Help­ing the helpers

Tweed Daily News - - NEWS -

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.

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