Wyndham City’s volunteer program has received top honours for going above and beyond in our management of volunteers.
At the Volunteering Victoria State Awards at State Parliament House on 28th November 2018, Wyndham City received the Excellence Award for demonstrating commitment to going beyond best practice in volunteer management practices. Wyndham City currently has 200 volunteers.
Wyndham City Mayor, and Family Friendly City Portfolio Holder, Cr Mia Shaw, said the award demonstrated Wyndham was leading the sector in the way in which volunteers are managed.
“We take volunteering very seriously at Wyndham. In recent years we’ve reviewed the way in which we manage our volunteer programs, and implemented a number of changes,” Cr Shaw said.
“Some of the areas we’ve looked at are the way in which we recruit volunteers, how we meet set standards of volunteering as an organisation, the training we provide, and how we connect with our volunteers.”
“It’s great to see that our efforts have been recognised, and we look forward to continuing our leadership in this area.”
Volunteering Victoria Chief Executive Scott Miller said: “The Volunteering Victoria State Awards have been running for four years. They were developed in close consultation with the sector and act as a compliment to the Victorian Premier’s Volunteer Champions Award. They recognise that volunteering is changing and the extraordinary infrastructure that exists to make social change possible.”
“Victoria has a strong and proud history of people generously supporting one another, and these awards recognise the often-under-recognised art and skill of organising people’s efforts to ensure outcomes and impact are as best as possible.”
Wyndham City is currently in the process of developing a Volunteering Strategy for the whole community for the next five years.
Cr Shaw said the Strategy aims to create opportunities for growing the number of people who volunteer in Wyndham, support partnership activities between Council and parts of the communityand respond to the changes in the way people are choosing to volunteer.
“Wyndham is home to more than 12,000 people who selflessly give up their time to volunteer to better our community,” Cr Shaw said.
“These people are vital to our community. They keep our sporting clubs and community groups running, care for our environment, strengthen and contribute to art and culture, build stronger connections between the culturally and linguistically diverse in our community, and support the health and wellbeing of others.”
“We’d love to hear from our community on what they think to help shape the strategy.”
For more information on volunteering in Victoria, or to view volunteer opportunities at Wyndham City, visit: https://www.wyndham.vic.gov.au/services/volunteering-grants/about-volunteering/step-volunteering
To provide feedback on the Volunteering Strategy 2019/24 visit: https://theloop.wyndham.vic.gov.au/volunteer-strategy