As part of a targeted strategy to enhance innovation and growth of its business streams Volunteering Gold Coast Inc. has segmented its various divisions within the organisation.
Established in 1998, through funding from the Home and Community Care (HACC) program, and auspice by the Family Support Group (FSG) Volunteering Gold Coast Inc. quickly became the lead agency for volunteer services on the Gold Coast. In 2005 operations expanded to support the growing need for transport services in the community.
In response to an increased demand for these services, the West Moreton / South Coast Transport Consortium was created, which in 2009 was recognised at both state and national levels as best practice.
“The Transport Consortium was born out of necessity to reduce funding wastage,” says Chief Executive Officer Richard Patterson. “We connected a group of community service providers and pooled our assets to maximise our human and physical resources. This meant and continues to mean that we can deliver the maximum amount of services possible.”
Rapid expansion soon followed for both sectors of the organisation and in 2014 volunteer support work commenced in areas outside the Gold Coast, at Ipswich, Jimboomba and Launceston. The decision was made in late 2016 to rebrand their volunteer division to Volunteering Services Australia to better reflect the national work being undertaken by the organisation, which is currently operating in six locations with future sites in the planning stages.
Mr Patterson said the organisation has future growth firmly in its sights. “We’re excited to share the news of our restructure. Our future outlook continues to look strong with further expansion of our service delivery, partnership programs and reach into regional and metropolitan Australia.”
Volunteering Gold Coast Inc.’s community transport division, supporting the West Moreton South Coast district with a fleet of 27 vehicles, is now known as Volunteering Gold Coast Transport Services.
Mr Patterson says the rebranding of its divisions will be an advantage to the community. “Our driving factor has always been the needs of the community. These name changes will make it easier for people to find what they are looking for.”
Both business streams are supported by another Volunteering Gold Coast Inc. initiative, the highly successful boutique charity fashion store Memento. Dedicated to providing high-quality pre-loved clothing, shoes and accessories, the store quickly gained a reputation within the community as a provider of low-cost, stylish clothing and accessories shortly after its launch in early 2013.
“Volunteering Gold Coast Inc. is a team of collaborative and innovative individuals,” says Mr Patterson. “We have a number of new initiatives in the making that will continue to expand our existing programs, as well as venturing in new directions determined by community needs.”
Each division of Volunteering Gold Coast operates from their head office centrally located at 2074 Gold Coast Highway, Miami.
“We invite the community to view our new websites and see for themselves why we are Australia’s largest volunteer resource centre and one of the top three community transport providers”.