Volunteering is a valuable way to contribute to our community, but it’s also important to find a role that’s right for you. As a volunteer, you have rights and responsibilities similar to people in paid positions. Volunteering Victoria’s Guide for Volunteers is a great resource for people looking to become volunteers, and can help you get the most out of your experience.
Attracting and retaining volunteers takes consideration and commitment. It’s important to have a clear understanding of what roles you need volunteers for, and how you are going to support them and keep them engaged.
Organisations and community groups also have a responsibility to provide induction for their volunteers, manage risks and hold appropriate insurance.
Volunteering Victoria has some great resources to help you prepare for, recruit and manage volunteers.
Local Volunteering support
Volunteer Central Vic is the key support service for Volunteers and Volunteer-Involving Organisations in the Macedon Ranges, Mount Alexander and Heathcote areas. Volunteer Central Vic provides a matching and referral service for people seeking volunteering opportunities, information and advice for clubs, groups and organisations as well as one-to-one coaching and support on all matters to do with volunteering.
Volunteer Central Vic is part of the national network of Volunteer Resource Centres and Services, funded by the Commonwealth Government. The state peak body is Volunteering Victoria and Volunteer Central Vic is a program of Sunbury and Cobaw Community Health.
They offer the following services:
- One-on-one assistance and coaching for volunteer managers and coordinators
- Resources and training for community groups, clubs and volunteer-involving organisations.
- Training and information for volunteers
- Advertising local volunteer roles along with help to draft adverts and role descriptions
- Pre-screening and matching potential volunteers
Bendigo Volunteer Resource Centre also provide local supports and resources for volunteers