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First NSW Volunteering Strategy Released
The conclusion of National Volunteer Week has been compounded in the Hunter region by NSW's first-ever 'NSW Volunteering Strategy' which is backed by 4.5 million dollars in resources. The honourable Victor Dominello MP, Minister for communities and Citizenship, launched the new strategy in the Hunter on the May 19th Hunter Volunteer Centre 'High Tea'. Mr Tim Owen MP, and the University of Newcastle's Vice Chancellor, Professor Caroline McMillen helped launching the new strategy, which was created through wide ranging community consultation.
The key strategic needs are:
Making it easier for volunteers
Enhancing the government's web portal will make it easier for people learn about volunteering programs and opportunities, with better links to volunteering centres and representative bodies in the not for profit sector. The portal will also include fact sheets, templates, case studies and links to research for volunteers and organisations. Print material will be provided for those without internet access. Stream-lined regulations to support compliance.
Broadening the volunteering base
By providing media tool kits to equip organisations with the knowledge needed to expand their volunteering base. Competitions for new media campaigns and targeted grants to use digital media and technology to attract and retain volunteers. Online toolkits and workshops on the use of social media will provide guidance, advice and examples of best practices.
Volunteering as a pathway to employment
Encouraging young people and employers to recognise the value of skills acquired through volunteering with skills recognition programs. Provide basic skills training in areas such as occupational health and safety, communications and teamwork. Develop a volunteer logbook.
Improving recognition and support for workplace volunteers
Develop resources to support community groups and businesses to establish corporate volunteering programs, as well as promote the value of volunteering to skilled staff.
Valuing volunteers while celebrating their contributions
'Timebanking' will reward volunteer effort with 'time credits' for mutual support between volunteers. Another tactic is to increase awareness of the 'NSW Volunteer of the Year Award' and 'National Volunteer Week' aiming to encourage country-wide participation.
For a copy NSW Volunteering Strategy please visit the NSW Volunteering website www.volunteering.nsw.gov.au.