Peel Volunteer Centre members concerned about possible funding cuts


Vicki Pollard of the Peel Volunteer Resource Centre. Picture: Matt Jelonek        d453794
Vicki Pollard of the Peel Volunteer Resource Centre. Picture: Matt Jelonek        d453794

PEEL Volunteer Centre members are concerned about possible funding cuts to their services.

Centre manager Vicki Pollard said it was news, in the lead up to National Volunteer Week, that the Federal Government announced $12.1 million of funding cuts.

She said the cuts had the potential to significantly compromise the volunteering sector in Australia.

The Budget flagged funding for the Department of Social Services Strengthening Communities program being slashed from $40.5 million to $28.4 million over the next four years.

“This cut puts at risk a range of programs including the Volunteer Management grants program under which Peel Volunteer Resource Centre is partly funded,” Ms Pollard said.

“It may also affect the Volunteer Innovation and Collaboration grants, which ultimately affects the livelihood of volunteer involving organisations locally and nationally.

“As the local centre for volunteering in the Peel region, Peel Volunteer Resource Centre makes every effort to develop volunteering by providing an extensive range of services, support and resources for around 1500 volunteers and more than 160 organisations each and every year.

“We have already been compromised by recent Federal Government Volunteer Management grants program funding cuts and also the DSS Volunteer Grants program being slashed from $20 million to $10 million next financial year, so this is just another blow to the sector.”