Arriving in Australia three years ago, Winfred has volunteered playing piano at nursing homes to tutoring children from refugee backgrounds. Winfred is an international student from China who is currently completing his nursing degree at ACU.Read more ›
Join a thriving discussion of the pro’s and con’s – and issues encountered for young people and the organisations that want to engage them in volunteering programs. This dynamic forum is Volunteering Victoria’s key National Volunteer Week event.
Held a few days after the official conclusion of NVW 2013 to allow volunteer program managers to attend, the event brings together panelists from key volunteering organisations who rely completely (or in large part) on young volunteers to operate.
A new set of resources for volunteers, not for profits and businesses who want to encourage their employees to volunteer have been launched during National Volunteer Week 2013. They include a set of 16 fact sheets and three guides.
More than 200 leaders of organisations with volunteer programs have stepped up to pledge thanks via a special National Volunteer Week ‘thank you’ petition, an initiative of Volunteering Victoria. CEO’s from organisations including charitable and aid agencies, most of Melbourne’s cultural institutions and peak sporting bodies, hospitals through to the smallest of community led groups, have signed up, along with several MPs, leaders from universities and one large corporate business with an employee volunteering program.
Our final star volunteer is Stuart is studying a Diploma of Conservation and Land Management at NMIT in Epping and is due to finish at the end of the year. He also works part time and is a proud father of two nine month old twin girls. Stuart is a volunteer with Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) where he has been donating his skills and time over the last 1 ½ years. His voluntary work involves protecting our biodiversity and fund raising to support endangered Australian species.
Jen has been foster carer for Anglicare for over seven years. A ‘family oriented’ person, Jen is passionate about her children and promoting foster care. Currently a stay at home mum, Jen is able to care for babies as well as children and provides them with love and the stability they require. Jen’s youngest son Daniel was adopted through the foster care system and she describes him as a “blessing in her life”.Read more ›
The saying- “if there’s a job that needs to be done, then do it”, could be this mans mantra. He has retired (four times) but still works part-time and is actively involved in several organisations in a voluntary capacity. Lindsay is an energetic man who is passionate about making a difference saying “the world should be a better place and I share personal responsibility for making it so”.Read more ›
Passionate about promoting positive mental health and well being in the community, Melissa is studying her Masters in Clinical Psychology at Deakin University and has been volunteering for over two years with Anxiety Recovery Centre as a helpline support worker. “We provide support, referrals and information to individuals living with an anxiety disorder as well as family members and carers”.Read more ›