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Bendigo Volunteer Resource Centre provides volunteer support services across the Greater Bendigo region.

We currently have online support services for volunteers looking to participate in short-term or spontaneous volunteering while helping community organisation to adapt their volunteer program to life during and after COVID19.  


International Volunteer Managers Day 2020  Virtual Tea Party!

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Rob Jackson is Director of Rob Jackson Consulting Ltd, a consultancy and training company that helps engage and inspire people to bring about change.  Rob has more than 26 years experience working in the voluntary and community sector, holding a variety of strategic development and senior management roles that have focused on leading and engaging volunteers. 

Check out Rob’s video for International Volunteer Managers Day  here


 

Volunteering seeks to develop friendships, a feeling of belonging, a sense of being valued in your community and an opportunity to develop supportive social networks which are important factors influencing our general health and wellbeing!

Register to become a volunteer here

Update on COVID-19

BVRC wish to assure the community that we are still operating via telephone, email, and online inquiries for anyone who wishes to connect with us.

Our skilled team is available to support Manager, Coordinators and Leaders of Volunteers to adapt the changing volunteer environment to help people to be part of the solutions in meeting community needs.


We are currently  hosting monthly Volunteer Leadership forums through zoom video conferencing to:

  • Provide support to managers, coordinators and leaders of volunteers
  • Discuss together ways to move forward and how to adapt to life during and after COVID 19
  • Discuss avenues for new & potential partnerships – post COVID – sharing volunteers
  • Identifying who will be available to volunteer
  • How can your organisation adapt the program to meet the needs of the community and your volunteers?
  • Tips & guides to best practice approaches to volunteer management tin line with National Standards for volunteer involvement.
  • Peer support – share vision for volunteering sector

Volunteers helping make a difference during COVID-19

  • Anyone from the Bendigo Community knows we are a community that binds together during something as big as COVID-19.

Below, we would like to highlight things that are being done, and details about how you can help!

Golden Square Swimming Pool

Volunteers needed to assist with the Kiosk, Community Garden and Events

Volunteer Tutor Scheme
Connect with a student is at risk of social isolation and help them learn about our community. AMEP Tutor Scheme is looking for volunteers to support newly arrived refugees and migrants to learn English
Training support is on- line and during COVID the volunteering Tutoring is conducted online. Connect and make a difference today.  
 
Eaglehawk Community House
A call is out for anyone who has a passion for cooking!
The Eaglehawk Community House are seeking a cook and helpers with their food preparation program & food delivery (Tuesday & Fridays)
For more information, contact Tracey by email: coordinator@eaglehawkcommunityhouse.com
 
Otis Foundation
Seeking anyone who interested in gardening

Community Visitors Scheme

Community Visitors are the eyes and ears of the community and perform an important role of upholding the human rights of people with a cognitive disability and/or mental illness who are living in supported care.

They monitor and report on the adequacy of services being provided to residents/patients. Community Visitors also talk to residents/patients to identify issues of concern and write a brief report at the conclusion of the visit.

Community Visitors visit in pairs and visit facilities within their region.  Good communication, interpersonal and teamwork skills are required. The ability to contribute to a visit report is also required. This role is ideally suited to individuals who are available during day-time hours or late afternoons.

**NB:**Pre COVID-19, visits were face-to-face and access to your own transport to get to visits was required. (Travel expenses are reimbursed). This will be the expectation when it is safe for face-to-face visits to resume. In the interim, all visits by volunteers are taking place in pairs by either telephone or video. Access to a mobile phone and the internet is required.

Training for this role is provided.

This is a challenging and rewarding role which is a formal Victorian Governor-in-Council appointment. A minimum 2 year commitment to this role is required. (Breaks/holidays/leave can be taken during this period.) Please note that due to the long-term nature of this role, this role is generally not suitable for students wanting to gain experience in the sector.
For more information visit:
https://www.publicadvocate.vic.gov.au/volunteering/community-visitors

Lifeline Central Victoria & Mallee
A big thanks to their current volunteers
Volunteers to support vulnerable lonely people in our community.
Training provided (6 months)
 Rebecca Phone: 5441 7055 or email admin@lifelinecvm.org.au

Discovery Centre
Skilled tradesmen to assist with repairs or creating new exhibits for Discovery centre. 

The Bushfire Foundation
Calls for expression of interest are out now to register your interest to volunteer with the Bushfire Foundation in the Spring and Summer months.

In Great Company
An amazing new volunteer program design to connect people in need of support and social connection with caring, friendly, and enthusiastic volunteers. Any volunteers interested in giving back to our community. Making new friends and supporting elderly residents. 
Contact Ella McMillan 0429067112

Volunteering is time willingly given for the common good without financial gain! 

Contact Bendigo Volunteer Hub
0435 532 020 (Helen)
0417 053 059 (Meredith)
Email:
manager@bgovolunteers.org.au
‘MAKE IT HAPPEN – VOLUNTEER NOW’

The Bendigo Volunteer Resource Centre kindly supports the Help Your Neighbour campaign to assist our community in surviving the current COVID-19 virus and come out the other side more equipped, knowledgeable and ready to get involved again!

What is Help Your Neighbour?

Help Your Neighbour is a community campaign to encourage Central Victorians to come together and help their neighbours with simple acts of kindness in the face of the COVID-19.

During hard times neighbourhoods and communities have always found ways to work with each other, share resources, check on the vulnerable and provide support for the greater good. We know there are lots of people in our community doing great things to help others and we want to show people that it’s easy and practical to do the same. Help Your Neighbour promotes positive actions and connectivity that our community needs in order to be resilient, and to best withstand the risk, uncertainty and disruption of COVID-19.

Visit Help Your Neighbour on Facebook or download the flyer here