By ERWIN CHLANDA
Vinnies Alice Springs values the contributions of our wonderful volunteer team, who have been helping us for over 50 years to provide affordable clothing and food through the Vinnies shop and much needed support in the local community to give people a hand up.
We are aware of the departure of one volunteer in the past month. We appreciate their efforts and hope they consider volunteering with us in the future.
We acknowledge that over the past year there have been some changes to our volunteer team, however like any voluntary organisation we must seek out new volunteers to keep our operations going.
Community initiatives run by the Alice Springs Conference of the St Vincent de Paul Society, such as the food van which is not currently operational, are dependent upon adequate member involvement and funding to ensure their operation. Activities in the local community have not been affected by staff changes at the Vinnies shop.
Volunteering with Vinnies is a great way of meeting new people and making a real difference in the local community. We encourage anyone wanting to find out more to drop in to the shop or go to the Vinnies website.
St Vincent de Paul Society National Council appointed its Queensland CEO Peter Maher OAM as the Group CEO of The Society in Queensland and the Northern Territory effective 1 July 2016.
Since then, the focus has been on making sure services continue and that Vinnies in the NT is sustainable so that we can keep supporting people in need.
Our focus has been on the safety and security of our staff, members and volunteers, and ensuring the Society is transparent in its operations and has adequate policies and procedures in place to ensure good governance and financial accountability.
The Society will continue to operate at a local level to ensure our support is flexible and responsive to the needs of the community.