Greater Hume Shire Council is developing a program that connects prospective volunteers and organisations that operate across a variety of different areas. Council hopes to attract volunteers to assist organisations within Greater Hume Shire who rely on volunteers to provide various services to the community.
Council values the significant contribution made by community members who volunteer their time to support these diverse services.Volunteers significantly enhance the quality of life, community spirit and leisure time opportunities in the region and volunteering promotes enduring social, cultural, environmental and economic value to Council and the community.
The volunteering opportunities within Greater Hume are varied including:
Aged & Disability
Health & Wellbeing
Sport & Recreation
Tourism and Events
For more information on volunteering or seeking volunteers contact Kerrie Wise, Tourism and Promotions Officer on 02 6036 0186 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Take Charge and Volunteer
Promoting volunteering to young people and assisting the longevity of so many Riverina volunteer organisations is the aim of Riverina Eastern Regional Organisations of Council’s (REROC) new Take Charge and Volunteer project, in conjunction with Greater Hume Shire Council. The ongoing battle to attract and retain young volunteers is not new, but by partnering with Riverina organisations and together, developing innovative ideas, REROC hopes to connect young people with the groups who need them the most.
A youth survey carried out in conjunction with REROC’s Take Charge Riverina Youth Leadership Forum 2013 revealed a large percentage of the 120 students at the forum not only thought volunteering was important in their home town, but that most of them really wanted to become volunteers.
The Take Charge and Volunteer project will assist on both sides of the volunteer relationship – with both the organisation and the volunteer.
The www.takecharge.org.au website is looking for Riverina organisations ready to embrace the challenge of this new project, sign up, and list their volunteering opportunities, which young volunteers can search for via their industry of interest or where they live. When the volunteer finds something they are interested in, they can register their interest and a volunteering relationship will be formed with the organisation.
If organisations prefer, a simple training session can be held in your Local Government Area where a member of your organisation can be guided through preparing for accepting and working with young volunteers, and how to best use www.takecharge.org.au. The project will also look at rewarding young volunteers for their efforts.
Any organisation wishing to be involved in the project, or wanting to attend a training session, can contact Greater Hume Shire Council’s Library & Youth Services Development Officer Susan Kane on 0417 212 069 or email email@example.com.
Further information is also available from REROC’s Regional Youth and Communities contact, Kylie Dunstan on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0437 863 426; or REROC Executive Officer, Julie Briggs email@example.com or 6931 9050.
The project has been funded by the New South Wales Government through Youth Opportunities.
For instructions on how to login to the Take Charge website click here