Hon Robyn McSweeney BA JP MLC

Hon Robyn McSweeney BA JP MLC

Former Minister for Child Protection; Community Services; Seniors and Volunteering; Women's Interests; Youth

State-wide celebrations for WA volunteers

4/12/2012 12:00 AM
 

  • Minister announces $49,840 in Thank a Volunteer Day Celebration Grants  
Seniors and Volunteering Minister Robyn McSweeney has announced 53 organisations will share in $49,840 of Thank a Volunteer Day Celebration Grants.
 
The grants are awarded annually to eligible community organisations and local government authorities to hold celebratory events tomorrow on International Volunteer Day, locally known as Thank a Volunteer Day. 
 
“Volunteers are the unsung heroes of our communities, with more than 590,000 West Australians providing billions of dollars of unpaid work hours every year,” Mrs McSweeney said.
 
“They perform a variety of roles and many of our State’s community groups could not exist without their tireless efforts.
 
“The State Government is proud to support volunteering and these grants provide an opportunity to recognise the admirable work of WA volunteers.” 
 
      Fact File
  • To ensure balance of events across WA, one grant awarded per local government
  • In 2010 almost 35% of WA adults volunteered, up from 25% in 1995
  • WA volunteering participation rate is 34.9%, with 590,500 volunteers
  • This rate is identical for men and women in WA, at 34.9%
  • Perth’s volunteering participation rate is 33.4%, with 446,400 volunteers
  • More information on Thank a Volunteer Day Celebration Grants at http://www.communities.wa.gov.au
  • List attached of Thank a Volunteer Day Celebration Grant recipients 
Minister’s office - 6552 6500