The volunteering sector has experienced a shift to the virtual world, as more do-gooders are found to prefer helping out online, according to a report released today.
Minister for Social Inclusion, Tanya Plibersek, released the National Volunteering Strategy Consultation report today, which polled some 800 volunteer groups and found that volunteering trends are changing.
While the results indicate that traditional forms of volunteering still remain popular, new forms of participation still need to be catered for by volunteer groups and the government.
“Changes include a growing preference for online volunteering, more young people and highly-skilled early retirees wanting to volunteer, and an increasing interest in shortterm or projectbased volunteering,” Plibersek said.
The results of the report will form the basis of the national volunteering strategy that the Gillard government plans to release later this year.
The minister also announced the membership of a new volunteer advisory group, which contains a number of important CEOs in the volunteering sector.
“The group will provide insight into the volunteering sector and assist in creating an environment in which volunteering is encouraged, supported and properly recognised,” Plibersek said.
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