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Welcome to Volunteering Geelong
May 15, 2014

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering Geelong is an independent not-for-profit organisation that is committed to enhancing the quality of life in the community, through the promotion and support of volunteering.

Volunteering Geelong was established in 1998 through the identification, by a number of individuals and members of the Geelong Volunteer Network (GVN), of the need for a "one stop shop" for volunteer recruitment and support.

LATEST NEWS FOR VOLUNTEERING GEELONG

We are moving again!!  From June 10, 2014 Volunteering Geelong will be located at 217 Malop St, Geelong.

All phone and email details will remain the same. More details and map located here.

Last Updated ( May 19, 2014 )
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Leading with Standards
Feb 04, 2014

Leading With Standards Volunteer Management Program

2013 Program participants
2013 Leading with Standards Program participants

Volunteering Geelong have developed the Leading with Standards Program which promotes a model of best practice in volunteer involvement based on the National Standards for Involving Volunteers. The Leading with Standards Program assists an organisation to implement these standards within their own individual workplace setting. 

Since 2009, 90 organisations from Geelong, Melbourne and surrounding regions have undertaken this innovative 6 month program .

2013 & 2014 program participants include Volunteer West, Australian Masters Games, Volunteers of Banyule, Volunteering Western Victoria,  Wimmera Health Care Group, Whittlesea Community Connections, DIVRS and Wathaurong Indigenous Co-operative.

Please contact Alison Duff or Gail Rodgers at Volunteering Geelong for more detail on becoming involved in this program in the future.

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Broad Program Outline (flexible components available)    


Organisations that participate in the program will receive the following training and support components:

  • 2 day workshop for the organisation’s representative or Volunteer Manager/Coordinator which will provide the detail required to implement the National Standards for Involving Volunteers.
  • A series of workshops that will bring participants together to network, share ideas and concerns, strategies and documentation.
  • Provision of practical support to organisations by providing examples of best practice in similar organisations (relevant to size, sector etc)
  • At least 6 months support (including up to 3 site visits) from the Training & Development Manager from Volunteering Geelong to assist with the implementation process, based on the needs of each individual organisation.

For more information on the development of the Leading with Standards Program, the report - Evaluation of the Leading with Standards Pilot Project, details progress of 12 organisations involved in the initial pilot program held in 2009.  For more information on the project call Alison Duff (Training & Development Manager) at Volunteering Geelong on 5221 1377.

 Participants in the Leading wtih Standards Program (past & present) can access project resources in the Volunteer Management area of website (login via Geelong Volunteer Network area).

To participate in the Leading with Standards Online Forum and Chat area access this link. You are required to be a participating member of the project team to access this area.

Best Practice Basics Program (Abridged version of Leading with Standards)

The Best Practice Basics Program aims to assist organisations with limited budgets and resources to develop a framework for effective volunteer program management and delivery. This exciting new initiative will assist the implementation of a best practice volunteer management program within your workplace setting.

The program aims to assist your organisation to develop basic policies and procedures for the management of your volunteer program. It has been designed to support organisations who do not have the resources required to participate in the full Leading with Standards Program, but still require basic level program support.  The program can be tailored to needs of individual organisations and includes flexible components such as workshops, site visits and provision of online resources. The program can also be delivered to a group of organisations.

For more information on this valuable and unique program contact Volunteering Geelong on 03 5221 1377.
Last Updated ( Jun 18, 2014 )
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Supporting young people to volunteer
Feb 04, 2014

Young People and Volunteering: A Series of Tip Sheets

This is a series of tip sheets developed and supported by Youth Affairs Victoria

They provide information for community organisations and groups to better enable them to involve young people as volunteers.

The series also includes information sheets for young people about volunteering and how to get started as a volunteer as well as an information sheet for parents about youth volunteering.

Last Updated ( Feb 04, 2014 )
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In Safe Hands Toolkit - developed by Conservation Volunteers
Jun 18, 2014

Is managing safety an area you find confusing and difficult?

If you answered YES to either of these questions then the In Safe Hands Toolkit is for you.Community organisations (e.g. Landcare) throughout Australia make a significant contribution to the health and restoration of the natural environment.  The volunteers within these organisations require appropriate management with respect to safety on activities.  Simply hoping everything will be OK and that people will use their 'common sense' is not enough.  Community groups need to have systems and process in place to provide a 'duty of care'.  The In Safe Hands Toolkit is a package that is user friendly and provides resources for community groups to provide the 'duty of care' that is required.

The In Safe Hands Toolkit has been developed by Conservation Volunteers Australia with a 30 year background in managing volunteers in practical conservation activity.
Last Updated ( Jun 18, 2014 )
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