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New WeDo app to connect young South Australians with volunteering

2016-09-05

A new smart phone app is now available to help young South Australians find volunteering opportunities and keep track of their volunteering  hours.

The WeDo app makes volunteering easier, listing hundreds of different volunteer opportunities across the state. Users can express interest, connect with organisations directly or let the app match their profile to volunteering  opportunities.

Volunteers Minister Zoe Bettison said the WeDo app can help people find one-off volunteering opportunities, as well as short and longer-term roles.

It also allows users to keep a record of the number of hours they have volunteered, and have them verified by their volunteer organisation. This record will be especially valuable when applying for jobs.

As part of the launch of the WeDo app, there will be a dedicated WeDo stand at the Royal Adelaide Show, including information about the app, demonstrations, and general information about volunteering.

The WeDo app was developed by Volunteering SA&NT on behalf of the State Government.

Background information

The State Government announced a volunteer recognition scheme in the lead-up to the 2014 State Election. The WeDo app was successfully piloted in 2015, and now becomes available to the wider community.

The State Government is committed to encouraging young South Australians to give volunteering a go. The WeDo app helps to make volunteering more accessible to young people.

Volunteering is a two-way exchange, benefitting both volunteer and   community.

More than 900,000 South Australians volunteer, contributing about 1.7 million volunteer hours each week. This volunteering effort is valued at almost $5 billion each year.

For more information about the WeDo app, visit   www.volunteeringsa.org.au/

Quotes attributable to Volunteers Minister Zoe  Bettison

Increasing young people’s involvement in volunteering, and providing pathways to employment, are priorities for the State  Government.

The Government is keen to support young people in their volunteering, and recognise their commitment to their  community.

I encourage all South Australians to download the app and connect with volunteer opportunities in their local community. Volunteering will make a positive difference to you and your community.

Visit the WeDo app stall in the Jubilee Pavilion during the Royal Adelaide Show to find out more about the app.

Quotes attributable to Emergency Services Minister Peter Malinauskas

As Minister for Emergency Services I regularly meet young CFS and SES volunteers who show an incredible commitment to protecting their communities.

Volunteering is an opportunity to contribute to the wellbeing of others, while also developing personal skills and relationships that can add value to many other areas of   life.

This is a great initiative to promote volunteering and I encourage young volunteers across all groups and organisations to get on  board.

Quotes attributable to CEO Volunteering SA&NT, Evelyn O’Loughlin

WeDo makes volunteering easy by allowing you to find a wide range of different roles. You can search hundreds of different roles in South Australia, with a large number of organisations, to find your ideal  fit.

Volunteering SA&NT is extremely proud of this new initiative. It will target young people - an often untapped demographic for volunteers – and hopefully change their perception of volunteering.

By volunteering your time and skills you can make a very real difference to the community.  You could also find a role that gives you that extra bit of experience to get you over the line for your dream job.

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