Posted on 18. Aug, 2010 in Clayton Update

Volunteer community organisations in the City of Greater Dandenong have received a $24,000 boost from the Brumby Labor Government.

At the Springvale Learning and Activities Centre today, Minister for Community Development Lily D’Ambrosio said the Volunteer Small Grant would provide a new training program for interested groups.

“Strong families need strong communities, and by investing in volunteering the Brumby Labor Government is supporting the growing community in Dandenong,” Ms D’Ambrosio said.

“By providing volunteer organisation programs to improve their structure and governance, we are ensuring they continue their good work for years to come.

“Building on the successful Community Strengthening and Participation project – to which the Brumby Labor Government contributed $175,000 – local residents can now hone their skills and understanding of good governance practices for volunteer community organisations.

“Through the new Volunteer Capacity Building project, 25 volunteers will undertake eight practical training sessions on areas such as running an annual general meeting, succession planning, organisational constitutions and the board as an employer and volunteer manager.”

Member for Clayton Hong Lim said the project was a partnership between the Brumby Labor Government, City of Greater Dandenong, Springvale Learning and Activities Centre, Keysborough Learning Centre, Springvale Neighbourhood House and the Dandenong Community Advice Bureau.

“Volunteers work hard to make their communities better for everyone, and often many of the services and activities we take for granted would not be possible without their efforts,” Mr Lim said.

“The training will be provided by the Australian Institute of Community Practice and Governance (AICPG), which is the training arm of the social enterprise, Our Community Pty Ltd.

“When people volunteer their communities are stronger and more inclusive, which is why our Government is funding volunteer organisations in Greater Dandenong.

“The training package was devised in consultation with volunteers running local community organisations and will provide the support they identified as most important to help them keep providing services the local community needs.”

Ms D’Ambrosio said the Victorian Government had committed more than $9.3 million over four years to support volunteering through the Victorian Volunteer Strategy launched last year.

“I encourage people and organisations interested in volunteering to visit the Victorian Government volunteering portal at to find a range of information and resources to get them started.”

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