Derek Benson

Volunteer at City Mission

TASNomineeSenior Australian of the Year2021

Derek Benson volunteers for City Mission in Youngtown, generously giving four hours of his day three times a week.

Derek was previously a volunteer for Meals on Wheels for 15 years. At the age of 83, when he started to lose his vision, Derek decided to look for other volunteering opportunities. He got in touch with City Mission and told them he was willing to work in any area where they needed help.

Since then, Derek has spent the past seven years sorting through cages of donations. His valuable role helps City Mission transform the lives of more than 10,000 northern Tasmanians by providing a wide range of community assistance and support programs. These include youth services, crisis accommodation, healthcare, and drug and alcohol recovery.

Now 90 years old, Derek has become a part of the City Mission fabric. He is an inspiring example of how Tasmanians can make a vital contribution to their communities at any age.