The Lismore Neighbourhood Centre will benefit from a funding boost of more than $129,000 as part of the Australian Government’s Volunteer Management Program.

The funding will support the centre for two years to continue building a skilled, well-trained and well-resourced volunteer workforce in the Lismore region.

The Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin, said the centre has a key role in the co-ordination of volunteering services and this funding will help it expand the skills of local volunteers through improved training.

“Volunteers make a significant contribution to community life. They are the people who deliver Meals on Wheels, help run local sporting clubs and support the vulnerable and disadvantaged,” Ms Macklin said.

The Member for Page, Janelle Saffin, said organisations like the Lismore Neighbourhood Centre link volunteers with the people who need them.

“This funding will help the centre deliver high-quality volunteer management and training,” Ms Saffin said.

“Nationally, more than five million people volunteer their time to a range of organisations.

“Volunteering makes a significant contribution to the Australian economy and has an estimated value of around $42 billion annually.”