Brimbank,
26
February
2018
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02:36
Australia/Melbourne

Volunteer your feedback - Have your say about volunteering in Brimbank

Summary

Volunteering strengthen communities. We're calling on the you to provide feedback on the draft Brimbank Volunteer Strategy 2018-2022.

We're calling on the you to provide feedback on the draft Brimbank Volunteer Strategy 2018-2022.

Brimbank Mayor Cr Margaret Giudice said the aim of the draft strategy is to provide strategic direction for the Brimbank community’s volunteering activities and guide Council’s volunteering activities to meet the needs of the community and individuals.

“Volunteering is recognised as a valuable part of life that strengthens communities. The benefits include supporting civic and economic participation, helping to lessen feelings of isolation and loneliness, and supporting social integration and connectedness.

Responding to Emerging Trends

“The draft Brimbank Volunteer Strategy 2018-2022 will ensure Council can respond to emerging trends in volunteering, identify future opportunities for volunteering and put in place relevant 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.

“The Brimbank community has a strong tradition of generously supporting volunteering, and there is a dedicated team of volunteers who ensure the success of many Council events and activities held for the community.

Nearly 400 Volunteers in Brimbank

“Volunteers come from all walks of life and bring a diverse range of skills to their volunteering roles. Last year 387 volunteers lent us a hand in Brimbank, 69 percent were female and 31 percent male, ranging from 15 to over 70 years of age,” Cr Giudice said.

The development of the draft strategy was informed by 94 Brimbank Council volunteers and 21 volunteer-involved organisations that participated in a survey.

Actions under the draft strategy will be guided by the principles of:

  • Effective communication
  • Service excellence
  • Local and regional connections, with focus areas covering current and future volunteering priorities.

Have Your Say

The draft strategy is on public exhibition for four weeks from 23 February. To provide comment visit our Have Your Say page. Feedback is due by Friday 23 March 2018.

Hard copies of the draft strategy will be available to view at Council’s Customer Service Centres, libraries and neighbourhood houses or call 9249 4000.