Research suggests that members of the multicultural communities have lower rates of volunteering than other segments of the community. But we know this is not the true picture of volunteering in multicultural Victoria, with these communities being often highly engaged and supportive in informal ways.
Volunteering Victoria sees volunteering as ‘active citizenship’ and believes that increasing volunteering by members of the multicultural community can facilitate social inclusion, and also enhance service delivery to this community. Groups that warrant particular focus are refugees, asylum seekers and newly arrived migrants.
To support, promote and ensure volunteering in Victoria’s multicultural community, Volunteering Victoria will:
- Work with both the volunteering and the multicultural community to increase the level of multicultural volunteering across the broader community
- Create forums and consultations to promote engagement
- Share learnings and best practice of volunteering in multicultural communities to broader volunteering communities
- Share cultural understandings of what it means to volunteer
- Work with volunteer-involving-organisations to develop capacity and capability to create opportunity for multicultural volunteers, including how to manage them and develop their talents
- Work with our members and peak bodies who represent the variety of multicultural communities to develop programs, policy and support to enable cross cultural volunteering, especially for those new to our community.