THE FUTURE OF VOLUNTEERING – IT’S A HAND UP WE ALL APPRECIATE
Residents from across the region can help shape the future of volunteering by having their say as part of the NSW Volunteering Strategy.
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said the new Volunteering Strategy would provide a blueprint for the NSW Government’s investment in the sector over the next decade.
“Volunteers are the lifeblood of our communities and our Government is committed to supporting them. I cannot thank them enough for their support.
“Every day I meet and talk with volunteers – from sporting groups, to the hospital auxiliary, the CWA, service clubs like Rotary, Lions and VIEW Clubs – they really keep our towns and communities alive.
“Whether it is in our larger centres like Tamworth, Gunnedah, Manilla, Walcha, Werris Creek or Barraba to the smaller centres like Nundle, Bendemeer, Moonbi or Carroll, our volunteers will turn up and pitch in with their help.
“It might be as little as keeping a roadside tidy, helping to provide young students a breakfast before school or running major sporting or community events, this contribution is the foundation and life blood of our society.
“I encourage anyone interesting in volunteering to share their thoughts during public consultation on the strategy.
“The new strategy will help reduce barriers to volunteering, improve volunteer recognition and make volunteering attractive to more people.”
“Tell us what you think is working well and what can be improved so we can build a stronger volunteering sector,” Mr Anderson concluded.
Across the state, more than 2.1 million people volunteer, contributing a combined 240 million hours of their time to causes close to their heart. That’s the equivalent of six million full-time working weeks.
An online survey has opened to members of the public and another is available to organisations. The online surveys will close at 5pm Friday 6 September 2019.
Visit: www.volunteering.nsw.gov.au for more information.