Southern Downs Volunteer Project Warwick co-ordinator Bette Bonney (left) and Southern Downs Regional Council community development officer Pam Burley.
Southern Downs Volunteer Project Warwick co-ordinator Bette Bonney (left) and Southern Downs Regional Council community development officer Pam Burley.

Linking volunteers with needs

The new Southern Downs Volunteer Database Project initiative is being launched in Warwick to encourage organisations and individuals to take volunteering to a new level.

Project co-ordinator Bette Bonney believes each community has its own culture and its own needs.

“That’s why there are two project officers for Warwick and Stanthorpe to sign up organisations and volunteers in both those communities and surrounding districts,” Ms Bonney said.

Organisations and volunteers are encouraged to visit the Volunteering Queensland website under the new “Southern Downs” component and enter their skills and needs into a “skills bank” that works as an automatic linking facility to link volunteers with organisations and events.

Information and training sessions by Volunteering Queensland are available on Tuesday and Thursday at Warwick TAFE for organisations throughout the district.

The training sessions with Volunteering Queensland are free and will include information for organisations wanting to encourage new volunteers to sign up and continue as valued workers.

Over the next couple of months, more sessions will take place in the community.

From planting trees and visiting the elderly to providing legal advice for a local community organisation, volunteers are needed to make a difference in the community.

“It’s not just Meals on Wheels, there are so many other volunteer organisations in the community,” community development officer for Southern Downs Regional Council, Pam Burley said.

The volunteer project will also delve into other promotional ideas in the community until Volunteer Week which is May 10-16 this year.

The project is possible through funding by the Queensland Government’s “Blue Print for the Bush” and further support by Southern Downs Regional Council to promote volunteering and encourage volunteers and businesses within the Southern Downs to register their needs and skills on a website database ( www.volqld.org.au)

“Organisations will be able to include information regarding their services as well as the specific skills or qualifications required of anyone wishing to volunteer with their organisation,” Ms Burley said.

Individuals seeking to volunteer will also be able to log on and do the same.

Attendees for training sessions must RSVP before Monday March 15 for the sessions this week on Tuesday March 16 from 6pm-8.30pm and Thursday March 18 from 9am-11.30am at B Block, Dragon St, Warwick TAFE.

Contact Bette via email ( cdsvpcwarwick@halenet.com.au) or on 0459 098 612.



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