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National Volunteer Week

8 May 2017

This week we celebrate the tireless and dedicated commitment of our nation’s volunteers for their important contributions to the community.

From 8-14 May 2017, National Volunteer Week events will be held across the country to say thank you to the six million Australians who volunteer their time, knowledge and skills across a wide range of industries and community-based projects.

More than 100,000 volunteers deliver emergency management services throughout the State and are made up of volunteers from Country Fire Authority, Victoria State Emergency Service. Life Saving Victoria, St John’s Ambulance, Ambulance Victoria, Red Cross, Marine Search and Rescue providers, Victorian Council of Churches, the Salvation Army and many other community based and not for profit organisations.

Emergency management volunteers are fundamental to the Victoria’s ability to plan, prepare for, respond to and recover from a range of emergencies, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and contribute social, economic, environmental and cultural value to communities, business, government and agencies.

Emergency Management Commissioner, Craig Lapsley, said emergency management volunteers are critical to the effective, efficient and community centred emergency management across Victoria.

“I’d like to recognise and thank our volunteers for the significant contributions they make to their communities,’’ he said.

“The relationships volunteers have with communities is something very special and enables us to deliver services, programs and support to those communities in a way that meets communities needs, risks and strengths.

The SES will host Wear Orange Wednesday to recognise the work of its volunteers and encourages people to wear orange to say thank you to the 5200 VICSES volunteers in over 1,000 locations nationally for their service to their communities.

CFA will say “thank you” to its volunteers with an opportunity to see behind the scenes at the State Control Centre and ESTA, participate in the Parade of Honour on the MCG - AFL Country game, and through the CFA National Volunteer Week photo competition as well as a variety of district celebrations.

To provide ongoing support to our volunteers, the Valuing Volunteers Program was established to provide the opportunity for volunteers to identify ideas, initiatives and opportunities for innovation, that contribute to strengthening, encouraging and maintaining volunteerism in Victoria’s emergency management sector. The Multi-Agency Youth Network is an example of this and youth networks have now been established in almost every CFA district across the state.

Support is also provided to volunteers through funding from two significant grants programs –the Victorian Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP) and the Emergency Services Volunteer Sustainability Grants Program (ESVS).

Emergency Management Victoria as an organisation also has a proud history of volunteerism, and we spoke to some of our staff who volunteer their time to a variety of agencies.  View the full suite of EMV volunteer videos.

For more information on National Volunteer Week, visit the website