Appy days for vol­un­teers

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By CAITLIN TILLER

MORE than 430 vol­un­teers at­tended Gov­ern­ment House Gar­dens last month for the na­tional launch of an ap­pli­ca­tion de­signed to stream­line vol­un­teer­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Vol­un­teer­ing Min­is­ter Tony Simp­son, WA Gov­er­nor Kerry San­der­son and other spe­cial guests awarded 10-year vol­un­teers at a gar­den party on In­ter­na­tional Vol­un­teers Day.

West Perth com­pany Eduka de­vel­oped a Smart­phone ap­pli­ca­tion in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Vol­un­teer­ing WA to be used Aus­tralia-wide to con­nect vol­un­teers with ap­pro­pri­ate va­can­cies.

Eduka man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Ashul Shah said it had been an ex­cit­ing project.

“It nicely sums up all the years of work we have done with Vol­un­teer­ing WA and SEEK Vol­un­teer, build­ing a way for Aus­tralian vol­un­teer­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions to eas­ily post their avail­able op­por­tu­ni­ties,” Mr Shah said.

“Now we have one true na­tional vol­un­teer net­work and are offering vol­un­teers op­por­tu­ni­ties in their hand what­ever their in­ter­ests or skills are.”

Vol­un­teer­ing Aus­tralia chief ex­ec­u­tive Brett Wil­liamson said the tool would max­imise and pro­mote vol­un­teer par­tic­i­pa­tion by en­gag­ing with ex­ist­ing and po­ten­tial vol­un­teers in a new way.

“With the GoVol­un­teer App, peo­ple can now search Austalia’s largest data­base of op­por­tu­ni­ties on-the-go, making it even eas­ier to find vol­un­teer po­si­tions,” he said.

“Aus­tralians will truly have op­por­tu­ni­ties in their hand.” Vol­un­teer­ing WA chief ex­ec­u­tive Mara Basanovic said the ap­pli­ca­tion her­alded a new world for vol­un­teer­ing.

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek­mu­ni­ d447361

Katie Till­son, Ben Har­rap, An­gelina Fer­nan­dez, Felic­ity Smith and Ashul Shah show­ing off the new app.

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