Bendigo Volunteer Resource Centre (BVRC) provides vital links for promoting, facilitating, supporting and connecting volunteers and Volunteering Involving Organisations across Central Victoria.
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.
Phone: 03 5441 1404
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 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.
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 email@example.com. For more information, keep an eye on their facebook page The GP Clinic Bendigo including drop off points for donated goods.
Bendigo Foodshare is monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely.
The circumstances are changing daily, but Foodshare are in regular contact with Foodbank Victoria and the Department of Health and Human Services, which are coordinating the State Emergency Management Response.
Visit dhhs.vic.gov.au/novelcoronavirus for more information.
Bendigo Foodshare encourage the public to be considerate and respectful of the community, especially those experiencing hardship, and band together. Please check on sick or older friends and family, share surplus supplies with your neighbours and refrain from panic buying.
If you wish to help Bendigo Foodshare to support Central Victorians struggling with food insecurity now, or in anticipation of an increase in need due to COVID-19, please contact them about volunteering or donate online at www.bendigofoodshare.org.au.
‘MAKE IT HAPPEN – VOLUNTEER NOW’