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Draft Volunteerism Strategy endorsed by Board
The CFA draft Volunteerism Strategy, developed in collaboration with VFBV, has been endorsed by the Board.
We now warmly invite members to get involved in the consultation phase with the strategy now available to view on Brigades Online here. A copy of the strategy and a set of questions to prompt discussion will also be sent in coming weeks to every brigade and group in Victoria. Group, brigade or individual submissions are welcome up until the end of November.
This strategy was developed in response to the Victorian Auditor-General’s Office report Managing Emergency Services Volunteers which identified strengths and weaknesses in the way we support our volunteers.
Thriving volunteerism is about both ensuring the future capability of community-based volunteer emergency services and recognising the value our volunteers bring to their communities. All this must work against a shifting background: 100 new suburbs and one million new people in outer metropolitan Melbourne over the next 30 years; an increasing population in regional towns hand in hand with a declining population in rural areas; increasing cultural and ethnic diversity; and a growing interest in casual volunteering rather than long-term commitments.
Five principles guide the strategy:
1. We are committed to community-based, sustainable volunteerism.
2. We recognise, value and respect all members equally.
3. We will actively engage volunteers in decision making.
4. All CFA members have a responsibility to encourage, maintain and strengthen volunteers to deliver our services.
5. Volunteers should be enabled with appropriate tools and resources to carry out their roles effectively.
In order to respond to future challenges and opportunities, the Volunteerism Strategy identifies three key objectives, and here are those three fundamental words again. We will encourage and value the contribution of volunteers; maintain and enhance the role of the volunteers in service delivery; and strengthen connections between volunteers and communities.
Do these objectives resonate for you and your brigade?
The strategy also lays out what we believe success will look like under each of these three objectives.
CFA aims to increase in the percentage of members who feel valued as a CFA volunteer. We are working towards having more volunteers feel that CFA provides training opportunities at a time and place and in a format that makes it easy to participate. We are laying out the groundwork to increase the proportion of volunteers in all age groups; who are female; and who are from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
Let us know what success would look like at your brigade level, so together we can build a strong and healthy volunteering model which is adaptive, sustainable and effective.
This consultation process will end with the preparation of a final Volunteerism Strategy to be presented to the Board by the end of 2014.