critical to its daily administration and operation.
Manager Michele Atkinson considers the volunteers the centre’s greatest resource not just because of the time and effort they devote, but for the knowledge and expertise they add as well.
“The centre is a community resource and a multipurpose facility and we are looking for dedicated volunteers with a range of skills and interests to become involved,” she said.
“The centre and museum is strongly supported by our volunteers but there is always the need for us to engage more of these amazing people.
“We are open to all ages and we give the assurance they are very much appreciated.”
There are many different ways volunteers can assist and all necessary training is provided.
“They might like to volunteer in the museum where we house so much of Slim’s memorabilia,” Mrs Atkinson said.
“They can meet and greet the many visitors who travel from all over Australia and the rest of the world.
“They can also guide tours or choose to work in the general store, cafe or at the front desk.
“The presentation of our grounds is another important feature and we always need help with mowing, whipper snipping, cleaning and general handyman tasks.”
Kempsey woman Shirley Thring told the Argus she loves volunteering at the centre because she’s a passionate advocate of Kempsey.
“It’s a wonderful town – a giving town – almost everyone volunteers for something,” she said.
“When I’m volunteering here I’m representing the whole Macleay Valley not just the Slim Dusty Centre.
“Slim is still attracting 200-300 people per week and when they’re here, it gives us a chance to sell the valley and its other attractions.”
Volunteers choose how often they attend with some doing four hours per week and others contributing more than 15 hours.
For those over 55-years-old, volunteer work at the Slim Dusty Centre is recognised by Centrelink.
So if you’ve got some spare time on your hands and would like to give back to your community, why not volunteer at the Slim Dusty Centre.