Strengthening Volunteering in the West

Volunteer West organised an event to celebrate the 34 organisations which successfully completed our Volunteer Management –Training & Mentoring Programme 2019. It was an exceptional opportunity for those organisations to network with each other and to meet and build relationships with Volunteer West, the state government, local councils and supporting organisations.

It was an honour for us to have Lizzie Blandthorn MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Carers and Volunteers, to be our special guest to deliver a speech and to hand out certificates to the participants.

Our event received such a huge support, with many special guests attending including Members of Parliament Steve McGhie, Bernie Finn and Katie Hall. We also had representatives from local councils especially Cr Lucinda Congreve, the Mayor of Brimbank Council, and we had Josephine Beer and Jennifer Pascoe, from the Volunteer team of the Department of Health and Human Services – who provided us with funding for the programme.

The event was a great demonstration of what community and cooperation is about. Everyone gathered and worked for the greater community. Volunteer West received so much support from local organisations and businesses. In particular we would like to thank the Hobsons Bay Mens’ Shed for their generous support to transport and set up equipment and plants. We were also very lucky to have three community groups from the West provide us with enjoyable culturallydiverse entertainment on the day.

Despite such a cold and rainy day, everyone had a great time talking and sharing their inspiring stories of how volunteers have supported and shaped their lives and communities and have brought all cultures closer to each other.

More photos from the event can be found on our Facebook page here:

List of the organisations that attended the programme:

Council area


Hobsons Bay Shoestring Gardening
  Phoenix Migrant Resource Centre
  ED Connect
  Country Women’s Association of Victoria
Maribyrnong Wintringham Aged care
  Sharing Shed Melbourne
  Fillipino Community Council of Victoria
  Melbourne Repair Cafe (Inner West)
  Quang Minh Temple
Moonee Valley Flemington & Kensington RSL
  Lort Smith
  Aberfeldie Jets Basketball Club
  The Community Grocer
Brimbank 1st Sunshine Scout Group
  St Albans Primary School
  Victoria University – Inner West Group
  Friends of the Maribyrnong Valley
  Duke Street Community House
Melton Djerriwarrh Health Services
  Dingo Discovery Sanctuary and Research Centre
  3 RIM – 979FM
Wyndham Storytelling Foundation
  The Bridge (Basecamp3030)
  TRY Australia
  Friends of Werribee Park
  Rotary Hoppers Crossing
  Australian Malay Foundation
  Wyndham Active Young 65
  Wyndham Geek
  Multiculture Senior Citizen Group
  SEWA International – Australia
  Migrante Australia
  Seni Warisan Melayu
  Samarpan Theatrical Arts


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