VALUE OF CLUTHA COUNTRY VOLUNTEERS RECOGNISED
Clutha District Council Media Release
Monday 21 May 2012
Value of Clutha Country volunteers recognised
The skilled and valuable contributions that volunteers make to the economic and community wellbeing of Clutha Country will be recognised and celebrated during a week of activities planned for next month.
Community Coordinator Jean Proctor said that Clutha Country Volunteer Value Week – ‘Raising People not Money’ would be held alongside National Volunteer Awareness Week from Sunday 17 to Saturday 23 June 2012.
Locally, a number of activities are planned to acknowledge volunteers, as well to give opportunity to volunteers groups, services, and individuals.
This includes a series of workshops and presentations on Thursday 21 June facilitated by renowned community development expert Kerri Tilby-Price, covering topics such as:
• Recruiting and retaining volunteers.
• Increasing skill and confidence in community volunteers and community groups.
• Sharing of support resources for volunteers.
• How to increase community volunteer numbers.
• Foster event partnering between groups, organisations and resources.
• The outcome and the side of community volunteering you don’t see every day.
Mrs Proctor said more information about the workshops and presentations are available online at www.cluthacountry.co.nz, or by contacting her at Development House in Balclutha, calling 03 418 4048, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition, a series of not-for-profit workshops run by the Otago Chamber of Commerce, as well as several Clutha District Youth Council initiatives are also planned. More details will be released closer to the time.
“The Volunteer Value initiatives are supported by the District Development Board as recognising the considerable contribution of volunteers to the district’s development in keeping with the principles of sustainable community development. From this perspective the initiatives aim to raise the profile of volunteering and to encourage increased participation including by the district’s youth,” Mrs Proctor said.
“Clutha Country volunteers create positive change daily for the benefit of our community in a variety of roles,” Mrs Proctor said. “Support and acknowledgement of these volunteers is vital to build and maintain a functional community that in turn provides desirable outcomes and improved lifestyles.”
For further information/comment, please contact:
Phone: 03 418 4048