How volunteers are combatting COVID-19

More than 100 volunteers across Cumberland City took part in an online educational project to help equip their organisations with skills to deal with COVID-19.

Funded $20,000 from Cumberland City Council’s community grants, non-profit organisation House to Grow, produced the online workshops from January 2020 to February 2021 to promote intercultural understanding, self-awareness, self-regulation and capacity-building among 109 volunteers from 21 organisations.

Mayor Steve Christou said the community grants supported groups and individuals to develop a more vibrant, sustainable and inclusive Cumberland community.

“It’s great to be able to provide funding to organisations which help volunteers combat the challenges this pandemic poses.

Our volunteers are the cornerstone of our community and play an integral role in communicating and supporting our diverse demographic.” Mayor Steve Christou said.

House to Grow, a not-for-profit organisation that helps vulnerable children and women affected by domestic violence, and also provides educational programs.

“We are grateful we had the support of Cumberland City Council to be able to develop and facilitate this online educational workshop which aims to serve the community,” Managing Director for House to Grow Pilar Lopez said.

“We’re glad the program arrived at the right time as it’s been an enormous support for volunteers and their organisations during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The Building Emotionally Intelligent Communities workshop is a unique learning pathway and received a 98% satisfaction rating from volunteers who took part.

The Cumberland City Council Community Grants Program aims to support the delivery of services and programs that build a vibrant and sustainable Cumberland.

Funded projects deliver social, economic, cultural, recreational, and environmental benefits.

Applications for community grants open on Wednesday 1 September 9am.

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