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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