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Bendigo Volunteer Resource Centre (BVRC) provides vital links for promoting, facilitating, supporting and connecting volunteers and Volunteering Involving Organisations across Central Victoria.


National Volunteer Week 2020

During the month of May 2020, Bendigo Volunteer Resource Centre is acknowledging the impact of voluntary service, and the power of volunteers in our community, who tackle societies greatest challenges, to support, change and build stronger more resilient communities.

A passion to make a difference or to give back to our community are some of the reasons that inspire volunteers to service, hence the importance to recognise and thank volunteers who lend their time, talent and voice to make change in our communities and change the lives of others. 

A big thanks to every volunteer for the gift of your time and contribution to strengthening our communities, lending a hand, engaging in random acts of kindness, enhancing and changing lives.

We invite you to participate by acknowledging volunteers you meet who are lending a hand to support others in need during this often-challenging time as we work through COVID19.


Update on COVID-19

The Bendigo Volunteer Resource Centre wishes to advise you of the current situation we are facing due to the corona virus and all of our planned activities have been postponed until further notice.

Due to the closure to the Bendigo Library, our face to face volunteer services are not currently available.

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.

The BVRC has developed a safe volunteering fact sheet to assist volunteers and organisations throughout COVID-19 and is available to download here.

Email: manager@bgovolunteers.org.au

Mobile: 0435 532 020

Volunteers and Community Organisations are vital to our community and will be needed more than ever on the other side of this global crisis.

We encourage you all to:

  • Get to know your neighbours
  • Look out for friends and family
  • Support each other and maintain contact with the community through any way possible including phone tress and social media,
  • Put a rainbow picture or teddy in your window for people to see as they walk past
  • Keep your routines
  • Be kind, be thankful and be patient

For the most up to date and current information on the corona virus, please go to https://www.health.gov.au/

 

 

The Conversation’s tips on staying connected: 

https://theconversation.com/social-distancing-can-make-you-lonely-heres-how-to-stay-connected-when-youre-in-lockdown-133693 

Volunteering Australia’s guide to volunteering during the COVID-19 shutdown: 

https://www.volunteeringaustralia.org/coronavirus/#/ 


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 


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!

Gowns for Doctors

As the COVID-19 Pandemic started to spread, the GP Clinic in Lucan Street saw the need to start the ‘Gowns for Doctors’ Campaign and to date, they have had almost 300 volunteers contact them to help sew protective gowns.

The clinic is seeking donations or funding for the 100 per cent cotton that is used to make the gowns, which it hopes to distribute across central Victoria.

Sewing enthusiasts and those able to donate materials can email gownsfordoctors@gmail.com. For more information, keep an eye on their facebook page The GP Clinic Bendigo including drop off points for donated goods.

about volunteering or donate online at www.bendigofoodshare.org.au.

Eaglehawk Community House

Eaglehawk Community House is requesting assistance with a call out for volunteer delivery drivers to support the delivery of food and items to vulnerable people living in the Eaglehawk area. Volunteering work is conducted in the mornings between 10am – 12noon

Contact Tracey : email: coordinator@eaglehawkcommunityhouse.com  or phone 5446 8322 before 12noon

Other organisations who are seeking assistance:

Royal Flying Doctors – Community transport 

Lifeline – telephone support

Salvation Army – telephone support

‘MAKE IT HAPPEN – VOLUNTEER NOW’