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Volunteering

Volunteering is a great way to get involved in your community. Around 4.4 million Australians make a difference in their local community by volunteering each year, doing a wide range of tasks for a wide range of not-for-profit organisations. People volunteer for many reasons and in many different ways. There is a great deal of satisfaction that comes from making a difference.

Get involved

You can experience working for causes that you are interested in, or assist in creating change in areas that are important to you. You can build new skills, meet new people and add variety to your work experience. One of the great things about volunteering is you get to spend time doing what you love.

There’s a wide range of organisations to become involved with and people are always needed to help, get involved and share their skills.

There are a wide range of volunteer opportunities for people to help out, get involved and share their skills in Mount Alexander Shire. To find out more about these opportunities, visit Volunteering Victoria.

You also can find volunteer roles advertised on Seek Volunteers.

Volunteer Opportunity - Red Cross is searching for the next group of talented and skilled people to join our Emergency Services Team in Victoria!

There are over 13 different types of roles across the state currently open, with applications closing on the 14th of September.

Volunteering is at the heart of all we do at Red Cross. Emergency Services Volunteers are there when people need them the most – supporting communities before, during and after emergencies. These roles are for community minded people with varying skills in community engagement, leadership and frontline emergency response. Training will be provided for all roles.

Find out more and apply here: www.redcross.org.au/volunteer

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 aims to provide a matching referral service for people seeking volunteering opportunities.

They are part of a national network of Volunteer Resource Centres and Services, funded by the Commonwealth Government. Their state peak body is Volunteering Victoria. Volunteer Central Vic are a service of Cobaw Community Health. They can offer:

• One-on-one assistance and coaching for volunteer managers
• Resources and training for volunteer organisations
• Advertising local volunteer roles along with help to draft adverts and role descriptions

To find out more please contact Volunteer Central Vic on 03 5421 1619 or email info@volunteercentralvic.com.au or visit their website www.volunteercentralvic.com.au.

Volunteer Central Vic are available at their resource centre at the Castlemaine Library on Wednesday’s from 10am to 2pm. No appointment necessary. (please confirm with Volunteer Central Vic during COVID-19)

Alternatively you can contact the following organisations:

• Castlemaine Visitor Information Centre – 5471 1795
• Maldon Visitor Information Centre – 5475 2569
• Mount Alexander Shire Council - Social Support Volunteers - 5471 1700
• Castlemaine Community House - 5472 4842
• Newstead Rural Transaction Centre - 5476 2407
• Maldon Neighbourhood Centre - 5475 2093
• Castlemaine Community House - 5472 4842
• Newstead Rural Transaction Centre - 5476 2407
• Maldon Neighbourhood Centre - 5475 2093

Free training for community groups 2020

Our Community Group Training supports local volunteers, residents and community organisations across Mount Alexander Shire and surrounds.

Bookings are essential and places limited. To register for a FREE workshop please visit Eventbrite at www.eventbrite.com.au or follow the links below.

How to be a dynamic committee. Working well as a committee! Online webinar via zoom
Please note: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this session will now be delivered as a webinar. Webinar details and further information will be emailed prior to the training.

Thursday 15th October 2020, 10am - 12.30pm
Is your Committee struggling to achieve lift-off? Find you’re getting stuck on the same old issues? Is it hard to stay on track and meet your goals?
Working together well is a skill and this webinar offers tools and tips to help your Committee or Board succeed.
If you are part of a group managing a club or Not-For-Profit organization, this webinar will help your group get to grips with core governance issues, taking you from a lifeless Agenda to energized Actions and successful Achievements.

Lead by Meredith Dixon, professional trainer with the Bendigo Volunteer Resource Centre, and facilitated by Lisa Richards from Volunteer Central Vic.
To register visit Eventbrite How to be a dynamic committee. Working well as a committee!.

Help Yourself: Avoiding Burnout for Volunteer Managers. Online webinar via zoom.
Please note: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this session will now be delivered as a webinar. Webinar details and further information will be emailed prior to the training.

Thursday 5th November 2020, 2.30pm – 5.00pm
Volunteer Managers often have to manage others in crisis, and are vulnerable to burnout and overwhelm. If you are looking for help to recharge your volunteering batteries, or just need an energy boost at this busy time of year, this session is for you.
To register visit Eventbrite Help Yourself: Avoiding Burnout for Volunteer Managers.

Please note session dates and times may be subject to change due to the impact of COVID-19.

For further information or if you require additional support to attend a workshop please contact the Community Partnerships Team at Mount Alexander Shire Council on 03 5471 1700.

Seeking social support volunteers

If you enjoy spending time with older adults and people with disabilities you might like to join our fantastic team of Social Support Volunteers.

They provide support and companionship for isolated older people living in the community in a wide range of individual and group social programs and activities.

Good communication skills and a sense of humour are a must! If you have one hour or more per week free and would like to get involved, please contact us. Training is provided.For more information please contact Intake on 5471 1766.

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