Ongoing reward program for volunteers is important

WITH recent statistics showing the number of volunteers in Queensland has reduced, it is essential clubs provide recognition to their volunteers.

A recognition program does not need to be expensive, but it should be planned and an ongoing process. The minimum reward every volunteer should receive is a personal "thank you''.

Other simple recognition strategies include:

Involving volunteers in the planning process;

giving opportunities for increased responsibility;

profile on club website/ social media account;

keep volunteers informed as to what is going on in the organisation;

send a birthday card;

formal certificates or awards;

celebrate and honour volunteers on International Day of the Volunteer, during National Volunteer Week and at the Ipswich Sports Awards.

Be creative in finding different ways to recognise and reward your volunteers and show that you generally value their efforts.

Formal certificates or awards show significant respect towards your volunteers and programs like the Ipswich Sports Awards and relevant code awards are excellent programs to show your recognition.

To nominate an outstanding volunteer in your organisation for Volunteer of the Year in the annual Ipswich Sports Awards, visit www.ipswich.

Cycling course

THE next Women on Wheels cycling course commences on Sunday, August 6, from 8am at Limestone Park ($5 for the full program).

The small group six-week course is specifically designed for beginner riders who would like to learn how to cycle and gain fitness and enjoyment from exercise.

Booking required. Visit for more information.

Active Parks program

THE Active Parks program is a year long program of free fitness classes in a park near you.

Activities include boot camps, Zumba, Yoga, Boxercise and lots more.

No bookings are required and classes will not be held over the school holidays. To view the full schedule of activities, please visit

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