The Wyndham Volunteering Strategy sets out the strategies and actions that Council will undertake, in partnership with others, to strengthen the local volunteering sector and increase the numbers of volunteers in Wyndham.

Download - Wyndham Volunteer Strategy 2019-2024

Snapshot of Years 1 & 2 (ending 30 June 2021) of the Wyndham Volunteer Strategy

Snapshot of Year 1 & 2 of the Wyndham Volunteer Strategy

Actions in the first and second year (to June 2021) of the Wyndham Volunteering Strategy (2019-2024), have been selected as important to providing a strong foundation for the work to occur over the life of the Strategy.  The impacts of COVID-19 have to some extent, dictated our actions during 2020 and 2021.  In many ways, COVID restrictions have provided an opportunity for volunteer involving organisations to re-imagine their volunteer programs and introduce more flexible, diverse volunteer roles for now and into the future.  Work continues in each of the five key focus areas of the strategy to further scope the range of responses with the most appropriate action for the Wyndham context. 

Some highlights of 20/21 at a glance:

As part of the strategy, we wanted to recognise the contribution that volunteers make to their community and during 2020/21, we did this in a variety of ways.

  • In May, during National Volunteer Week, the Wyndham News featured ‘all things volunteering’ in its centre pages, which featured the inspiring stories of 3 local volunteers (view).
  • In recognition of International Volunteer Day, Council’s CEO sent a video message out to Wyndham volunteers.
  • During 2021, various volunteers have been spotlighted across our social media channels on a monthly basis to celebrate volunteers and raise awareness to the benefits of volunteering.  Read their stories here.

In an effort to propose more flexible offerings for those who wish to volunteer, the volunteer and community group training calendar shifted from traditional face to face training, to online training.

  • Embraced quickly by community, this financial year, council delivered 25 free training sessions to volunteers and community groups. Topics such as ‘Running Successful Online Meetings’; ‘What Next - Preparing for Recovery and Revisioning’; and ‘Online (Virtual) Volunteering’ were received well by community.  
  • Online targeted training was also offered to the Wyndham Volunteer Manager Network to support volunteer involving organisations re-imagine and reactivate their programs.

Council continues to work with volunteers, volunteer supervisors and the sector to reactivate programs and ensure there are continued opportunities for Wyndham residents and organisations to embrace the benefits of volunteering.

View the Snapshot of years 1 and 2 (pdf)

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