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Connecting Volunteers and Volunteering Opportunities


The Volunteer Centre has launched a brand-new website this week, ready to service the needs of the Hume community, by matching volunteers with roles within not-for-profit organisations.

First established as Volunteer Skillsbank, this matching service has been in operation for over 10 years and is widely used by many not for profit organisations and volunteers within our region.

Recently rebranded as ‘The Volunteer Centre’, the program aims to connect with a wider range of organisations to support volunteers seeking new opportunities.

The free service advertises the roles across a variety of channels, and sources a volunteer who fits the needs of each individual role.

Andrea Matheson, Program leader of Community Programs is excited for the community needs to be met from this new website.

We are excited to have launched this brand-new website, which we feel will better service the volunteering needs of our wider community.”

“New volunteering opportunities are constantly being added to our opportunities page, and we welcome any new volunteers and volunteer involving organisations to get in touch to discuss their individual needs.”

Volunteer roles cover a variety of interests and skillsets. Some of these opportunities have included: gardening, animal welfare, administration, mentoring and tutoring, crisis response, board of governance, and one-off events like the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues.

The opportunities are varied in length of commitment, location and category providing an opportunity suitable for everyone including those with a disability, those receiving Job Keeper support, and our cultural and linguistically diverse, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Felicity Williams, CEO of The Centre for Continuing Education highlights the impact this program has on the wider community.

“While we are coping with the challenges associated with COVID, we have a unique opportunity to take stock of our lives and develop new understanding around what is truly important. Never has it been more important to value our connections with the people in our lives.”

“Volunteering is a wonderful way of finding new connections, friendships and relationships within our communities. The Volunteer Centre can help you to make that happen. Our team will provide you with support and care to help you find the right volunteering job or group for you. They take into account your interests and preferences when suggesting volunteering opportunities to you.”

“For those who are a bit intimidated and nervous about joining a new group, the friendly staff at the Volunteer Centre will make introductions for you and make sure that you feel welcomed and valued.”

In coming months, professional development opportunities will be added to the website, with training suitable for upskilling volunteers and Volunteer Managers.

To find out more, or to express your interest in a volunteering opportunity please visit: volunteercentre.com.au


Stage 3 Lockdown Update

I am writing with an important update about the COVID-19 Coronavirus situation, at what I know is a challenging time for all of us.

While some classes had started returning to face-to-face groups, looking ahead The Centre will follow advice from the government regarding the most effective way to deliver important education and training services for our learners.

The government at this time has advised that that face-to-face classes are now to be conducted our virtual or online classroom environment wherever possible. We will monitor this official advice closely, and will advise you if any changes need to be made.

The Centre will continue to work with our learners to minimise disruption to education and training, and we will do everything possible to assist you in completing any classes or assessments that may have been delayed. The Centre is fully committed to supporting you to continue your education and training program through our virtual classroom.

If you can foresee any issues with you continuing your studies via an online or virtual classroom, please contact our reception by calling (03) 5721 0200 or 1300 843 236 or contact your enrolment officer.

If you do need to come on site for any reason, please note that all individuals entering our campuses will be required to wear a mask. Those who aren’t wearing a mask, or experiencing any of the listed symptoms of COVID-19 will be denied entry.

I acknowledge how challenging these times are, and the impact on our learners and our local communities, and want to reassure you of The Centre’s unwavering support now, and into the future. Our priority is the safety of you and of our staff.

The Centre is doing all that we can to ensure that your education program can continue during this challenging time. I encourage you to support each other and contact us if you require assistance or information.

Take care and stay well.

With kind regards,

Felicity Williams

Benalla Aged Care Study Partnership

Taking a whole-of-person view of student learning and development, The Centre provides education and training programs for people from age 16 through to 65 that helps learners build core work skills. These are the transferable skills that make people employable for not just one job, but numerous jobs. Employers need workers who can, for example, work within a team, think creatively and find solutions, communicate well, and be able to work in a digital world.

The Centre also has strong partnerships with industry, ensuring that learners are able to access work placement, graduate with current skills and are truly ready for day one in the workplace.

The partnership developed between Cooinda Village aged care and The Centre has proven to be a winning combination. Learners complete their aged care qualification (CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support – Ageing, Home & Community) on site in Benalla. The classes run on site two days a week, with learners receiving theory training on the Thursday, and are putting their news skills to practice in the industry the very next day at the aged care home. Learners graduating from its Cooinda program secure employment between 90 and 100% of the time, often before they have fully completed their course.


Enrol Now for Midyear

To find out more or to express your interest in studying with the centre please contact us by:

Emailing us at contact@thecentre.vic.edu.au
Calling us on 1300 843 236
or by submitting an enquiry via our contact form.

Central Hume Primary Care Partnership

The Centre for Continuing Education is pleased to be a member of the Central Hume Primary Care Partnership (Central Hume PCP).

Central Hume PCP improves the health and wellbeing of people in our communities. It enables collaboration and partnerships to deliver programs that respond to multiple complex health and wellbeing challenges facing our community. As one of 17 member organisations, we work together, making the most of available resources, avoiding duplication of effort and achieving outcomes our community needs and deserves.

While Central Hume PCP members work for the whole community, the people who most benefit from our role are typically the most disadvantaged.

You can read more about how Central Hume PCP initiatives have improved health and wellbeing outcomes for our communities by heading to https://www.centralhumepcp.org/our-work/

First Aid & CPR

We have just four spaces left for our May 21st First Aid and CPR course. With our typical style of training evolved to fit the current restrictions in place, complete your theory training online and come on-site in Wangaratta to complete your practical training and assessment (with physical distancing and sanitisation measures in place). To secure your spot, please visit: https://bit.ly/3di6hBh