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New Ideas For Volunteering in 2012

After identifying volunteering as a hot topic in 2011, Hunter Region non-profit organisations have conceived a plan addressing matters raised at a forum hosted by Newcastle Interagency. Strategies will start to be implemented next year.

The community plan matches identified issues to seven key themes that are: providing support and information for greater participation; supporting volunteer recruitment and retention; supporting the diversification of the volunteer base; recognising the value of volunteering as a potential pathway to employment, including for disadvantaged groups; encouraging new forms of volunteering; leveraging business and corporate sector in volunteering and appropriately valuing and celebrating volunteering.

Current practice and possible strategies were listed against each one of the key themes, indicating organisations are keen on participating in more volunteer forums, forming partnerships with 'for profits', linking with other volunteer organisations for group venture, promoting volunteering in region as part of a recruitment drive, incentivising schools who have volunteering programs to mentor other schools and having managers of volunteers meeting together to resource manuals, training as well as sharing ideas.

The document also includes new plans concerning programs and activites, service integration, resource sharing, recruitment, retention and motivation of volunteers, strategies between volunteers and paid staff, volunteer employment and skills pathways, partnerships and funding.

Hunter Volunteer Centre will publish the community plan on the website once its final version is available.