Hon Paul Miles MLA

Hon Paul Miles MLA

Former Minister for Local Government; Community Services; Seniors and Volunteering; Youth

    Tireless work of WA volunteers celebrated

    17/11/2016 12:00 PM
     
    • Liberal National Government provides $59,528 to celebrate volunteers in WA
    • Thank a Volunteer Day is celebrated on December 5, 2016

    Thousands of West Australian volunteers will be recognised for their community spirit and invaluable contributions, thanks to the Liberal National Government.

     

    Seniors and Volunteering Minister Paul Miles said the Thank a Volunteer Day grants program had awarded more than $59,000 to 62 community groups and organisations.

     

    "It is estimated that four out of five West Australians give their time voluntarily, and yet many do not get the full credit they deserve," Mr Miles said.

     

    "Many communities rely on their volunteers - whether it is for firefighting duty, coaching children's sports or co-ordinating charity events.

     

    "Without them, Western Australia would be a much poorer place."

     

    The grants of up to $1,000 will see a variety of events held across WA, ranging from self-care workshops for volunteers to celebratory functions.

     

    In the City of South Perth, volunteers will be acknowledged by the Mayor for their efforts at the annual Volunteer of the Year awards ceremony and breakfast.  The event provides an opportunity for volunteers to share stories of their contributions to the local community.

     

    The Minister said the State Government was committed to supporting volunteers throughout WA, providing more than $1.2 million to the sector in 2015-16.

     

    "Thank a Volunteer Day provides all West Australians with the opportunity to honour the tireless work of our volunteers who play such an essential role in communities across WA," Mr Miles said.

     

    Fact File

    • Thank a Volunteer Day coincides with International Volunteer Day, which was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1985
    • The estimated socio-economic and cultural value of volunteering to WA in 2014 was about $39 billion

    Minister's office - 6552 6600

     

    Thank a Volunteer Day grants program recipients

     

    Organisation NameProject NameGrant AmountProject DescriptionRegion
    Shire of Shark BayThank a Volunteer Day Breakfast$1,000The Shire of Shark Bay will host a BBQ breakfast held at the emergency services precinct on Durlacher Street. Volunteers will be asked to register their attendance prior to the event to ensure that they receive a thank you gift and acknowledgement on the day.

    Gascoyne

     

    Kalgoorlie Boulder Volunteer Centre Inc.KB Volunteer Awards$909The Kalgoorlie Boulder Volunteer Centre Inc. will host a carnival-theme awards dinner to recognise the efforts of the volunteers from various organisations within the region.

    Goldfields 

    Shire of Esperance2016 Thank a Volunteer Day Cinema event$1,000The Shire of Esperance will host the 2016 Thank a Volunteer Day Cinema event. Volunteers will be invited to attend a matinee or evening screening of a film followed by a presentation by a Council Member who will acknowledge volunteers for the work they do within the community. Light refreshments will be served and a display of photos from volunteer organisations will be showcased.

    Goldfields

     

    Albany & Regional Volunteer Service Inc.Thank A Volunteer Day in the Community Garden$1,000Albany & Regional Volunteer Services will host the Thank A Volunteer Day in the Community Garden event. Volunteers from 85 community groups will be invited to attend a daytime event that will feature food and information stalls and live entertainment. Volunteers will receive a pot of colour as a thank you for all the work they do within the community.Great Southern
    Wellstead Community Resource CentreWellstead Thank a Volunteer BBQ$820Wellstead Community Resource Centre will host an evening BBQ to thank volunteers within the district for the contribution they make to the community throughout the year. Great Southern
    Hopetoun Progress Association Inc.High Tea for our High Valued Volunteers$1,000The Hopetoun Progress Association Inc. will host a catered high tea as a token of appreciation of their value to the community.  The Shire CEO will be invited to present medals of recognition to each volunteer.  Local community groups will be contacted and asked to submit a list of their volunteers to be invited to attend. Great Southern
    Shire of CranbrookThank a Volunteer Day$1,000The Shire of Cranbrook will host a morning tea event in Cranbrook and Frankland River to ensure that all community volunteers can take part in the celebrations. There will be guest speakers from Albany & Regional Volunteer Service Inc., and there will be a presentation of WA Volunteer Services Awards for volunteers who have contributed more than 25 and 50 years of community service.Great Southern
    Shire of DenmarkThank a Volunteer Day Celebration$1,000The Shire of Denmark will host the Thank a Volunteer Day Celebration event. Volunteers and community organisations will be encouraged to create a display for the event that highlights their volunteering achievements. Council staff will serve guests a light supper and there will be a door prize and other gifts as a thank you for the contribution volunteers make towards the community.Great Southern
    Shire of KatanningMerry Monday (International Volunteer Day)$1,000The Shire of Katanning will host the Merry Monday (International Volunteer Day) event. Volunteers will be invited to an afternoon tea where they will each receive a 'Katanning's Greatest Volunteer' mug as a token of appreciation. Food and drinks will be served and there will be local guest speakers and entertainment.Great Southern
    Shire of PlantagenetThank a Volunteer Day BBQ$1,000The Shire of Plantagenet will host a BBQ that will be cooked by the Shire President and served by the Shire CEO. There will be guest speakers including the 2015 WA Youth Volunteer of the Year and FESA Youth Achievement Award recipients, and volunteers will be formally acknowledged for their achievements over the past year.Great Southern
    Yongergnow - Ongerup Community Resource Centre Inc.Thank a Volunteer dinner$1,000Yongergnow - Ongerup Community Resource Centre Inc. will host a catered dinner for community volunteers. There will be speeches and a special awards presentation to acknowledge the contribution volunteers make towards the community.Great Southern
    Broome Community Information Resource Centre and Learning Exchange Inc.Thank a Volunteer Day Barbecue$1,000Broome Community Information Resource Centre and Learning Exchange Inc. will host the Thank a Volunteer Day Barbecue event. Volunteers will be invited to attend a community event where they will be presented with a certificate of appreciation. There will also be a special Volunteer of the Year trophy which will have the recipient's name engraved on it and they will be able to display it at their volunteering organisation for a year. After the presentations, volunteers will enjoy a BBQ, drinks and live entertainment.Kimberley
    Kununurra Community Resource Centre Inc.Thank an East Kimberley Volunteer 2016$1,000The Kununurra Community Resource Centre Inc., in partnership with other organisations within the community, will host complimentary breakfasts from 7am to 8am, throughout the towns in the East Kimberley region.  Local volunteers will be acknowledged for the services to the community and it will also act as a network opportunity.  Discount cards for local businesses will be presented as a thank you and to also encourage volunteers to shop local during the holiday period.Kimberley
    Chapman Valley Men's Shed Inc.Chapman Valley Thank A Volunteer & Market Day$1,000Chapman Valley Men's Shed Inc. will host the Chapman Valley Thank A Volunteer & Market Day event. Community volunteers will be invited to attend the event where they will be acknowledged by the Shire and Men's Shed presidents. There will be live music, food and refreshments.Mid-West
    The Roman Catholic Bishop of Geraldton Centacare Family ServicesThank a Volunteer Day and Volunteer of the Year Awards 2016$1,000The Roman Catholic Bishop of Geraldton Centacare Family Services will hold an award ceremony in recognition of the valuable contribution volunteers make to the community followed by light refreshments, entertainment and photography.Mid-West
    Shire of MingenewMingenew Community BBQ$1,000The Shire of Mingenew will host a BBQ at the local recreation centre. There will be a range of activities and volunteers will be acknowledged for the work they do throughout the year.Mid-West
    Shire of Perenjori2016 Thank a Volunteer Dinner$1,000The Shire of Perenjori will host a dinner where community volunteers will be presented with Certificates of Appreciation as a way to acknowledge and thank them for all their hard work. Volunteer organisations will be involved in the consultation process to ensure that the event meets the needs of the volunteers.Mid-West
    Shire of Three SpringsThank a Volunteer Day luncheon$1,000The Shire of Three Springs will host a luncheon for community volunteers where they will be acknowledged for their efforts over the past year. Entertainment will be provided by the Morawa Brass Band.Mid-West
    Meekatharra Community Resource CentreThank a Volunteer Community BBQ$1,000The Meekatharra Community Resource Centre will host a 'Thanks Mate BBQ.'  This event is to acknowledge the volunteers who consistently offer their time for the benefit of the community from the various organisations in the region.Mid-West
    Town of BassendeanThank a Volunteer Day - Town of Bassendean$1,000The Town of Bassendean will host a free screening of a new film at Telethon Community Cinemas followed by refreshments and a short video showing the mayor thanking the volunteers for their service.North East Metropolitan
    City of SwanThank a Volunteer Day: Volunteer Space$1,000The City of Swan will host the Thank a Volunteer Day: Volunteer Space event. Volunteers from community groups throughout Ellenbrook will be invited to a BBQ at Ellenbrook District Open Space. Prior to the event, the City will erect a concrete seat and plaque acknowledging the commitment of community volunteers.North East Metropolitan
    Volunteer Centre of Western Australia Inc. - Stirling Volunteer HubStirling Community's 'Thank a Volunteer' Day$1,000Volunteer Centre of Western Australia Inc. - Stirling Volunteer Hub will host a pop up stall at The Square Mirrabooka. They will share information about the work volunteers do within the community and hand out 'thank you' cupcakes to local volunteers. Community organisations will be encouraged to send their volunteers to the centre to receive their thank you gift. North West Metropolitan
    Lions Club of WaroonaWaroona Lions 'Thank You' Christmas Party for All Volunteers during the Past Year$700The Lions Club of Waroona will host its annual Christmas Party to thank the volunteers who assisted with the January 2016 bushfires in the region.   The volunteers from the neighbouring Lions Clubs of Mandurah, Pinjarra, Harvey, Collie, Boddington and Brunswick Junction will be invited to the event.Peel
    Shire of WaroonaThank a Volunteer Day Breakfast$1,000The Shire of Waroona will host breakfast events at Waroona and Preston Beach to ensure that all volunteers get the opportunity to be acknowledged for the contribution they make within the community. Counsellors and Shire staff will prepare, cook and serve the meals.Peel
    Shire of East Pilbara2016 Thank a Volunteer Day$1,000The Shire of East Pilbara will host three events in Newman, Marble Bar and Nullagine to ensure that all volunteers have an opportunity to have their hard work acknowledged. There will be an awards presentation at each event and food and beverages will be served.Pilbara
    Volunteer Centre of Western Australia Inc. - Pilbara Volunteer HubKarratha Community's 'Thank a Volunteer' Day$1,000The Volunteer Centre of Western Australia Inc. - Pilbara Volunteer Hub will host a pop up stall at Karratha Shopping Centre. They will share information about the work volunteers do within the community and hand out 'thank you' cupcakes to local volunteers. Community organisations will be encouraged to send their volunteers to the centre to receive their thank you gift. Pilbara
    City of ArmadaleThank a Volunteer Day$680The City of Armadale, in partnership with the City of Gosnells, will host the Thank a Volunteer Day Event. Community volunteers will be invited to attend a 'Self-Care - Looking After Yourself' workshop that aims to assist in the prevention of compassion fatigue. A catered lunch will follow the workshop which will provide an opportunity for the cities to thank volunteers for the work they do throughout the year.South East Metropolitan
    City of South PerthThank a Volunteer Breakfast and Volunteer of the Year Awards Ceremony$1,000The City of South Perth will host the annual Thank a Volunteer Breakfast and Volunteer of the Year Awards Ceremony. Volunteers will be acknowledged by the mayor for their efforts and will be served a buffet breakfast with entertainment.  Those volunteers nominated will receive a certificate of appreciation and recognition from the mayor. Winners will be presented with a trophy by the mayor who will then share stories of their contribution and dedication to their chosen organisations.South East Metropolitan
    Volunteer Centre of Western Australia Inc. - Canning Volunteer GatewayBelmont Community's Thank a Volunteer Day$1,000The Volunteer Centre of Western Australia Inc. - Canning Volunteer Gateway will host a pop-up stall in the Belmont Forum Shopping Centre. They will share information about the work volunteers do within the community and hand out 'thank you' cupcakes to local volunteers. Community organisations will be encouraged to send their volunteers to the centre to receive their thank you gift. South East Metropolitan
    Brunswick Junction Community Resource Centre Inc.Thank a Volunteer Day Morning Tea$220Brunswick Junction Community Resource Centre Inc. will host the Thank a Volunteer Day Morning Tea event. Community volunteers will be invited to attend a friendly social gathering celebrating the work that they do. A guest speaker will formally acknowledge and thank the volunteers and participants will be invited to share their volunteering stories with each other.South-West
    The Bethanie Group Inc.Shire of Dardanup Thank a Volunteer Day$1,000The Bethanie Group Inc., in partnership with the Shire of Dardanup, will host an informal finger food dinner which will be open to all volunteers in the local community.South-West
    Volunteer South West Inc.A Thank a Volunteer Day with a Trip to the Gallery$935Volunteer South West Inc. will treat their volunteers to a guided tour at the Bunbury Regional Art Gallery followed by light lunch, entertainment and presentation of 'certificates of recognition' to volunteers for their hard work.South-West
    Shire of Augusta-Margaret RiverThank a Volunteer Day Sundowner$1,000The Shire of Augusta-Margaret River will host a sundowner event for community volunteers. There will be live entertainment, refreshments, door prizes and thank you gifts, as well as an awards presentation for the Volunteer of the Year and Youth Volunteer of the Year. South-West
    Shire of CapelThank a Volunteer Day Breakfast$1,000The Shire of Capel will host the Thank a Volunteer Day Breakfast event. Volunteer groups will be asked to nominate two volunteers to attend the event which will be held at Elgin Hall. Guests will be treated to a full breakfast and will be acknowledged for the work that they do within the community.South-West
    Harvey Recreation and Cultural Centre Inc.Harvey Thank a Volunteer Day 2016$1,000The Harvey Recreation and Cultural Centre Inc. will host a week of free activities for local volunteers.  An event passbook will be handed out to community groups that will provide information on each of the activities.  The event will be promoted through various local media and all participants will qualify for entry to a raffle.South-West
    Yarloop Community Resource Centre Inc.Yarloop Thank A Volunteer$1,000Yarloop Community Resource Centre Inc. will host a Sundowner to show their appreciation to all those who volunteered their time to the Yarloop fire in January 2016. A certificate of appreciation will be awarded to each volunteer, followed by a meal.South-West
    Shire of ManjimupThank a Volunteer Day Celebration$1,000The Shire of Manjimup will host events in Manjimup, Northcliffe, Pemberton and Walpole, to ensure that all community volunteers get an opportunity to celebrate and have their achievements acknowledged. South-West
    Nannup Community Resource Centre Inc.Nannup Volunteers Sundowner$1,000The Nannup Community Resource Centre Inc. will host a whole community sundowner to acknowledge and celebrate the varied roles of volunteers within the community.  The event will be held in the gardens of the organisation and awards of contribution will be presented to volunteers to acknowledge their service.South-West
    Baldivis Events Inc.Baldivis Thank a Volunteer Day Celebration$1,000Baldivis Events Inc. will conduct the Baldivis Thank a Volunteer Day Celebration event. Community groups will be asked to nominate two of their volunteers to attend an evening event where they will have the opportunity to network with other volunteers and share their experiences. Each group will be given a Certificate of Appreciation as a thank you for the hard work that they do throughout the year.South West Metropolitan
    City of CockburnThank a Volunteer Day Breakfast$1,000The City of Cockburn will host the Thank a Volunteer Day Breakfast event. More than 100 volunteers from various organisations across the City will come together to celebrate the work that they do throughout the year.South West Metropolitan
    City of Kwinana"Thank a Volunteer Day"$1,000The City of Kwinana will host the 'Thank a Volunteer Day' event. Volunteers from across the community will be invited to an afternoon tea where they will take part in a filmed interview where they can discuss what motivates them to volunteer.  The film will then be edited and uploaded onto the City's website.South West Metropolitan
    Hamilton Hill Community GroupCelebrating Hamilton Hill Volunteers$1,000The Hamilton Hill Community Group will invite 32 volunteer organisations from the community to an informal meet-and-greet excursion.   A 30 minute bus trip to local historical sites will be followed by a visit to the museum and then to Manning Park for a guided tour and morning tea.South West Metropolitan
    Nungarin Community Resource Centre Inc.Thanks for Making It Happen Celebration$800The Nungarin Community Resource Centre will host a thank you lunch at the Woolshed Hotel for volunteers from 20 community and sporting organisations in the region.  Volunteers will be presented with a personalised thank you card that has been created by students of the Nungarin Primary School.  Wheatbelt
    Bencubbin Community Resource Centre Inc.Bencubbin Thanks our Volunteers$1,000Bencubbin Community Resource Centre Inc. will host the Bencubbin Thanks our Volunteers event. Volunteers and families from Bencubbin, Gabbin and Welbungin will be invited to attend a sundowner and street party as a thank you for all the work they do for the community. There will be a free BBQ, light refreshments and a range of live entertainment.Wheatbelt
    Shire of Wongan-BalliduThank a Volunteer Day - Thank you for all that you do$1,000The Shire of Wongan-Ballidu will host the Thank a Volunteer Day - Thank you for all that you do event. Community volunteers will be invited to a catered evening event with a special performance by Gary Lynn. Wheatbelt
    Cunderdin Community Resource CentreDon't Let Our Volunteers Disappear$965Cunderdin Community Resource Centre will host a free event at the local swimming pool. There will be a sausage sizzle lunch and a range of fun activities. The aim of the event is to acknowledge the contribution that volunteers make towards the community.Wheatbelt
    West Arthur Community Resource CentreCommunity Catch-up - Thank a volunteer Day$1,000West Arthur Community Resource Centre will host an evening BBQ to thank their volunteers for the contribution they make to the community.Wheatbelt
    Wickepin Community Resource Centre Inc.Thank a Volunteer Event - Big Community Bash$1,000The Wickepin Community Resource Centre will incorporate the themes of Thank a Volunteer Day, Christmas and a harvest get together to recognise and thank the local volunteers for their contribution to the community.Wheatbelt
    Wyalkatchem Community Resource Centre Inc.Thank a Volunteer Day$1,000Wyalkatchem Community Resource Centre Inc. will host a BBQ in a relaxing and social environment to thank their volunteers for the invaluable contribution they make towards the community. Wheatbelt
    Shire of CorriginCorrigin Thank a Volunteer Day "Nibbles in the Park"$749The Shire of Corrigin will host the Corrigin Thank a Volunteer Day 'Nibbles in the Park' event. Local volunteers will be invited to attend a sundowner at Miss B's Park. There will be light refreshments and volunteers will be acknowledged for all their hard work throughout the year.Wheatbelt
    Shire of CuballingThank a Volunteer Day BBQ$1,000The Shire of Cuballing will host a BBQ for community volunteers. The event will include a presentation of certificates of appreciation and photos from the evening will be posted on the Shire's website, Facebook page and in the local Cuballing newspaper.Wheatbelt
    Shire of DowerinStreet Party Event$1,000The Shire of Dowerin will host a whole of community street party. The event will include entertainment, food stalls and festivities as a way to acknowledge the contribution volunteers make towards the community. Due to harvest the event cannot be held on December 5, however, during this week they will promote the Thank a Volunteer Day message through print media, social media and the Shire and CRC websites.Wheatbelt
    Shire of GoomallingGoomalling Thank a Volunteer Day$1,000The Shire of Goomalling will host a relaxing afternoon event where community volunteers will be formally acknowledged with a certificate of appreciation. Food and drinks will be served and there will be a range of live entertainment.Wheatbelt
    Shire of MukinbudinThank a Volunteer Day - Progressive Community Dinner$1,000The Shire of Mukinbudin will host a progressive community dinner. Volunteers will be invited to attend a series of events held at different locations throughout the Shire, the evening will conclude at the Mukinbudin Sporting Complex where guests will be acknowledged and treated to a performance by a local band.Wheatbelt
    Wyalkatchem Men's Shed Inc.Wylie's Extraordinary Active Volunteers$1,000Wyalkatchem Men's Shed Inc. will host the Wylie's Extraordinary Active Volunteers social event. The aim of this whole of community event is to acknowledge and celebrate the valuable contribution that volunteers make within the community. Wheatbelt
    Shire of NarroginThank a Volunteer Day Sundowner$1,000The Shire of Narrogin will host a sundowner event where community volunteers will be presented with a Certificate of Appreciation. Light refreshments, drinks and entertainment will be provided.Wheatbelt
    Shire of WaginThank a Volunteer Day Sundowner$1,000The Shire of Wagin will host a sundowner at the Wagin Memorial Swimming Pool which will include a BBQ, refreshments and entertainment. The Shire President and CEO will give a short presentation thanking the volunteers for their commitment to the community.Wheatbelt
    Shire of Boddington2016 Thank a Volunteer Day BBQ$1,000The Shire of Boddington will host an evening BBQ at the local foreshore. There will be a range of entertainment, a presentation of certificates of appreciation and local dignitaries will be invited to talk about the importance of volunteering within the community.Wheatbelt
    Shire of WanderingCommunity Summer BBQ$1,000The Shire of Wandering will host the Community Summer BBQ event. Volunteers will be invited to a special screening of a short film highlighting the contribution that they have made within the Shire. Wheatbelt
    Merredin Community Resource Centre Inc.Thankyou Volunteers$1,000Merredin Community Resource Centre will host a Thankyou Volunteers event, at the Australia Day Breakfast, to support and encourage community volunteers.Wheatbelt
    Pingelly Community Resource Centre Inc.Pingelly Thank a Volunteer Day$750The Pingelly Community Resource Centre, collaborating with the Shire of Pingelly, will host a late afternoon tea for local volunteers.  A certificate will be presented to the volunteers by the Shire President to recognise the service they provide.  Volunteers will be asked to contribute stories about their group or events to be highlighted during the presentation.Wheatbelt
    Quairading Community Resource CentreThank You from Quairading$1,000Quairading Community Resource Centre, collaborating with the Inside Out Project, will acknowledge and thank the community volunteers by photographing and printing their portraits to be displayed at the local shopping precinct.  The project is viewed as a novel way to acknowledge and celebrate the contribution of volunteers and also to encourage others to be involved in the community.Wheatbelt

     

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