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Expo to focus on volunteers

Wednesday, 17th July, 2013

Councillor Jim Richards and Local Youth Council chairwoman, Maddison Tozer are part of the volunteer working group looking to attract more volunteers in the community. Councillor Jim Richards and Local Youth Council chairwoman, Maddison Tozer are part of the volunteer working group looking to attract more volunteers in the community.

By Emily Roberts

A volunteer working group is hosting an expo next month to attract more volunteers in the community and to showcase local groups.

Chairwoman of the group, Councillor Marion Browne said the group was set up by Council a couple of months ago.

“It was designed to create more interest and ways of attracting more volunteers,” Clr Browne said.

The volunteer working group is made up of councillors, community members and staff from Council.

“It is a flexible group,” Clr Browne said.

She said the group has been working on two separate initiatives; one is a volunteer database and the other the volunteer Expo.

“We are getting a database on the number of volunteers in the city and the age range, I guess you could say it is a census,” Clr Browne said.

“A lot of volunteers tend to be older, but we want an accurate picture of all the volunteers.

“We want to know who they are and what they do.”

Clr Browne said the expo had a two-fold effect.

“It is being held at the Civic Centre on August 3 from 9am to midday,” she said.

“It is part of Local Government Week and there will also be the annual plant giveaway at the same time.

“We want people interested in volunteering to come forward and see the groups available and we want the groups to showcase what they do in the community.”

There was some interest in the expo, according to Clr Browne.

“We’ve had some groups interested and have talked to some others,” she said.

“There is only two weeks to go, so we would like to see as many groups as possible attend.”

Clr Browne said she would like to see younger people volunteering.

“There are a lot of older volunteers who should be on the receiving end but instead they are doing the work,” she said.

Local Youth Council chairwoman, Maddison Tozer, is in the volunteer working group and encouraged younger people to attend the Expo.

“I would love to see a lot of younger kids attend, they often complain about being bored. There would be nothing better than putting up your hand to help the community,” Ms Tozer said.

To attend or for more information contact City Council on 8080 3300.

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