Sam Bucknell asked the Inverell Shire Council’s Civil and Environmental Services Committee to consider a significant addition to the council’s website on Wednesday morning, October 10.
“This is a really, really simple idea. All I’m trying to do is link local groups and organisations with local people who would like to volunteer,” she explained.
“I know we have lots of people in Inverell who volunteer and that’s terrific, but I’m sure there’s a lot more out there who would like to do more, but they don’t know where to start, they’re a bit nervous (or) they don’t want to be committed to an organisation where they have to go to meetings etc.”
Ms Bucknell hopes to build a website allowing potential volunteers to browse profiles of the town’s organisations and their requests for assistance. She said hard copies may also be necessary for community noticeboards.
“I would like that website to go via the council for a few reasons. I think the council’s the most natural place for people to look. I think it also gives a sense of gravity and endorsement and support by council,” she said.
Although the concept is in its early drafts, Ms Bucknell expected the website to include blurbs about each organisation, which criteria volunteers would need to meet to work with particular groups and information on how to achieve those objectives (such as instructions on applying for a working with children check). It might also include specific requests for a number of volunteers for certain events.