Over the last 18 years, Federal funding from the Department of Social Services (DSS) for the Limestone Coast Volunteer Service (LCVS) has assisted in the strengthening of the 15,000 volunteers across the Limestone Coast.
The Naracoorte-based LCVS hosted by the Naracoorte Lucindale Council, has supported individuals, volunteers, volunteer managers and volunteer involving organisations by offering a free volunteer referral, matching and information service.
Limestone Coast Volunteer Co-ordinator Caroline Menzel said the focus of the program has been to connect, spark and complement volunteer roles to a person's interests, lifestyle and availability.
"On average, the LCVS receives two hundred volunteer enquiries annually," she said.
As from 1 July 2021, new funding arrangements and a redesigned program will come into effect, with volunteering peak bodies administering the DSS allocated funding within their own State or Territory for five years.
Services previously undertaken by the LCVS will now be managed by South Australia's volunteering peak body, Volunteering SA&NT, commencing 1 July 2021.
Volunteering SA&NT A/CEO Tracey Fox said that these changes are Australia-wide with the Federal Government deeming that volunteering peak bodies were best placed to work closely with the volunteering sector within their own State or Territories, guided by a thorough understanding of local issues and needs.
"To ensure a more efficient and effective level of service in the ever-changing volunteering environment, we will develop and implement strategies that build the capacity of volunteer- involving organisations through the provision of online services.
"We will partner with local services and organisations where possible to ensure that current and emerging needs of local volunteering organisations and their volunteers can be met.
"And for the Limestone Coast, the free referral service matching volunteers with organisations will continue through phone interviews and/or online," said Ms Fox.
This new funding model, aligned to the Australian Constitution, will also focus on breaking down barriers to volunteering for three priority groups - people with disability, First Nation peoples and newly arrived migrants
Volunteers and organisations, along with anyone from the volunteering sector are invited to contact Volunteering SA&NT, from 1 July 2021, to discuss their requirements with the friendly team.
Information is also available at www.volunteeringsa-nt.org.au, on social media or via telephone 8221 7177.