Shoalhaven Youth Volunteering Initiative (SYVI)

Since 2001 the Shoalhaven Youth Volunteering Initiative (SYVI) has trained more than 3,500 Shoalhaven Year 10 students from all of the region’s public and private high schools with local emergency agencies including the Rural Fire Service, State Emergency Service, Surf Lifesaving, NSW Police and National Parks.

Over recent years students have mostly completed training with the Rural Fire Service. Training is completed over 5 full days and includes theoretical as well as practical modules with an assessment on the final day. The qualification that each student gains is a nationally recognised and accredited qualification. The course enables each person to work within a team of fire fighters using relevant equipment and communications to control bush fires safely and effectively.

Students do not pay for the training and the project is funded by Australian, Local and State Governments.

As well as achieving an accredited qualification the students gain life skills and an insight into the benefits to the community of volunteering locally and nationally.

Funding is currently in place from the Federal Government until June 2017 and this year the project will easily achieve its goal of training 120 Year 10 students with local emergency agencies.

“The SYVI project is a very successful Shoalhaven initiative, of which, the local community should be very proud,” says Federal Member for Gilmore, Ann Sudmalis.

It is hoped that additional funding will allow this project to continue beyond 2017.