- WA State Volunteering Conference on June 12 and 13 in Perth
Solutions to grow the volunteering sector and assist society's most disadvantaged people were discussed by Western Australian volunteers and professionals at a conference today.
Hosted by Volunteering WA, in association with Lotterywest, the Department of Local Government and Communities and Woodside, the WA State Volunteering Conference gives sector experts the opportunity to share knowledge and skills. The two-day conference began this morning at the Duxton Hotel in Perth.
Conference attendees include representatives from volunteer-involving organisations, government, chief executive officers, and corporate and not-for-profit volunteer managers from all areas of the community.
The conference is aligned with the recently launched WA Volunteering Strategy that aims to support and grow the sector by responding to the latest trends, harnessing technology and strengthening management and training.
The State Government also recently opened the latest round of Thank a Volunteer Day grants which align with the Volunteering Strategy's aim to recognise and value volunteering.
Applications close on June 22 for the grants program, where up to $1,000 is available for community organisations to host events or activities on Thank a Volunteer Day, also known as International Volunteer Day, on December 5, 2017.
More information on the strategy and grants program is available at https://www.dlgc.wa.gov.au
Comments attributed to Volunteering Minister Mick Murray:
"Western Australians are undoubtedly generous, with an estimated 80 per cent of people aged 15 years and over, giving their time for the good of the community. Without their contributions, our economy and our communities, particularly small country towns, would grind to a halt.
"The WA State Volunteering Conference is an opportunity to learn how to better tap into this generous spirit by stimulating new ideas and solutions, and sharing the latest research, innovation and knowledge.
"Initiatives such as the conference and Thank a Volunteer Day Grants Program are aligned with the McGowan Government's WA Volunteering Strategy that aims to support volunteering and recognise our volunteers."
Minister's office - 6552 6400