New volunteering program to support THE vulnerable during COVID-19

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Organisations in Boorowa and across the Goulburn electorate who are in need of the support and help volunteers provide are being encouraged to register with a new online volunteering platform.

The new online volunteering program is designed to support vulnerable people across the Goulburn electorate during COVID-19. Residents in Boorowa and across the Goulburn electorate who are interested in volunteering their time are also being encouraged to register.

Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman said volunteers are being empowered to provide welfare checks, deliver supplies and offer essential transport to vulnerable people through a new online platform linking community members with charities, NGOs and councils. “The pandemic is placing a significant strain on volunteer-driven organisations who support vulnerable members in the Goulburn electorate, and many require more people to help meet demand,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

“This platform allows you to register your details online and an organisation in your local area will get in touch and offer volunteering opportunities when they arise.”

The NSW Government has partnered with the Centre for Volunteering to develop the platform which is also operating in Victoria and Western Australia.

Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services Gareth Ward said the platform promotes informal voluntary opportunities that prioritise safety and wellbeing of participants during COVID-19. “Volunteers are the backbone of our communities and in times of need it is inherent for Australians to rally around each other and do whatever is needed to support those struggling,” Mr Ward said.

“I encourage any organisation in need of assistance, and any person willing to give up their time to help someone else, to register online today.”

For more information and to register, visit https://emergency.volunteer.org.au/

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