The Heywood and District Pony Club Incorporated have received a $2,450 Brumby Labor Government funding boost to support volunteers.
Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP announced today that The Heywood and District Pony Club Incorporated had received the grant from the latest round of Victorian Volunteer Small Grants.
Ms Tierney said the grant is for the Heywood Volunteer Skills Enhancement Program which will train volunteers in Level 2 First Aid, provide workshops to volunteers and provide 4 volunteers with the opportunity to undertake a NCAS instructor’s course through Pony Club Australia.
This plan will improve the club’s capacity to provide quality instruction to their members.
It is one of 25 projects to benefit from the latest round of grants aimed at helping organisations recruit and train volunteers.
The Victorian Volunteer Small Grants program is part of a $21 million package of support for volunteering and community enterprises, a small business where the profits go back to the community.
“The Brumby Labor Government is taking action to support the vital work volunteers play in our local community,” Ms Tierney said
“It’s not only the people being helped by volunteers who benefit, but also the volunteers themselves, with research showing people who volunteer reap rewards such as improved health and wellbeing and better employment opportunities.”
Community Development Minister Peter Batchelor said the lives of people in communities across Victoria were touched daily by the efforts of volunteers who gave their time to help others.
“Volunteering comes in many forms and can include fighting fires, driving a car pool, coaching a footy team or teaching senior Victorians to use the internet,” Mr Batchelor said.
“Volunteers of all kinds play an important role in building stronger communities and are integral to many important local organisations, events and services.”
Since 2004, the Brumby Labor Government has provided more than $5 million in Victorian Volunteer Small Grants to 1346 community organisations.
For more information about grants, visit www.grants.dpcd.vic.gov.au