Helping the helpers
A variety of organisations across the Tweed received training in volunteer management at a recent day-long workshop hosted by Tweed Shire Council, in partnership with Regional Development Australia – Northern Rivers.
Organisations participating included a number of community associations such as Tweed Valley Adventist Op Shop, Cudgen Headland Surf Life Saving Club, University of the Third Age, the Menõs Shed organisation, historical societies and wildlife carers, Meals on Wheels, the Southern Cross University Student Association and Wollumbin Family Support.
Participants learned about incorporated associations, how to benefit from the resources of the Northern Rivers Community Gateway, volunteer safety and tips for applying for grants and funding.
Presentations from Regional Development Australia Ð Northern Rivers, NSW Fair Trading Safework NSW and the Northern Rivers Community Gateway provided important information to ensure our community volunteer services are up to date with contemporary practices and informed about the legislative context for volunteers.
Council's Manager Community and Cultural Services, Robyn Grigg, said the workshops provided a holistic view of volunteer management, and built capacity in organisations which were invaluable but often under-resourced.
"Held during National Volunteers Week, it was also a way to say thank you to the wonderful services that volunteers provide to our community," Ms Grigg said.
Local charity and community organisations benefitted from a recent workshop to update their skills.