We would like to assure the community that we are still operating via telephone, email and online inquiries for anyone who wishes to connect with us. As the Kyneton and Castlemaine Libraries, are closed our face to face Volunteer Resource Hubs are not currently available.
Please contact us through:
Phone: 03 5421 1619
Mobile: 0419 362 374
You can register as a volunteer or a volunteer-involving organisation online: www.volunteercentralvic.com.au
Volunteers and Community Organisations are vital to our community and will be needed more than ever, particularly during the recovery phase of this current pandemic. At this present moment, many local, regional and state Volunteer-Involving Organisations are considering how best to engage volunteers while remaining within DHHS guidelines. We ask for your patience if you are trying to seek a volunteer role, as we are prioritising the safety and wellbeing of all our communities.
For Volunteer Managers and Volunteer-Involving Organisations:
Please let us know as soon as possible if:
- You are NOT CURRENTLY recruiting new volunteers. We will pause your advertised positions, and will be ready to help when you want to restart your recruitment process.
- You are ACTIVELY recruiting volunteers, particularly emergency response volunteers. Please make sure you are registered with us by completing the online form:
Consider the following:
- Ensure your Volunteer Personal Accident and Public Liability insurances are up to date.
- Join CrimCheck for a fast and reliable method of conducting security checks for volunteers.
- Set up additional washing stations, encourage social distancing, and set up systems for volunteers to work remotely where possible to reduce the spread of disease.
- If volunteers are able to work remotely, remember to maintain privacy and confidentiality of records and personal information at all times.
- Adjust volunteer training: postpone group training and make use of online training options. Offer your volunteers opportunities for online convening – this is a great way to keep their skills up!
- Determine which volunteer positions are crucial to your current state of operations.
Support your volunteers in working remotely wherever possible in the ways that staff are increasingly being encouraged to work remotely.
Plan for a volunteer workforce shortage:
- Survey volunteers to determine their availability. Currently; if schools were to close; and if quarantined (only if remote volunteering is possible).
- For volunteers who have high availability: ask if they would be willing to increase their volunteering to help fill gaps (given that they are healthy)
- Track responses: keep a database and anticipate availability in certain situations
- Work with organisational leaders to prioritise programming/services that are delivered by volunteers. For example, programs providing food for those experiencing poverty will be higher priority than advocacy or education programs that could be postponed.
What do volunteers need in times of emergency?
During times of stress, the following three leadership traits are particularly helpful to remember:
- Consistency: Do you show up the same way you did in previously challenging times? Do the messages you share represent a logical narrative? Do they align with the organisation’s proclaimed values?
- Transparency: Do you say what you mean? Do you speak the truth, even when it’s unpopular? Do you admit mistakes, even if it’s uncomfortable?
- Predictability: Is it clear where and when leaders will take action or, if more information is forthcoming, communicate the next steps? Is everyone kept in the loop about what happens next, even if it’s just an update on status?
Volunteers are a vital part of recovery in a time of emergency, but before you consider volunteering ask yourself – Am I well enough to volunteer? Your safety and limiting the spread of the coronavirus is the main priority so please follow DHHS guidelines on how to best avoid COVID-19, both in the work environment and at home. Consider if you fall into one of the risk categories: those over the age of 60 and those with a pre-existing medical condition such as heart and lung disease are more at risk of experience severe symptoms if they contract COVID-19. Also, those who have travelled overseas in the last 14 days or who have had close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 are at highest risk of infection.
If you can, stay home as much as possible to further reduce your risk of being exposed or infecting others.
If you are well enough and wish to volunteer, here are 2 main ways you can help:
- Contact and register with Volunteer Central Vic or Cobaw Community Health:
- Stay connected with your community: If you know people in your community who may be vulnerable and can contact them safely (e.g. phone call, WhatsApp, Messenger), just let them know that you are available and can assist with shopping for urgent supplies or by lending a friendly ear for a chat.