Victorians are invited to have their say on how the Andrews Labor Government can support people who give up their time to volunteer.
Whether you help at a school, plant trees, support people with a disability, coach a sports team, spend time at a soup kitchen or you fight fires – your feedback can help shape the new Victorian Volunteer Strategy.
The new strategy will help thousands more Victorians get the support they need to help others and it will help strengthen our strong and vibrant culture of volunteering into the future.
Nearly a million Victorians engage in volunteering activities each year, with many more participating in other forms of community support.
Volunteers, community members and leaders from community organisations are encouraged to share their experiences, and views about the challenges and opportunities met by the volunteering sector.
Parliamentary Secretary for Carers and Volunteers Anthony Carbines kicked off the first in a series of strategy consultations for 2020 in Ballarat at a community workshop on Monday, 24 February.
More workshops will be held across Victoria until June 2020. For more information, or to have your say online, visit volunteer.vic.gov.au/strategy.
Close to 1,000 people have already shared their views and experiences on volunteering via the Engage Victoria website. Go to engage.vic.gov.au/victorian-volunteer-strategy to find out more.
The Labor Government has invested $500,000 to support volunteering initiatives over two years in the 2018-19 Victorian State Budget, including digital literacy and leadership training programs.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan
“Volunteering is an integral part of community life across the state – it’s the Victorian way to lend a helping hand to those who need it.”
“This strategy will help better support our state’s volunteers and give people the chance to tell us what volunteering is really like – from the challenges to the opportunities.”
Quotes attributable to Parliamentary Secretary for Carers and Volunteers, Anthony Carbines
“This summer alone we have witnessed the incredible impact volunteers from all walks of life have in keeping Victorians safe, well and strong. That’s why it is so important to us that your voices are heard as we develop the Volunteer Strategy.”