Hon Mick Murray MLA

Hon Mick Murray MLA

Former Minister for Seniors and Ageing; Volunteering; Sport and Recreation

    Lotterywest funding to help re-engage volunteers

    19/11/2020 3:15 PM
    • Lotterywest funding of $345,000 to Volunteering WA to help re-invigorate volunteering
    • Recruitment and training of volunteers to be a focus
    • Volunteering to build community connections and strengthen social capital

    Volunteering Minister Mick Murray has today presented a Lotterywest grant of $345,000 to Volunteering WA.


    The funding will enable Volunteering WA to re-engage, remobilise and attract volunteers across Western Australia as part of the State's recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.


    All the State's volunteer-involving organisations were challenged earlier this year as part of the COVID-19 response, with the cessation of non-essential services due to tight restrictions on activities.


    The campaign will promote volunteering for social connection to help build a stronger and more resilient community and will run State-wide.


    The funding will also equip existing volunteer organisations to engage with new and returning volunteers through recruitment and training, including measures to ensure volunteers remain COVID-safe.


    Comments attributed to Volunteering Minister Mick Murray:


    "Volunteering creates opportunities for the whole community to come together, enhance community connection and strengthen social capital.


    "With restrictions easing, it's a perfect time for volunteers to re-engage - and for new volunteers to step forward.


    "People who volunteer experience better mental and physical wellbeing, a stronger sense of community and a greater sense of purpose.


    "For every $1 invested in volunteering, $4.50 is returned to the community - meaning Western Australian communities will reap the rewards of this Lotterywest grant."


    Comments attributed to CEO of Volunteering WA Tina Williams:


    "These programs demonstrate the value volunteers bring to our community and ensure we future-proof the volunteering sector following the disruption and uncertainty brought about by COVID-19.


    "An investment in volunteering is an investment in community cohesion, and we look forward to playing a part in rebuilding WA."


    Minister's office - 6552 6400