Embracing & uniting multicultural Australia, Access Community Services

Access Community Services Ltd (Access) has been nominated for the Volunteering Impact Award for their extensive and varied volunteer programs.

Access is one of Australia’s leaders in multicultural issues, with over 30 years of experience in providing housing, employment, training, youth support services and enterprise opportunities for migrants, refugees and Australian-born clients.

Access has recruited over 700 volunteers across Queensland, including volunteers from 60 countries around the world, with a range of 45 languages spoken. Their volunteers make a huge positive impact in their communities, and their programs change hundreds of lives each year.

Access Community Services Ltd (Access) has been nominated for the Volunteering Impact Award for their extensive and varied volunteer programs.

Access is one of Australia’s leaders in multicultural issues, with over 30 years of experience in providing housing, employment, training, youth support services and enterprise opportunities for migrants, refugees and Australian-born clients.

Access has recruited over 700 volunteers across Queensland, including volunteers from 60 countries around the world, with a range of 45 languages spoken. Their volunteers make a huge positive impact in their communities, and their programs change hundreds of lives each year.

Naomi Musangi, a volunteer with Access, found paid employment in both her passion for dance and through work experience in the Access café through Access’s volunteer programs.

“I was very happy about the great opportunity that Access offered me, that was beyond my expectation,” Ms Musangi said.

“To be honest I never imagined that I will be offered so much from just volunteering.”

Alain Paul Guillemin echoed the incredible impact Access has: “The beautiful thing about Access is looking after the underprivileged, the rejected and the most deprived and to give them hope, open the doors for them and help them to become good Australian citizens.”

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.