Photo caption: Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton recently visited the Broken Hill Sea Scouts. He is pictured with leader-in-charge Allan Pearce (Dingo), Lilly Pearce, Molly Molloy, Matt Molloy and leader Kellie Molloy (Rashka).
Broken Hill Sea Scouts will be able to upskill its volunteers thanks to a $5,000 grant provided under the latest round of the Federal Government’s Volunteer Grants program.
Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton recently visited the Broken Hill Sea Scouts to find out how this funding will benefit the local scout group.
“The Broken Hill Sea Scouts have a long and proud history, providing young people in Broken Hill with skills for life,” Mr Coulton said.
“Volunteers are the backbone of Scouts – the organisation would not be able to run without committed leaders and helpers who dedicate their time to guiding and mentoring young people.
“This funding will enable the Broken Hill Sea Scouts to recruit, train and upskill leaders and volunteers.”
Broken Hill Sea Scouts leader-in-charge Allan Pearce said the grant will be used to purchase a laptop and an internet device for the hall, as well as covering the costs for leaders to participate in training and development.
“Some people don’t have internet at home and need to complete their Working with Children Checks – having a laptop and internet will enable our volunteers to do it at the hall,” Mr Pearce said.
“We will also put some money towards getting our leaders more advanced in their training. If we have to go away for training, the cost is at our expense, so this funding will help ease that burden.
“This grant will basically help upskill our people, providing the training and the devices to do this.”
The 2021 Volunteer Grants provide organisations with grants of $1,000 to $5,000 to help purchase equipment, training and background screening checks for their volunteers.
Volunteers are integral to many Australian organisations, with more than 8.7 million volunteers across the country giving their time freely to support their communities.