The South West Sports Assembly Inc and the Warrnambool City Landcare Group Inc have received a funding boost from the Brumby Government to introduce new people to volunteering and to train and support them to get more involved in the community.
Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney announced today that the South West Sports Assembly Inc had received $2,500, and the Warrnambool City Landcare Group Inc had received $1,200 from the latest round of Victorian Volunteer Small Grants.
She said the South West Sports Assembly Inc had received the grant for its South West Sport and Recreation Club Sustainability Project, and the Warrnambool City Landcare Group Inc for their Volunteer Recruitment Program.
The South West Sports Assembly Inc project plans to run workshops for the South West’s volunteer sport and recreation grassroots clubs on planning for the future, sustainable club management and financial management.
The Warrnambool City Landcare Group Inc will hold a volunteer recruitment drive, participating at community events and forums, delivering presentations about the Group and different projects they are engaged in and the ways volunteers could participate and become members.
“Not only does the community benefit from volunteering, research shows that people who volunteer reap rewards such as improved health and wellbeing, and better employment opportunities,” Ms Tierney said.
“It’s no exaggeration to say many of our most important local organisations, events and services would simply cease to function if volunteers stopped giving their time.”
These two projects are two of 42 new projects to share in $118,161 of Victorian Volunteer Small Grants (VVSG) announced this month. The funding is aimed at helping organisations recruit and train volunteers.
The VVSG program is part of a $21 million support package for volunteering and community enterprises and the Brumby Government will invest a further $6 million over the next four years to help people get involved and increase support for volunteers.
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.
“The Brumby Government is taking action now to make our communities more liveable and ensure all Victorian have a chance to participate in community activities,’ Mr Batchelor said.
“From coaching kids’ sports teams to teaching older people to use the internet or running a local support group, volunteers play an important role in building stronger communities.”
Since 2004, almost 1100 organisations have been funded through the Victorian Volunteer Small grants, with a total of almost $3.3 million across Victoria to support and attract volunteers.
The Victorian Volunteer Small Grants are open to applications. For details visit www.dpcd.vic.gov.au/grants