A proud moment for Work for the Dole virtual volunteering project

Monday 20 July 2015

A group of young Western Australian job seekers has been recognised for their contribution to a successful “virtual volunteering” Work for the Dole project jointly hosted by atWork Australia and the Carnamah Historical Society & Museum in WA.

This unique project, which involved transcribing and indexing over 6,000 historical records, has assisted with the conservation, documentation and promotion of the local heritage of Carnamah, a farming community 320km north of Perth.

The hard work of these Work for the Dole “virtual volunteers” has resulted in a useful online resource which provides the community with access to a large number of searchable historical records including burial registers, electoral roles and biographical index cards.

Michael Kolomyjec, Divisional Manager of atWork Australia said “the project directly benefits the broader community by increasing accessibility of cultural heritage collections”.

“The project also gave our young job seekers a range of transferable work related skills and experience including communication in the workplace, confidence building, data entry and team work”.

The value of this project and the contribution of these Work for the Dole participants was recognised at the recent Museums and Galleries National Awards in Sydney where the Carnamah Historical Society received a Highly Commended Award for Virtual Volunteering.

Following receipt of the award, Andrew Bowman of the Carnamah Historical Society met with the project participants and personally thanked them for their hard work and for making the virtual volunteering project such a success.