New strategy to help inspire next generation of volunteers
A Volunteer Strategy is being developed to help boost the number of volunteers across South Australia.
The announcement of the strategy coincides with a Youth Forum held in Adelaide today to mark International Volunteers Day.
Minister for Volunteers Tony Piccolo said the Strategy was being developed through a partnership involving Volunteering SA & NT, Business SA, the Local Government Association and the State Government.
"Volunteering is an incredibly important part of our community, and it's a big part of what makes South Australia such a fantastic place to live and work," Mr Piccolo said.
"Our volunteers give a tremendous amount of their time to help others across a range of areas – including making their community a better place to live, helping out at a local sporting club, or supporting vulnerable or disadvantaged people.
"In the leadup to this forum, young volunteers from around South Australia were asked to share their experiences, ideas and concerns about volunteering.
"This forum is a great opportunity to learn more about the results of that survey, and hear directly from young people about how they view volunteering, and how we can get more people involved."
Mr Piccolo said the survey results and recommendations from today's forum will be considered in the development of the Volunteering Strategy for South Australia.
"This strategy will be a blueprint for action between four sectors: volunteer involving organisations, business, local government and the State Government," he said.
"It's another example of the Government working with the non-government sector, local government and the private sector to deliver better outcomes for South Australians.
"We expect this strategy will work in conjunction with the National Volunteer Strategy to make real and lasting improvements to volunteering in South Australia."
Mr Piccolo said the strategy will be in place next year.