Nick Smith - Nelson MP, Minister National Government

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Nelson group to benefit from funding for a skilled intern

11/12/2015

MP for Nelson, Dr Nick Smith has congratulated Volunteer Nelson on being one of ten groups nationally who will receive the services of a skilled professional free of charge for up to a year.

“This a great opportunity for a community group to hire a professional to help them with projects they may not usually have the capability or resources to do on their own,” says Dr Smith.
“Intern Sally Wood will also get a valuable experience working with Volunteer Nelson where she will be able to see the good they do and the positive change they make in the Nelson community.”
Sally is the Director of Youth and Community Works and will build Volunteer Nelson's capacity to further develop youth volunteering in the Nelson/Tasman region. Many are finding their volunteers are ageing and that it is increasingly difficult to recruit new volunteers. In the last 12 months one third of volunteers registering with Volunteer Nelson were under the age of 24. Another 12.5% were between the ages of 24-29. 
Sally will review current research and best practice in youth volunteering, consult with young people and other stakeholders to find out what is needed to ensure maximum uptake of youth volunteering. This will then be included in the development of a Youth Volunteering Strategy to maximise volunteering opportunities for young people. The internships, together worth more than $230,000, will be funded from the Community Internship Programme nationally.
“The Nelson community is so strong because of a strong network of volunteers that serve hundreds of organisations. This government support for Volunteer Nelson next year will help support this volunteering effort into the future.”  
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MP for Nelson, Dr Nick Smith has congratulated Volunteer Nelson on being one of ten groups nationally who will receive the services of a skilled professional free of charge for up to a year.

“This a great opportunity for a community group to hire a professional to help them with projects they may not usually have the capability or resources to do on their own,” says Dr Smith.

“Intern Sally Wood will also get a valuable experience working with Volunteer Nelson where she will be able to see the good they do and the positive change they make in the Nelson community.”

Sally is the Director of Youth and Community Works and will build Volunteer Nelson's capacity to further develop youth volunteering in the Nelson/Tasman region. Many are finding their volunteers are ageing and that it is increasingly difficult to recruit new volunteers. In the last 12 months one third of volunteers registering with Volunteer Nelson were under the age of 24. Another 12.5% were between the ages of 24-29. 

Sally will review current research and best practice in youth volunteering, consult with young people and other stakeholders to find out what is needed to ensure maximum uptake of youth volunteering. This will then be included in the development of a Youth Volunteering Strategy to maximise volunteering opportunities for young people. The internships, together worth more than $230,000, will be funded from the Community Internship Programme nationally.

“The Nelson community is so strong because of a strong network of volunteers that serve hundreds of organisations. This government support for Volunteer Nelson next year will help support this volunteering effort into the future.”  

 

 

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