This week marks National Volunteer Week and 10 local community groups in Stirling will benefit from a share in $9 million of federal funding to support local volunteers across Australia.
The grants awarded are between $1,000 and $5,000, and will enable organisations in Stirling to better support their volunteers to purchase small equipment, pay fuel, transport and training costs.
Federal Member for Stirling, Vince Connelly MP, said today whilst meeting volunteers from B-Attitudes – a grant recipient – that this funding will go a long way in supporting organisations and their volunteers through what has been a tough year.
“Community groups like B-Attitudes serve our community with distinction and can only operate due to the tireless efforts of volunteers.
“Throughout this health and economic crisis caused by Coronavirus, I have been overwhelmed by the response of the community to the needs of our most vulnerable. Through my Coronavirus Care Campaign, volunteers have responded to opportunities to conduct welfare checks on vulnerable seniors, lend a hand to not-for-profits and deliver free meals to health care workers.
“B-Attitudes operate a mobile counselling service in order to address the challenge that drug and alcohol addiction has on our community, and the expert psychotherapists, registered nurses and midwives that offer their services pro bono deserve our thanks and support, as do all the other worthy recipients.
“Their contribution is vital to ensuring that we continue to support families, provide employment pathways for young people and strengthen community resilience,” Mr Connelly said.
National Volunteer Week runs from 18-24 May and is run by Volunteering Australia.
You can get involved in the online activities and show your support for our volunteers by visiting the Volunteering Australia website www.volunteeringaustralia.org/update-on-national-volunteer-week-2020/#/.
List of recipients:
- Conservation Volunteers Australia: $3,200
- B-Attitudes: $5,000
- Bayswater City View Club: $2,000
- Coolbinia Bombers Junior Football Club: $4,850
- Free the Bears: $5,000
- Karrinyup Community Men's Shed: $5,000
- Cahoots Kids' Camp's: $4,800
- Lions Club of North Beach: $2,000
- Mount Lawley Neighbourhood Toy Library: $1,620
- Tuart Hill Yokine Scout Group: $5,000