VOLUNTEER FUNDING: Wimmera Volunteers chief executive Julie Pettett with Art is…Festival chair Marion Matthews on Friday. The festival received funding through the Wimmera Volunteers community grants program. Picture: PAUL CARRACHERTWENTY-seven Wimmera community groups have received grants and training subsidies worth more than $13,000 from Wimmera Volunteers.

Wimmera Volunteers chief executive Julie Pettett said the organisation’s round two 2011-12 community grants program helped provide important services.

Ms Pettett said the program gave much-needed money to groups, including sporting clubs, festival committees, Scout groups and agricultural and pastoral societies.

“Regional volunteering groups often provide key services to communities, so we are pleased to be able to offer our support and encouragement through our grants program,” she said.

Ms Pettett said the round two grants included subsidies for community groups to access training for volunteers.

The Way2Go volunteering toolkit for volunteer managers incorporated $750 for each eligible organisation to send up to two volunteers to three workshops.

“We are very excited to be able to offer a Way2Go,” she said.

“Training will support community organisations which have full-time or part-time employees responsible for maintaining a volunteer program.

“Albury Wodonga Volunteer Resource Bureau developed the toolkit and Wimmera Volunteers is delivering it in this region.”

Edenhope Pastoral and Agricultural Society secretary Christine Bull said the society was lucky to receive $300 from Wimmera Volunteers.

She said the society’s annual show in November would run with the help of volunteers.

“We will use the money to celebrate our volunteers’ hard work after the show,” Mrs Bull said.

❏ For the full grant details, see today’s Mail-Times.

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