Please join us at the SRC via Zoom https://usc-au.zoom.us/j/92149273886 when Adjunct A/Prof Melissa Nursey-Bray will give a talk entitled 'Building resilient cultures to encourage regional youth to volunteer'.
Regions across the world are increasingly subject to the pressures of ageing populations and outmigration to cities by the young. These two factors are impacting the resilience and cultural identity of rural communities. In Australia, the ability for communities to continue to function effectively due to these factors is brought into focus by the experience of volunteers. Volunteer effort contributes key resources to regional communities, yet too often, given ageing workforces and populations, the capacity to maintain volunteer programs, and further, encourage youth to volunteer is a serious challenge. This paper reports on a project that investigated the barriers and incentives to volunteering in three local government regions in South Australia including the popular Clare Valley. We find new models of volunteering are needed, which include event based and social media driven programs, designed as much for fun, as public good.