Grant recognises volunteers' work

Keith Ellwood
Keith Ellwood
Helping volunteers to help others is the aim of a $45,000 donation from the Otago Community Trust.

The donation was part of $352,900 the Otago Community Trust granted to 31 organisations across Otago in October.

It will help the Otago Chamber of Commerce provide low-cost workshops and short courses for volunteers, covering topics such as social media, strategic planning, the role of treasurers and how to understand financial statements.

The workshops are run by professional facilitators and specifically targeted at volunteers and staff from the non-profit and charitable sector.

Otago Community Trust chief executive Keith Ellwood said volunteers were an "unsung powerhouse of activity" in Otago.

"This is a small way we can support the work they do by ensuring the cost of vital courses is not out of their reach."

Anglican Family Care director and Otago Community Trust trustee Nicola Taylor has attended some of the workshops.

"The workshops were invaluable when I first started in this position. They were of real benefit to grasp core concepts; it is very practical, applied learning in a group of colleagues,"she said.

Volunteering Otago manager Ana Clere said the courses were often the only locally available low-cost option for volunteers and staff from charitable organisations.

The calendar for next year includes about 19 courses across locations in Otago.

Other donations were. -

Alexandra: Dunstan High School $3000, Central Otago Regional Choir $5000.
Balclutha: Royal New Zealand Plunket Society South Otago branch $750, Clutha Youth Band and Fireworks Night $750, Waiwera Wee Ones $1500.
Cromwell: Cromwell College $10,000, Molyneux Educare Inc $50,000.
Dunedin: Parents Inc Attitude Division $1000, Port Chalmers Golf Club $1000, Squash Otago $1000, Richard Hudson Kindergarten $1400, Dunedin Astronomical Society $1500, Talking House $1500, Mayors Taskforce for Jobs/Otago Careers Festival $2000, Otago Diabetes Research Trust $3000, West Dunedin Youth and Community Trust $5000, Saddle Hill Foundation Trust $5000, Otago Multiple Sclerosis Society $10,000, id Dunedin Fashion Society $10,000, Dunedin Fringe Arts Trust $35,000, Mayors Taskforce for Jobs/Otago Careers Festival $35,000.
Milton: Waihola Bowling Club $1500.
Mosgiel: Taieri College $15,000.
Oamaru: North Otago Agricultural Pastoral Association $25,000.
Otago: Skeggs Foundation $25,000, Surf Life Saving New Zealand $28,000.
Wanaka: Queenstown Lakes District Council Summerdaze festival $5000, Te Kakano Aotearoa Trust $7500, Challenge Wanaka Sports Trust $10,000.
Other: Otematata Residents' Association $7500.


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