Free workshop to kick-start Volunteer Week

The Burdekin’s sport and recreation volunteers are invited to a free skills-development workshop to kick off National Volunteer Week this 21-27 May.

Burdekin Shire Council is teaming up with the Queensland Government to deliver a Building Active Communities workshop, which will be held at the Burdekin Shire Council Chambers in Ayr from 5.30pm-8.30pm on Monday 21 May.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the theme of National Volunteer Week was Give a little. Change a lot which represented the millions of volunteers who made a profound impact on their communities, through giving a little time.

“This free workshop is aimed at sport and recreation volunteers and volunteer managers and is all about supporting them in the work they do by equipping them with new skills and knowledge,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“I encourage all of our local sport and recreation volunteers and volunteer coordinators to make the most of this great opportunity.”

Cr McLaughlin said organisations could improve participation through a committed and dedicated team of very important people – volunteers.

“Volunteers are one of the most vital assets of any club or organisation and looking after them is a priority,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“This workshop covers best practice in developing, promoting and embracing excellence in volunteer management.

“Topics include recruitment and retention, achieving results with limited volunteer numbers, strategies to increase volunteer numbers, training, recognition and reward, and tools to support your club’s volunteer management program.”

Register at or by visiting the Burdekin Shire Council website

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