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COUNCIL DEVELOPS A FUTURE SAFEGUARDING VOLUNTEERS PLAN

CLARENCE City Council has partnered with Volunteering Tasmania and community members in Clarence to build a robust volunteering strategy to guide the city’s future.

The Tasmanian Government-funded program will allow Volunteering Tasmania to work with local government to strengthen and support community development and volunteering state-wide.

In March 2020, following an expression of interest process, Volunteering Tasmania selected three councils – Clarence City Council, Devonport City Council and Huon Valley Council – to join with them for the Safeguarding Volunteering project.

Each council has been working with Volunteering Tasmania to establish Local Volunteer Network Groups in each region.

They will help develop a community-based volunteering strategy that is area specific and will deliver valuable outcomes to their communities.

Community members in Clarence have been meeting for the past two months to assist in creating a local strategy that future proofs volunteering in Clarence.

In addition to the Safeguarding Volunteering Project, Volunteering Tasmania received additional resources as part of the State Governments COVID-19 response.

Volunteering Tasmania chief executive officer Lisa Schimanski said these resources would assist local councils to develop community-based projects that supported volunteering beyond COVID-19.

“The purpose of this project is to encourage people to begin or continue volunteering,” she said.

“A series of short films have been developed with local volunteers that celebrate and promote the valuable contribution volunteers make in Clarence and encourage people to volunteer in the community to support recovery efforts.”

Clarence City Council Mayor Alderman Doug Chipman said he welcomed this partnership as council had seen many changes to volunteer services across the city during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“COVID-19 saw the importance of volunteering brought to the forefront, as many older volunteers across the community were unable to continue their support services,” he said.

“It has been wonderful to see people from volunteer organisations across Clarence share their stories as part of these short films.

“We hope this project will encourage people to continue to participate, explore and connect with volunteering.”

Volunteering Tasmania will actively engage with the community throughout the project over the next nine months.

The series of short films are available to view at www.volunteeringtas.org.au/covid-19_forcouncils.

For more information or to get involved in the local volunteering network group, phone the council’s community development team on 6217 9500 or email jandersson@ccc.tas.gov.au.