Brimbank,
18
May
2018
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02:03
Australia/Melbourne

Brimbank gets strategic about volunteering

Summary

Volunteering is recognised as a valuable part of life in Brimbank and in Australia. A new strategy for volunteers has been adopted by Brimbank Council, following community consultation throughout February and March.

Volunteering is recognised as a valuable part of life in Brimbank and in Australia. A new strategy for volunteers has been adopted by Brimbank Council, following community consultation throughout February and March.

Mayor of Brimbank, Cr Margaret Giudice said the newly adopted Brimbank Volunteer Strategy provides a guide for Council to find future opportunities in the volunteering space to recruit, retain and recognise.

“This also allows us to keep in touch with current emerging trends and will keep us on track to put in place the right systems and processes to respond to community needs.

“Council plays an active role in recruiting and coordinating volunteers to support activities and programs across Brimbank and we work in partnership with community organisations and service providers that rely on volunteers.

“We see our volunteers as essential and valuable resources, and the Brimbank community has a strong tradition of generously supporting volunteering.

“We have a dedicated team of volunteers who ensure the success of many Council events and programs. In 2017, over 380 volunteers participated in the municipality bringing with them a range of diverse skills.

“There are well researched and documented benefits of volunteering, such as making a contribution to civic life and the economy, lessening isolation and loneliness, supporting social integration and connectedness, and strengthening communities.

“It seems we’re right on trend with this year’s National Volunteer Week (21-27 May) theme Give a little. Change a lot”, Cr Giudice said.

A copy of the Brimbank Volunteer Strategy 2018-2022 is available by contacting Council on 9249 4000 or visiting brimbank.vic.gov.au