Since January 2020, the funds from the Vinnies Bushfire Appeal have been used to support affected areas in the ACT & surrounds, including Bega Valley, Eurobodalla, and the Snowy Valleys. Thanks to the support of the community, the funds allowed this program to run until 31 December 2022.
Our Community Development Program was introduced to build cohesiveness, resilience and capacity within the Bega Valley, Eurobodalla and Snowy Valley communities so that they will cope more effectively with future disasters.
The Community Development phase is being carried out by five Community Development Officers (CDOs’) working in the Eurobodalla, Bega Valley and Snowy Mountains Shires (link to meet the team).
The selection requirements for these officers:
They work with the Vinnies ethos of “a hand up rather than a handout” to promote skills that will have impacts beyond the lifetime of the Vinnies Bushfire Recovery Program.
The work undertaken by our CDOs includes community cohesion and wellbeing events, assisting the community in generating ideas for community development, developing project plans and assisting with implementation, as well as assisting communities to apply for suitable grants.
While our bushfire grants finished on 30 December, our recovery work in communities across our surrounding region is continuing through our Conferences (volunteers).
Please call 13 18 12 for support and advice.
A sincere thank you once again from St Vincent de Paul Society Canberra/Goulburn.