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FEB 2016 FNQVI RE-CONNECTS WITH CASSOWARY COAST REGIONAL COUNCIL

CCRC logoThe Australian Red Cross Tully hosted a Volunteering Presentation for the Cassowary Coast Regional Council and FNQ Volunteers on 9 February 2016

Summary of Presentation and Discussion

Volunteering Presentation

  • Volunteering is time given willingly for the common good and without financial gain
  • Volunteering is closely aligned with Community Development and promotes a sense of belonging, social well-being and social inclusion for individuals and community
  • In Queensland, those between 45 -54 years old are most likely to volunteer
  • There are various reasons why and how people choose to volunteer. It is important to ensure any volunteer program is catering for as many reasons and types of volunteering as possible
  • Increase in virtual, corporate, project and event volunteering
  • Volunteering Australia has set out National Standards for Volunteer Involvement, a robust framework to evaluate or use as a guide to develop a program from
  • FNQ Volunteers is able to provide support to developing policy, program and recruiting volunteers

Discussion

Two topics discussed with regard to Councils role with Volunteering Sector

  • CCRC’s own volunteer program
  • CCRC’S role in supporting sector generally

CCRC Volunteer Program

Current Opportunities

  • Cardwell Bush Telegraph Heritage Centre
  • Innisfail and Tully Information Centres
  • Tully and Innisfail Community Nurseries
  • Community Coast Care Volunteers
  • Emergency Services

Possible opportunities to develop

  • Libraries – Storytime and possible Tech Savvy Program

Attendees:

CCRC Staff: Kath Barnett (Cultural & Recreation Development Officer), Richard Blanchette (Tourism), Helen Pedley (Libraries), Kim Agli (Community Development Inclusion & Access), Meredith Russell (HR), Jacqui Szafran (Community Development & Services), Margaret Devenizia (Director Community Services), Shannon Paskins (Nurseries & Community Coast), Andrew Portelli (Disaster Management),

FNQ Volunteers: Annette Shepard (Chair of Board) & Oni Vuniyaro (Service Coordinator)

Red Cross: Emma Reed (Community Engagement Officer) & Sarah Johnson (Community Development Worker)

The meeting was thoroughly informative for all concerned.

20160209 CCRC meeting in Tully

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