Support, recognition for volunteers


VOLUNTEERING Victoria has given Mornington Peninsula Shire $23,000 to “strengthen volunteer connections on the peninsula”.

The shire says it will use the money to help community groups recruit more volunteers in a COVID-safe environment.

The mayor Cr Despi O’Connor said: “Volunteering allows people to connect with and make a difference in their communities.

“Dedicating your time as a volunteer not only helps the cause they choose to volunteer for, it is also a good opportunity to make new connections and friends.”

The shire says it can can help recruit and screen volunteers in a COVID-19 safe way. Resources include the free online portal on which community organisations advertise their volunteering opportunities.

Volunteering information hubs are at Mornington Community Information and Support Centre, 320 Main Street, Mornington, and Western Port Community Support, 185 High Street, Hastings. Anyone is welcome to drop in to learn more about volunteering and available positions

The shire’s community development officer can assist community organisations with recruitment, screening, appointing volunteers and offering information about resources under COVID-19 safe practices.

Email inquiries to

First published in the Southern Peninsula News – 2 February 2021


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