Dumbo Feather
MEDIA, JOBS & RESOURCES for the COMMON GOOD
News  | 

One in Three West Australians Volunteer


Thursday, 15th May 2014 at 9:18 am
Lina Caneva
One in three West Australians donate their time and effort to volunteer work, according to new figures released as part of National Volunteer Week.

Thursday, 15th May 2014
at 9:18 am
Lina Caneva


0 Comments


FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

 Print
One in Three West Australians Volunteer
Thursday, 15th May 2014 at 9:18 am

One in three West Australians donate their time and effort to volunteer work, according to new figures released as part of National Volunteer Week.

State figures show that 1,691,800 West Australians volunteered over the past 12 months and Western Australia is home to 16,000 volunteering organisations.

Jean Burling, 68, is one of WA’s longest serving volunteers with Surf Life Saving WA since 1957

WA Seniors and Volunteering Minister Tony Simpson said volunteering is most common among people in their early 40s and late 50s,with 43 per cent of people aged 35 to 44 volunteering and 44 per cent of people aged 55 to 64 volunteering.

He said the rate of involvement in volunteering was the same among men and women, with 34.9 per cent of both genders lending a hand.

The WA Liberal National Government has sponsored National Volunteer Week with a $53,000 grant towards local events.  

Volunteers who have clocked up half a century with the same organisation are also being recognised with 50 year badges.

The recent State Government provided $1.46million to support volunteering opportunities across the State.

National Volunteer Week is celebrating its 25th anniversary and comes at a time of uncertainty in Federal funding for peak bodies and volunteer agencies.

The Federal Budget indicated that Volunteer Management Program (VMP) grants, which are due to expire on 30 June, will be extended by six months as an interim measure, with grant recipients and other eligible organisations invited to apply for future funding.

Volunteering Australia said yesterday it was anxiously awaiting confirmation from the Department of Social Services about the specific details of the interim 6 month extension of grant funding to the majority of Not for Profit service providers, including Volunteer Resource Centres and National and State Volunteering peaks.

“The Department has indicated that it will be communicating with organisations very soon to confirm the extensions and outline the proposed new arrangements. We know that Volunteering Australia is not alone in wanting to end the uncertainty about future funding,” CEO of Volunteering Australia Brett Williamson said.

“The ongoing uncertainty has seriously impacted on services planning and resourcing, particularly the retention of key staff within the broader Not for Profit sector.

 

Lina Caneva  |  Editor  |  @ProBonoNews

Lina Caneva has been a journalist for more than 35 years. She was the editor of Pro Bono Australia News from when it was founded in 2000 until 2018.


Got a story to share?

Got a news tip or article idea for Pro Bono News? Or perhaps you would like to write an article and join a growing community of sector leaders sharing their thoughts and analysis with Pro Bono News readers?

Get in touch at news@probonoaustralia.com.au

Get more stories like this

FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

Write a Reply or Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

Reflecting on the voluntary workforce this National Volunteer Week

Adrienne Picone

Thursday, 23rd May 2019 at 8:27 am

NDIS forcing not-for-profit sector reform

Contributor

Thursday, 2nd May 2019 at 7:30 am

POPULAR

Disability royal commission faces boycott threat

Luke Michael

Monday, 16th September 2019 at 4:37 pm

Eight things you need to know about the future of legacy giving

Wendy Williams

Thursday, 12th September 2019 at 8:27 am

Disability pension pushing Indigenous Australians into poverty

Maggie Coggan

Wednesday, 18th September 2019 at 5:26 pm

Dumbo Feather
pba inverse logo
Subscribe Twitter Facebook
dumbofeather

Giveaway time! Simply enter your email for your chance to win a Limited Edition Gift Bundle from our friends at Dumbo Feather.

 Count me in 

You have Successfully Subscribed!