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

Volunteering is often referred to as the glue that binds our community together.  Volunteering opportunities allow people to develop skills and knowledge, to personally develop their health and wellbeing while supporting positive change in our community.

Volunteering involves working together, combining our skills and knowledge and expertise to meet the needs of the community organisation, enabling a positive outcome for all parties.

Successful volunteering requires engaging the right volunteer for the right volunteer role in the right organisation.

It is important to ensure that the person selected for the volunteer role has the right skills to carry out the tasks outlined in a clear and realistic volunteer role description.

Volunteer involving organisations (VIO) should have policies and procedures in place before engaging volunteers to support and enhance their service delivery programs. VIO’s should be credible, reputable, accountable and committed to long-term benefits to our communities while providing meaningful, engaging and supported opportunities for volunteers.

Volunteers should be open to new experiences, and willing to learn skills including cross – cultural and their personal and professional competencies so you, the volunteer and the community organisation can both grow in knowledge and benefit from the experiences.

Everyone involved in volunteering should be safe and secure and participate happily to ensure they have a positive experience.