This National Safe Work Month we’ve been highlighting how volunteers are a large and vital part of the nation’s workforce. Volunteers play essential roles and enhance the care in disability, health, welfare, and aged care services. The sustainability of sports and the arts, environmental protection, and emergency management are all reliant on volunteer workforces. We can’t afford to take volunteers for granted and must ensure volunteers health and safety.
We were proud to partner with Mental Health Australia for World Mental Health Day and share the integral role volunteering plays across the mental health landscape, in prevention, intervention, recovery, and resilience.
We were also pleased to support last week’s Anti-Poverty Week with its focus on raising income support above the poverty line and government investment in social housing.
Volunteers are at the forefront of advocating for action on climate change and supporting communities affected by catastrophic climate events. By signing the Community Sector Climate Change Declaration, Volunteering Australia stands alongside these volunteers and supports urgent collective action to address climate change.
Next Friday marks International Volunteer Managers Day, celebrating the crucial role of Volunteer Managers in enabling safe and effective volunteering. As an official #IVMDay21 supporter, we encourage you to join us in acknowledging Volunteer Managers around Australia.
Chief Executive Officer