ROB Reynolds has some rather impressive statistics as a L2P volunteer.

Since starting with the program that helps learner drivers get their probationary licence, Rob has supervised 23 learners on 207 drives over 590 hours.

He took on the role as a mentor to help young people whose parents or guardians couldn’t assist them to build up the 120 hours of mandated driving experience.

And while he has met some wonderful people in his time, he hasn’t been doing all the teaching. Rob believes being a mentor has taught him to reflect on his own driving because he believes if you are going to tell someone what to do, you have to be prepared to do it yourself.

This National Volunteer Week, South Gippsland Shire Council has recognised and thanked volunteers for the vital role they play in our lives and the significant contribution they make to the region.

Administrator chair Julie Eisenbise thanked everyone who chooses to volunteer and encouraged people to thank volunteers this week for all their hard work.

“Volunteers make our community stronger, especially during times of need, crisis or isolation,” Ms Eisenbise said.

“While most of us were required to stay home amid the global pandemic of 2020, many volunteers supported people in need by packing and delivering food and self-care packages, making hundreds of masks for distribution to disadvantaged communities or continuing welfare checks on elderly clients by phone.”

In the midst of a global pandemic, our volunteer community embraced technology to find ways to maintain social connection with their group members and continue their activities.

At the start of this year, many volunteers returned to their roles and continued to support the programs and activities that keep our residents and visitors socially connected, safe and active.