Community to benefit from new volunteering focus
13 September 2016
Improving and creating rewarding volunteering opportunities that will benefit the local community is at the heart of a new volunteering focus for Willoughby Council.
Council’s first Volunteer Strategy was endorsed at last night’s Council meeting (meeting of Monday 12 September 2016) following community and volunteer input.
The five year strategy will see Council aim to increase volunteering opportunities by more than 15 per cent in the first year and introduce new ways of engaging different parts of the community.
Council will seek opportunities to work and partner with local businesses and organisations - not just in traditional volunteer hours, but also for goods, services and knowledge. A pilot project with the Better Business Partnership will help explore and establish these new ways of working.
The strategy will also see a focus on an effort to engage young volunteers through school and church youth groups, as the current volunteer population ages.
"Council has run a successful volunteering program for many years. Vital services like Meals on Wheels, the Linen Service and Bushcare could not operate without the tireless work of our volunteers. But we’ve realised we can be doing this better - better for our volunteers, for Council and ultimately for our community", said Willoughby Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney.
"It’s about creating mutually beneficial relationships between our volunteers and Council, while improving efficiency and making sure our volunteers are taken care of and recognised".
"Our volunteers have given us feedback that they value the social aspect of volunteering. They develop friendships, as a sense of purpose and achievement. We want to help foster and maximise these benefits, but we also want to make sure they are thanked appropriately," Mayor Gail added.
Willoughby Council currently relies on 637 volunteers across 40,000 hours annually to help deliver services and programs including Meals on Wheels, Linen Services, Community Transport, Home Visits, events like StreetFair and Vivid Sydney, Bushcare, MOSAIC and Library activities. Community members, businesses and organisations interested in volunteering opportunities are encouraged to contact Council’s Volunteer Coordinator on 9777 1000.
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