State Budget 2018
The Victorian State Budget 2018 included an investment of $500,000 over two years to support enhanced capacity and capability development in the volunteering sector through leadership training and application of technology. These activities will implement a number of key initiatives outlined in the Strategic Priorities of the Ministerial Council for Volunteers.
We would like to congratulate the successful applicants who will receive the first $350,000 in funding for eight projects to enhance the capacity of Victoria’s volunteering community.
Four projects are set to receive one-off project funding through the Volunteering Digital Literacy and Technology Readiness program:
- Barwon Health, with Bendigo Health and Western Health, deliver a strategy to enhance digital volunteering and digital on-boarding processes across Victorian health services;
- Be Collective, with Bendigo Volunteer Resource Centre and Volunteering Geelong, support up to 600 small and medium-sized community organisations to attract, manage and retain volunteers online;
- Toy Libraries Australia support an additional 15 toy libraries across Victoria to migrate their operations to a cloud-based Toy Library Management platform; and
- The Centre for Continuing Education, with North East Tracks Local Learning and Employment Network, deliver a series of workshops to support organisations with better identification and use of technology.
Through the Training and Mentoring Program for Managers of Volunteers 2018-19 funding round, a further three projects will provide professional development opportunities for managers of Victorian volunteers:
- Volunteer West, will deliver a series of workshops and mentoring activities for people from small community organisations and from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, across western Melbourne.
- Eastern Volunteers, will connect up to 160 volunteer managers across 11 local government areas to a range of training and mentoring activities for beginner to experienced volunteer managers.
- Albury Wodonga Volunteer Resource Bureau, with three other trusted organisations, will provide online learning and tools through the Way2Go training program across rural and regional Victoria.
In addition to these important projects, La Trobe University and the Leaders of Health Volunteer Engagement network will develop a capability framework for leaders of volunteers in health and aged care services.