Behind the scenes of every event, community group or even every footy match are the South West’s unsung heroes, volunteers making a big difference by giving their time and effort to help their community. Whether it’s helping out with a local sporting groups like the South West Football League, through work like the Alcoans Coming Together in Our Neighbourhoods Program, or giving time to groups like Morrisey, Lions and Leo clubs, St John Ambulance, or lending their time to their local Community Resource Centre — people power coming together make a big difference. This week is National Volunteers Week, a time we can celebrate these people who never do it for the recognition. In honour of these people, Volunteer South West is holding an online event on Tuesday to give some well-deserved recognition to all the volunteers in the region. “Never has it been more important that we take the time to recognise those in our community who continue to give of their time for the common good,” Volunteer South West manager Shamara Williams said. “Volunteers bring our communities together by making them stronger and more resilient, and these last two years it has been especially important to reconnect to our communities and each other, to say thank you. “This year’s wonderful nominations for the South West Volunteer of the Year shows the incredible number of hours volunteers dedicate to our not-for-profit organisations,” Ms Williams said. “Together, through volunteering, we are changing communities for the better.” The City of Bunbury will also give local volunteers recognition through Volunteer Week by lighting up Bunbury’s landmarks in red — the colour associated with volunteering internationally. To join the online event contact Volunteer South West for the event Zoom link by calling 9791 3214 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.