Chance to say thanks to WA’s volunteers
WA values and encourages volunteering and we should be proud of the difference this effort makes to a range of good causes: from sport to health, education, cultural and environmental initiatives.
The economic benefit of volunteering is valued at $39 billion per annum but this figure does not capture the intangible social and cultural value of volunteers' contribution to the wellbeing and vibrancy of our communities.
About 80 per cent of people aged 15 years and older in WA give their time to the community. National Volunteering Week is an opportunity to reflect on the importance of this collective effort.
The State Government, in partnership with Volunteering WA and local governments, will be supporting a range of community events to publicly acknowledge the individual efforts of volunteers who are working hard to improve the lives of others and our community.
As Volunteering Minister, I have established a volunteering community reference group to make sure our approaches in this area are informed by real-world experience from the people who know the sector best: volunteers and the organisations that support them. The Government developed the WA volunteering strategy, which provides a framework and strategies for all levels of government, non-government organisations, the private sector and the community to encourage and support volunteering. I look forward to attending the WA Volunteer of the Year Awards this week to hear more inspiring stories and meet the deserving finalists and winners. As Minister, I meet hundreds of volunteers from all walks of life and am always in awe of how much they give, particularly in small towns where the need for help is always so great. I will also be hosting the WA Volunteer Service Awards on Sunday in recognition of members of our community who have volunteered for more than 25 years. Congratulations to all the WA volunteers and thank you for your efforts.