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Volunteering

Volunteer Connect

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
Easter Book Fair Volunteers If you have a love for books, you will love the Book Fair! We are looking for volunteers to assist us with our major fundraising for the year! Our multiple volunteer roles would suit retired teachers, ex-librarians, collectors and avid book readers. Varying tasks include processing book donations, sorting books into categories, packing books for transport, displaying books at the event, and providing assistance at the Fair. No qualifications needed, although you will need to be reasonably fit, and some retail or customer service experience for those roles would be great! Various roles with various times ranging from late March up to and after event FRIDAY 14TH APRIL – SUNDAY 16TH APRIL
Nail Bagging Assistant Can you imagine how many nails are used in the woodworking section at Warrnambool's Fun4Kids Festival? Lots and lots and lots! And it's our job to sort them and put them into individual bags. Each year our clients, who have a disability, love the role of assisting the Fun4Kids Festival by bagging up nails for the Woodworking section. This year we have 6000 nails to bag, so we need you to assist our clients with this momentous task, so the children at the festival will enjoy making things with wood. Mon, Tues, Thurs 10.30am - 12 noon or 1pm- 2pm or as arranged by Coordinator
First Aiders We are in urgent need of new first aiders!  Are you a caring person who can stand the sight of blood? Do you want to meet new people, participate in local events, help out the community and save lives? Willing to make a long term commitment? Come and join us!! Previous experience in First Aid may be beneficial but all training is provided and no previous experience is necessary. WWCC required and Police Check will be undertaken. One weekend/month & 2 meetings/month
L2P Learner Driver Mentor Would you like to make a positive change in the life of a young person, or perhaps make our roads safer for the entire community? Becoming an L2P mentor will allow you to do both! Volunteer mentors act as Supervising Drivers for driving practice sessions in vehicles supplied by the program. You need a full Victorian Driver’s License & good driving record, a willingness to work with young people, good communications skills, a WWCC is required and a Police check will be undertaken. Next training is on 27th May! Express your interest NOW! Various times between 8am & 8pm Monday - Sunday for approx 120 hours over a 12 to 18 month period. Plus training as required.
Dispatch & Delivery Crew Like getting out and about doing deliveries? Don't mind a bit of heavy work?  have some spare time on the weekends?  We are in URGENT need of some dispatch and deliveries personnel for SATURDAYS. Our dispatch volunteers load and unload furniture and other donated goods from our truck. They assist in pickups from and deliveries to private homes and businesses in our community.  Manual handling of heavy furniture items forms part of the duties in this area so you must be able to lift heavy objects. Could that be YOU?? A Police Check is required. Saturdays - up to 5 hour shift. Initial Orientation & Induction OHS & Manual Handling and then as required by roster.
Animal Attendant Warrnambool Are you passionate about animals? Do you want to play an active role in animal welfare, and be a voice for all creatures, great and small? If yes, volunteering at the RSPCA is a great move for you! If you are committed to the care and well-being of our animal friends, we need many hands to assist us in a range of roles. This is a physically demanding role, so you need to be fit and active. So if you are passionate about supporting creatures great and small, AND ARE ABLE TO COPE WITH POOP, we have a role for you! Volunteer Information Session Wednesday 10th May, express your interest NOW!! As rostered, Mon-Sun 8.30am-12.30pm &/or 12.30pm-4.30pm
School Brick Club Assistant - WARRNAMBOOL Do you want a fun and exciting way to spend time with school children within the school system having fun and helping develop social and fine motor skills? Would you like to make a difference to students who find the playground situation challenging? We need a volunteer to provide an alternative lunch time activity for those who enjoy the stimulation and creativity of construction play using plastic Bricks like Lego. Ideal for CENTRELINK clients, TEACHING students or CORPORATE volunteering groups. Current Driver's Licence and own transport, some photography skills would be preferred but not essential, WWCC is required, Police Check and Reference Checks will be undertaken. Once a week during school terms over lunchtime

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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