Grant money for volunteer organisations in Pearce

Yanchep Surf Lifesaving Club will benefit from a Volunteers Grant designed to support and encourage volunteers. Picture: Anita McInnes

YANCHEP Surf Lifesaving Club and Lancelin Community Resource Centre are among the organisations to receive funding to support  volunteers as well as to encourage and increase participation in volunteering.

This year the process for applying for Volunteers Grants changed and in order to be able to apply an organisation had to first be nominated by their local member of Parliament.

Pearce MHR Christian Porter said the Morrison Government would provide a funding injection for 18 community groups and organisations in his electorate to support the work of volunteers.

Yanchep Surf Lifesaving Club and Alkimos Surf Life Saving Club will receive $5000 each.

Chittering Gingin St John Ambulance Subcentre will receive $1490, Moore Clothes $3000 and Quinns Baptist Community Care $4850.

Julie Polette from Moore Clothes in Gabbadah said the organisation would use its funding to buy a laptop and a printer.

Lancelin Community Resource Centre will receive $5000 as part of the grant funding.

Centre coordinator Sharon Boodle said the funds would benefit a group of volunteers who drive the elderly to appointments in Perth.

“We have a group of 12 volunteers who give up their time to provide this integral service to our community,” she said.

“They will be able to update their first aid certificates and be provided with fuel cards.

“The volunteers are essential to our community and do an amazing job.”

The funding injection for local volunteers coincides with National Volunteer Week being celebrated this week.

Mr Porter said the funding would go a long way to support organisations and their volunteers through what had been a difficult year.

“It has been a very tough year for many Australians, both in our community and across the country,” he said.

“Volunteers freely give their time and skills to support others and will play a key role in our health and economic response to the coronavirus pandemic.

“This funding recognises the sacrifices they make to help deliver vital services to those who need it most.”

National Volunteer Week finishes on May 24.