Welcoming refugees with open arms & an open heart, Noeline Clamp – Logan

Noeline Clamp has been nominated for the Lifetime Contribution to Volunteering Award for her hard work and dedication to her community with various charity organisations, as well as being a founder of Access Community Services Ltd (Access).

For over 50 years, Noeline has worked tirelessly in the community by advocating and providing opportunities and support for new refugees and immigrants to Australia.

Noeline’s volunteering began in her youth when she was a member of the Blue Nurses in Queensland before joining the Church of Christ Annerley Meals on Wheels group.

Noeline and her husband Des then founded Access, a not-for-profit organisation established to provide settlement, employment and support services for vulnerable individuals in the region.

Starting with only three staff members, under Noeline’s guidance, Access has become one of the country’s leading settlement agencies, employing over three hundred staff, many of whom are migrants themselves.

Evan Alexander, a fellow volunteer, said “For many people who have escaped horrors and atrocities that most of us will thankfully never know, Noeline is often the first person they come into contact with when they arrive in Australia, and for many young refugees, having lost loved ones prior to or on their journeys to Australia, she is the closest person they have to family or a parental figure in their lives.

“Her generosity in opening her own home … provides a valuable lesson to all of us that there are many ways that we can give back to our community and the people that live in it.”

CEO of Volunteering Queensland, Mara Basanovic, said the Volunteering Awards acknowledge the extraordinary and valuable work done every day by hundreds of thousands of volunteers across the state.

“These prestigious awards highlight and pay tribute to the caring individuals who inspire and epitomise the spirit of volunteerism through their compassion, commitment and hard work. The positive impact they contribute strengthens and connects their communities.”

“The awards also promote the enormous value and vital contribution of volunteering to the economic, social, cultural and environmental well-being of Queensland.”

Award recipients will be announced during National Volunteer Week, which runs from 8-14 May 2017.