This project sought to explore the issues surrounding volunteerism in the Southern Grampians region.
The project outcome provided a much greater understanding of the current and projected issues confronting the Southern Grampians community, the sustainability of voluntary input, the associated social and economic benefits contributed by volunteers along with effective strategies to encourage greater and broader community involvement in the future. The Fellowship recipient was Jill Warne and the project overseen by a steering committee of diverse stakeholders and collaboratively engaged in by Community Connections Vic Ltd and the (then) RMIT School of Social Science and Planning.
This initial research conducted in 2003 which focused on the Southern Grampians sub region continued. Community Connections as a member agency of the South West Community Capacity Consortium investigated the issues around volunteerism across the whole south west region. In 2005 further research was funded by the Geoffrey Gardiner Foundation and resulted in a model for The South West Local and Regional Volunteerism Initiative - 'Strengthening and Sustaining SW Communities'.