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Imagine Victoria without the power of volunteers. Print E-mail
Oct 16, 2014

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Volunteers are the power behind more than 600,000 not for profit organisations in Australia. Even in the organisations that have paid staff (a minority), there is a heavy reliance on the goodwill, energy and skills of people who freely give their time and expertise to help out. To make things happen. To make the world just a bit better.

Imagine the possibilities is a Volunteering Victoria campaign to raise awareness of the value that volunteering plays in our community and the diversity of ways volunteering happens. It is part of Volunteering Victoria's mission to support the growth and empowerment of the volunteering community.

Read more on how Encompass Geelong could not do without it's wonderful volunteers.


Last Updated ( Oct 16, 2014 )
Want to Volunteer Print E-mail
Oct 08, 2014
Are your interested in volunteering?

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If you are interested in volunteering, Volunteering Geelong advertise over 400 volunteer vacancies in the Geelong area. Potential volunteers can either search via our online database (top right hand corner of home page) or call Volunteering Geelong on 52211377 to arrange an appointment with one of our Volunteer Information Officers. Alternatively,  a list of urgent volunteer positions is available here.


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News! New home visiting service launched in Geelong!


Red Cross is introducing a new Home Visiting Service in Greater Geelong Area, which matches trained volunteers with socially isolated older people in the local community.

Red Cross has provided Community Visitors Scheme (CVS) nationally for over 20years; this service brightens the lives of older people living in aged care facilities, by matching them with a friendly volunteer who visits fortnightly. CVS has recently been expanded to now also provide regular social visits to older people living at home who may benefit from receiving a regular visitor.

Red Cross is seeking 25 caring volunteers who can provide a friendly regular visit to an older person. The visits can involve anything from sharing a cup of tea, reading together, playing a board game, or simply having a chat and a laugh. Volunteers receive training and must be prepared to commit for at least 12 months.
It’s a wonderful way for people looking to give something back to their local community, to make a real difference in the life of another person who may be feeling isolated and to make a new friend!
For more information or to register your interest contact Lauren Carroll at the Red Cross Geelong
03 5223 8700 or

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Mentors Needed - Help kids get behind the wheel

This is your opportunity to help young people participate fully in a better community. We are looking for volunteers with driving experience to help our young learner drivers gain on the road experience through our L2P program. All it takes is one hour a week.

L2P is a program which provides access to mentors / supervising drivers for young learner drivers who are facing significant barriers to gaining-on-road experience. Such barriers might include no access to a vehicle or a supervising driver. A 4 star ANCAP rated car is provided by the program, all insurances are covered and training is provided.

For more information or to register your interest please contact Sarah or April on 5272 4011 or email

L2P program


Last Updated ( Oct 08, 2014 )
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Helping Refugees in the Community Print E-mail
Feb 04, 2014
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Refugees in our region come from a diversity of cultures and experiences. In Geelong they mostly come from Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Karen (Burma) & Afghanistan. What they have in common is that they and their families have been forced to leave their homeland. Diversitat have developed a range of programs to help with settlement of refugees in our region, volunteers play a vital part in these programs.

If you would like more information access the Diversitat website or email Volunteer Coordinator, Anita Boras, listing  your contact details, Anita will then be in contact you, email

 
Last Updated ( Feb 11, 2014 )
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Inspiring Young People Volunteering Print E-mail
Feb 04, 2014
At the recent Volunteering Australia's National Conference on the Gold Coast in Queensland, a host of young people spoke about the amazing and inspiring organisations they have helped set up. Below is a snapshot of these programs supported by the Foundation For Young Australians.

Youth Tree
An initiative developed to encourage and involve young people to volunteer for a cause they care about.
Hello Sunday Morning
Chris Raine (2011 Young Queenslander of the Year), decided to start up a movement to promote people across the world to break their relationship with alcohol.
Mayibuye Dance Performance Group
Mayibuye runs projects across Australia, South Africa and Cambodia using performing arts to facilitate educational opportunities for young people who are vulnerable to negative peer pressures and at risk behaviour. This organisation was set up and is run by some very inspiring young people. Check out the Waka Waka dance Group!
Young People without Borders
Young People Without Borders is a new rite of passage for young Australians. A journey of discovery, culminating in a gap year overseas where you will become a volunteer and experience life beyond your borders, develop different perspectives, learn new skills, grow in confidence and independence and make new friends from home and abroad.
YGAP (Y-Generation Against Poverty)
YGAP is a not-for-profit volunteer organisation aiming to create tangible social change, both locally and abroad. Their primary purpose is to empower communities disadvantaged by poverty to be self-sustainable. To achieve this, YGAP aims to inspire volunteers through innovative and creative fundraising projects.
The OakTree Foundation
The OakTree Foundation is Australia’s largest youth run organisation. They are a group of young people working together to end global poverty, dedicated to achieving incredible change to the world's most marginalised, oppressed and disadvataged. They are comprised of 350 volunteer staff all under the age of 26.   


Last Updated ( Feb 04, 2014 )
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Overseas visitors volunteering Print E-mail
Feb 04, 2014

Generally speaking if a person’s visa allows them to do paid work then they would automatically be able to volunteer. The only visas that need checking are those visas where paid work is not allowed. Refer to the links below for more information on specific visa categories. For more information on visitors from overseas wishing to volunteer it is best to refer to the Department of Immigration & Citizenship website. Some volunteer roles may require a Police Check and/or a Working with Children check.

Last Updated ( Feb 04, 2014 )
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