Building the volunteer base
Run annual community volunteering activities/ experiences – BioBlitz, school planting days, tree planting days, Noongar Womens Camp. Set up a volunteers list that is connected to Local Landcare groups, to access volunteers and offer volunteering activities.
• Overarching strategy in current three year plan is “…have 25% of the community actively improving the environmental of the Wheatbelt…”. Need to keep expanding the opportunities for the community to participate - beyond those managing farms
• We get calls from people wanting to know how they can volunteer and we know we can improve in this area
• Many Local Landcare groups could do with some young “arms and legs” to get things done
• Acknowledge X and Y gens are less likely to join governance structures of groups – but they will volunteer
WHY IT IS GREAT
One of the most important services that the Regional Group does for the community is Strategic planning, we always want input, but it is much harder to get if large sections of the community aren’t active in the work.
Volunteering creates social good as well – commit/act/belong. It is a good way to get youth involved, who don’t own land.