As part of National Volunteer Week 2022 and its theme of #BetterTogether, Volunteering Minister Stephen Dawson is calling on the next generation of volunteers to step forward to play a vital role in their communities.
Western Australians’ willingness to volunteer needs to continue and be built upon, for present and future generations. While volunteering remains very popular among older people, it is vital that younger generations get involved to ensure volunteering remains strong.
Around four out of five Western Australians, 15 years and over, volunteer each year. Volunteering often builds communication, interpersonal and problem-solving skills that cannot be gained in any other setting.
Volunteering is often a key component as a pathway to employment, with volunteers building valuable work skills, and developing personally and professionally from their involvement in community organisations and a variety of activities.
Volunteering WA earlier this year launched its ‘YVolunteer’ program to help young people take part in volunteering opportunities with community and not-for-profit organisations that better suit the needs and aspirations of today’s young people.
Access the program now at www.yvolunteer.org.au.
As stated by Volunteering Minister Stephen Dawson:
“Recent data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics reported that 30 per cent of Western Australians over the age of 15 years spontaneously volunteered in the midst of COVID-19.
“That is an encouraging statistic and one that shows the strength of our communities and the desire to provide help when and where it is needed most.
“There are a great many older Western Australians doing amazing work in our communities, but we also need to plan for the next generation.
“Volunteering can and should be something for all ages to be involved in.
“We are continually striving to build greater awareness of the breadth of volunteering opportunities available in our State, and the great outcomes that can be achieved by taking on volunteer opportunities.
“Volunteering doesn’t just benefit communities. Research shows that volunteering also has a positive impact for those who choose to volunteer.
“Young volunteers also build new skills, confidence and knowledge, and in doing so improve their employability in an increasingly competitive job market.”