In early 2020, the Huon Valley Council partnered with Volunteering Tasmania, Clarence City Council and Devonport Council on a state project, ‘Safeguarding Volunteering in Tasmania’.
The aim of the project is to provide a comprehensive understanding of volunteering in Tasmania so that local councils and their communities can implement strategies to build their volunteer capacity. As part of the project, Volunteering Tasmania and Council will co-design a Volunteering Strategy as identified in Council’s Annual Plan 2015–2025 which will promote and support volunteering opportunities and community participation in the Huon Valley.
Council is committed to delivering a strategy with involvement from all community members and businesses that has community ownership and achievable actions which will increase volunteer participation in the Huon Valley.
Council and Volunteering Tasmania have established a focus group of community members that have identified some of the issues facing volunteers and community groups. This project will take several months to complete and will involve the community in the steps along the way.
We would like to hear from all members of the community about their volunteering experiences: why they volunteer, and if they don’t volunteer, what are the reasons.