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New program encourages students to volunteer

Young people are being encouraged and supported to become active volunteers in our region, following last week’s National Student Volunteer Week.
Cameron Wesche from Gin Gin State High School, Karen McCord from Bundaberg State High School and Bundaberg Region Mayor Jack Dempsey are working together to create a community resilience program which encourages student volunteers.

Council is supporting and encouraging young people to become active volunteers in our region through a new community resilience program.

“We know that volunteering helps in developing strong relationships and connections to the community, but also provides a range of both social and economic benefits to a community,” Mayor Jack Dempsey said.

“The community resilience program is one of Council’s 2020 advocacy priorities in building human capital and we believe it will help form our future leaders.

“Council will be partnering with local high schools across the region, Gin Gin State High School and Bundaberg State High School, Volunteering Queensland – Students As Active Volunteers Initiative, community organisations and Rotary International to support, assist and encourage more young people to actively volunteer across the region.

A community resilience coordinator support teachers, students and community organisations to connect and promote volunteering.

“We see it as not only a feel-good thing to do, but also a great way to build resilience and life skills for future community participation, employment and life after school,” Mayor Dempsey said.

The program offers the opportunity for students to:

  • Undertake accredited training in  CHC24015 Certificate II in Active Volunteering;
  • Develop leadership skills;
  • Connect and volunteer with a range of community organisations including emergency services;
  • Assist in promoting the personal and professional benefits of volunteering to other young people and the wider community.

The Community Resilience program has been fully funded by the National Bushfire Recovery Agency under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.

More details will be provided in coming weeks.