Volunteer Week, which began yesterday, acknowledges the contributions that volunteers make within local organisations and the broader Devonport community.
The theme this year is Changing Communities. Changing Lives.
Devonport City Council offers Certificates of Recognition for organisations to request and present to their volunteers during National Volunteer Week.
Given social distancing requirements, this year Council have extended the submission date until Wednesday, 1 July 2020.
Council has also planned a social media celebration via its Facebook page called Three Cheers for Volunteers.
Each day a different type of volunteer will be celebrated -, from Council volunteers, to volunteers in large organisations and those who quietly assist neighbours with shopping or gardening.
We want to ensure every volunteer is noted and appreciated!
Volunteer Certificates can be requested via the online form located here .
Many local families have spent their time in Coronavirus “lockdown” reacquainting themselves with their kitchens, and the Devonport City Council is keen to share the fruits of their labour.
As part of National Families Week, Council is seeking favourite family recipes which will be included in a recipe book, which will be available to download from Council’s website for the whole community to enjoy.
There is no limit to the type of recipes eligible – It could be one that has been handed down through the generations, or it could be a yummy concoction you, as a family, have created in isolation.
There will be prizes for the top three recipes submitted by Thursday 21 May.
Recipes can be submitted to email@example.com , online at https://www.devonport.tas.gov.au/live/your-community/community-services/community-recipe-book/  or they can be dropped off at the ground floor of the paranaple centre, the East Devonport Child and Family Centre and the Devonport Community House
Entrants are asked to indicate if they do not wish to be included in the recipe book.
We would love a photo of families cooking up a storm to use with their entry.
The pandemic – and the importance of physical distancing for ongoing community wellbeing – means Council is celebrating National Families Week in a different way this year.
However, the current circumstances highlight the importance of the theme of National Families Week – Stronger Families, Stronger Communities – and the role families play by working together to support each other and provide care for those in the broader community.
The State Emergency Service does an amazing job in the North-West helping to keep us all safe day in and day out.
Even in the midst of a pandemic team members have still been out working within our communities.
Since late March they have undertaking daily tasks at each arrival of the Spirit of Tasmania and working with the Tasmania Fire Service and Australian Defence Force personnel on compliance checks for those in isolation.
They have also been involved in search and rescue, road crash rescue and storm responses.
And now is the time to say thanks by wearing orange tomorrow as part of Wear Orange Wednesday, which recognises their service.
The paranaple centre will also be bathed in orange on Wednesday night to recognise SES workers.
To learn more visit http://www.wearorangewednesday.com.au/tas-ses/ 
CR ANNETTE ROCKLIFF