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Volunteering in Warrnambool

Council acknowledges the valuable contribution that volunteers play in the municipality.

Volunteer Connect provides support and guidance to organisations and community groups that involve volunteers in their work, and provides a volunteer matching service to bring together volunteer roles, and volunteers to fill them.

  • Provide advice to volunteers and potential volunteers about the range of opportunities available and benefits of volunteering.
  • Training and resources for not-for-profit organisations and groups on relevant issues and challenges in volunteering, including Workplace Health and Safety, policy development, volunteer reward and recognition, insurance, induction and much more.
  • Support the South West Volunteer Network with financial management and Secretariat functions.
  • Oversee the registration and insurance coverage of Council volunteers.

Are you thinking about volunteering?

Volunter Connect provides a free matching service for you to find a volunteer role that suits your availability, skills and interests. There are lots of volunteer positions in a huge range of roles including mentoring, healthcare, administration, social support, retail, education and tutoring, animals, tourism, healthcare, food services, event volunteering and many more!

We can help find the right volunteer role for you, give advice about volunteering, and information about organisations around the region that you may be interested in volunteering with.

Do you involve volunteers in your organisation, not-for-profit or community group?

We provide a free volunteer recruitment service for not-for-profit organisations, that can help you find the right volunteer for your organisation or project. We can also support you to create the right environment to involve volunteers, covering areas such as policies and procedures, training, induction, Occupational Health & Safety, insurance, volunteering on committees and much more.

Urgent and Featured Volunteer Roles

These are some of the many varied volunteer roles we currently have available.  Please note: As the needs of our registered organisations change, so does the availability of our roles. Some of these roles may have already been filled and new ones may have been added. For more information about any of these or a full listing of all roles available, contact us through any of the methods below.

Role Title

Role Description

Time Commitment

Traffic Counter

Our Traffic Smart Officer cannot be in all places at once. How would you like to be her deputy? We are looking for someone who enjoys the outdoors and has good communication and organisational skills to help collect statistics on pedestrians, cyclists and motorists’ behaviour. If you would like to do your part in helping keep our community safe, please contact Volunteer Connect. Road safety training & mentoring provided by WCC Travel Smart Officer.

Weekdays –

8.00am -9.00am, 3.00pm-5.00pm as negotiated

Time Keeper

South West Regatta

How would you like to get involved in a fun, community event? We urgently need time keepers to help with Warrnambool's South West Regatta Championships. If you can spare a weekend and know how to use a stop watch, have good communication skills & can follow directions, please get in touch. No physical work required. Outdoor exposure. Induction provided.

9am Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th February 2018

Volunteer Tutor

Do you want to make a difference to young lives? Enjoy working with children? Keen educator? We need tutors to support an after-school tutoring program aimed at improving the academic and social development of students in years 3 to 6. Can we count on you? You do not need a teaching background, just excellent communication skills, be reliable and have a non-judgemental attitude. WWCC and police checks are mandatory. Minimum tutor age is 16 years.

Tuesdays

3.30pm-5.00pm

(during school term)

Child Care Assistant

Are you fit and active, well spoken, reliable and like working with children? Are you enthusiastic and have a really good sense of fun? We need volunteers who will work as part of a team to provide a safe, nurturing and hygienic environment where children's wellbeing, development and learning are a priority. No qualifications necessary. Would suit someone who is contemplating work or study in a child care related field. WWCC and police checks mandatory.

Wednesday, Thursday or Friday

8.45am-12.15pm

Shanks Activity Support Volunteer

Enjoy working with young people? We are looking for volunteers who can help create a fun filled environment as respite for our young carers. Our Shanks program is an activity based monthly program that provides children (aged between 5 & 16) of parents who experience mental health issues, an opportunity for peer support and a break from the supportive role they may offer in the family. Police check, WWCC & reference check required.

One Sunday per month,

3-4 hrs, ongoing commitment required

Consumer & Carer Advisory Committee

Are you passionate about change? We are looking for people with individual knowledge and experience of mental health issues, intellectual or physical disabilities including family members & carers. Help us improve the quality of our services and make a positive difference by advocating for improved services.

Meet at least 4 times a year,

2-3 hrs

Van Driver /Jockey

Are you flexible with your time? Like to help out? We need a fit and active person for regular weekly shifts to drive our furniture van picking up & delivering furniture donations. There may be some heavy lifting involved. Must have a current Driver’s Licence and a police check will be undertaken.

Wednesday &/or Thursday

8.30am-3.30pm

Hospice in the Home Volunteer

Do you have excellent communication and listening skills? Empathetic? Perhaps you are experienced in caring for others. We are looking for volunteers to provide a community hospice in the home service for people who are dying. There is no expectation of a medical nature, just support for carers and family members. Driver’s licence, Police check, WWCC and reference check required.

30 hrs initial training, Start 21st February 2018, hrs negotiable, ongoing commitment required

Music Room Assistant

Do you play a musical instrument? Would you like to help some young people experience the joys of music and have fun? We need someone to teach the basics of a musical instrument and help out with music room activities. Police check & WWCC required.

Monday & Tuesday,

Morning or afternoon.

For more information

Contact

Volunteer Connect
Ph: (03) 5559 4919
Fax: (03) 5559 4900
Email: volunteering@warrnambool.vic.gov.au
Archie Graham Community Centre
118 Timor Street, Warrnambool 3280

Volunteer Connect is jointly funded by Warrnambool City Council and the Department of Social Services to support volunteers and organisations that involve volunteers in their work.

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