Volunteering Strategy for SA to create safe and positive experiences

FEEDBACK: Have your say to assist the state's new volunteering strategy. Photo: Shutterstock
FEEDBACK: Have your say to assist the state's new volunteering strategy. Photo: Shutterstock

Pleasingly, an estimated 70 per cent of South Australians freely donate their time and efforts to volunteer initiatives statewide which contributes about $5 billion to the economy each year.

In response, the state government is updating their Volunteering Strategy for SA 2014-2020 and calls on the public to help their endeavours.

The new blueprint, scheduled for release early this year, will involve a key focus on making sure that volunteering in the state is both positive and safe for everyone.

Furthermore, community input is expected to help inform what the sector needs to put in place to manage conflict.

However, time is ticking with public input needed this Friday, January 22.

The updated strategy work to:

  • Reflects your experiences and better supports your volunteering efforts;
  • Identifies and establishes the best ways to help prevent conflict;
  • Establishes ways to resolve issues simply and effectively, where conflict can't be avoided.

According to the state government, this will ensure that volunteers can get back to doing what they love most and that organisations can continue to enjoy the many benefits volunteers bring.

Furthermore, the want to learn about volunteering experiences, particularly:

  • What your volunteering experience has been like
  • What a positive and safe experience looks like when volunteering
  • The nature of any issues you may have encountered
  • Your ideas for how conflicts could be avoided or resolved into the future.

All survey participation and answers will remain anonymous and feedback will be reviewed by an independent researcher and the findings reflected in a report.

This report will be presented to the Volunteering Strategy for South Australia Working Group and will inform the best mechanisms to support safe and positive volunteering.

Have your say by 5pm, January 22 by:

For general enquiries, email ofv@sa.gov.au or call 1300 014 712 during business hours, 9am-5pm, weekdays.

This story State's volunteer blueprint seeks public input first appeared on The Murray Valley Standard.