Each week thousands of Western Australians give their time to support sport and recreation activities in the community. Our industry wouldn't survive without them.
There are many different types of activities you could do as a sport and recreation volunteer.
Recruiting volunteers into your organisation is important for its sustainability.
A quick reference guide to managing your volunteers better.
Tips on effective ways to show you appreciate the work of your volunteers that will also contribute to a long term strategy for volunteer retention.
Considerations and approaches to recognising and rewarding volunteers in terms of equity.
The engagement of volunteers in sport and recreation is vital for the industry to thrive and deliver personal and social benefits. Sport and recreation organisations must devise responsive and accommodating approaches to recruit, support and retain the
vital volunteer base which facilitates the delivery of sport and recreation activities.
Nationally, community sport and recreation relies on 2.3 million
volunteers who contribute more than 180 million hours to running sport
and recreation. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, in WA during 2010 there were 235,000 sport and recreation volunteers. Volunteers that create and sustain these organisations make a vital contribution to the needs of the community.
Voluntary work is an enormous source of social capital and
contributes directly to the growth and development of social networks
and social cohesion within communities.
Volunteers also have a vital role to play in providing opportunities
for all Western Australians to have physically active lifestyles.
The department of Sport and Recreation greatly values the significant contribution volunteers make to the sport and recreation industry and to the wider Western Australian community.
Position on volunteers
The Department recognises the importance of supporting and recognising volunteers so they feel valued and are able to fulfill the position they have been given.
Education and training is
a vital component of a good volunteer management program. Volunteers
who are offered some form of training are more able to carry out their
duties more comfortably and confidently and, as a result, more
efficiently, which will in turn benefit their organisations.
The Department helps to provide education and training for volunteers in coaching, officiating, sports medicine and administrative and management programs.
Gemma BarrettProject OfficerTelephone 61 8 9492 9620Email Gemma Barrett
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