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As many of you are probably aware, this year has seen big changes in our funding structure.

We have been successful in obtaining funding from the State, through the Department of Communities. This funding contracts us to provide a service of at least 12 hours per week to:
- support volunteers into volunteering opportunities;
- support volunteer-involving-organisations towards having effective volunteer programs; and
- promote volunteering in our local community.   

The Shire of Esperance is adding additional funds to enable our service to retain its key staff and extend our availability beyond the 12 hours.

With the changes in the Federal funding we are no longer contracted to provide the additional training through external sources that we used to.  For this we will be seeking further external project-based funds and partnership opportunities.

With the Federal funds going to Volunteering WA, they are offering more training opportunities online - some are free others attract a fee. 
We will share these as we are aware of them.

These changes allow us to explore the opportunities to offer projects within our area which are not tied to the usual funding sources – if you have something in mind, please discuss with Erica anything which can encourage local volunteering and community participation.

Community Connections Morning Tea

We have a morning tea happening on Tuesday September 6 as part of our Community Connections program. This free event is a great opportunity for anyone that is new-to-town, newly retired, or newly-looking to fill up some free time in their schedule to find out what activities and opportunities exist around Esperance.

Our Community Connections Coordinator has a wealth of knowledge about local groups and events, and can find opportunities to suit any interests!

This event will take place at the Esperance Public Library.
Please RSVP for catering purposes.

Online Training Opportunity!
Designing Volunteer Roles and Position Descriptions

Defining and managing the work of volunteers is fundamental to good practice in volunteer involvement and a core part of Standard 4 of the National Standards for Volunteer Involving Organisations (VIOs).

Written position descriptions allow managers and volunteers to document the nature of the agreed work. This session will look at what a position description is, the importance of having one, and designing roles that add value to your VIO.

Date: Tuesday September 6
Time: 10am - 11am
Location: This session will be held online and a link will be sent out to you before the workshop commences.

Click here to register for this course, and here to see what other training and events VWA have coming up! 

Volunteer Vacancies!

You can find all of our current volunteer vacancies at GoVolunteer - if your organisation is in need of volunteers and you can't see the role listed, please get in touch! We can only advertise what you tell us about!

Featured Vacancy: Digital Mentor

Click here to find out more. 

Connecting Up: A Not-For-Profit Assisting Other Not-For-Profits Through Technology

Connecting Up are a premiere supplier of donated and discounted technology products and services to the not-for-profit sector. 

Connecting Up’s and TechSoup New Zealand’s services are available in Australia, New Zealand and throughout the South Pacific. Their work has a huge impact - increasing the effectiveness and capabilities of organisations in almost every area that they operate.

Through the provision of technology, training and other capability-building services, they are a major contributor to the improvement of the lives of vulnerable people, driving social inclusion and creating stronger communities.

Their work is driven by the belief that no-one should be left behind in today’s digital world.

To see if you are eligible for Connecting Up's low-cost computer hardware or software, or to look into a membership for your non-profit and the benefits that come with that, click here.

Volunteering Resource Hub

As part of the changes to the Volunteer Management Activity funding, Volunteering Australia have developed a website dedicated to Volunteer Management Resources to enable all to find them in one easy-access digital space.

The Volunteering Resource Hub acts as a central place to find  useful, evidence-based and current best-practice tools, research and information to support effective volunteer management.

Visit the hub here.

If you can't find information on what you're looking for please let us know! The site is still fairly new and we're looking to identify any gaps.
Find us at:
The Esperance Public Library
77 WIndich Street, Esperance WA 6450
(08) 9083 1540
Our mailing address is:
PO Box 507 
ESPERANCE WA 6450
0412 445 615.
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