Call for local volunteers to apply for conference scholarship

Volunteers: Berowra MP Julian Leeser visiting Sackville North RFS, the type of group that would be eligible for the scholarship.
Volunteers: Berowra MP Julian Leeser visiting Sackville North RFS, the type of group that would be eligible for the scholarship.

Local volunteers are being urged to apply for a scholarship to attend a national conference.

Berowra MP Julian Leeser said the scholarships would support volunteer coordinators and community leaders in Berowra to cover the cost of attending this year’s National Volunteering Conference.

Volunteers from around the Wisemans Ferry, Maroota, South Maroota and Cattai areas were being urged to apply, he said.

“The scholarships recognise the vital role volunteers play in our communities by funding conference registration, accommodation and travel costs for managers and leaders of volunteers in rural, regional or disadvantaged communities,” Mr Leeser said in a statement.

“Volunteers are at the heart of our community – from fighting fires, to raising money for local sport and caring for our most vulnerable. 

“I strongly encourage the leaders, managers and coordinators of volunteer and community organisations to apply for the scholarships so they take an active part in shaping volunteering into the future.”

The conference funding is part of the Australian Government’s $63 million support for volunteering to 2020-21, and Volunteering Australia will assess applications on merit.

For information on the National Volunteering Conference 2018 (20-22 June) and to apply for the scholarships go to: http://nvc2018.com.au/

Applications close March 15.