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Special COVID-19 Newsletter

April 2020

Hello to all our registered Volunteer for Knox organisations.

It is a very different world in which we live right now but we all have to remember this is temporary. Volunteer for Knox is now conducting on-line inductions via video for those people who want to volunteer in some of our virtual job positions and also for those who want to be ready to go once society returns to a normal we are more familiar with.

Volunteer for Knox is open and ready to support our services NOW. Maybe if its possible you could think about some virtual positions for potential volunteers who can work from their home. I have many people interested in working from home. Maybe it's simply someone to keep in contact with clients, staff and other volunteers, teaching online skills, or perhaps enrolling in online learning. 

Below I have included information from our peak body Volunteering Victoria who we are in constant contact with. We update our Facebook page Volunteer for Knox daily with resources and relevant information in regards to COVID-19.

Sally Dusting-Laird
Volunteer for Knox Co-ordinator

Safeguard Volunteers

Support, Self-Care and Communication for Volunteers

  • Ensure volunteers feel supported to make decisions in their best interests around whether to continue to volunteer or not.
  • Keep volunteers informed about what is happening
    • Any changes to service delivery
    • Any changes to communication channels (ie should they email queries if people are now working from home?)
  • Ensure volunteer contact information is up to date.
    • Set strict expectations on unwell volunteers
    • Clearly communicate that it they are unwell they should stay home and seek medical attention if needed.
  • Volunteers often help others but let them know its ok to ask for help if they need it. 
  • The Australian Government has announced that some not-for-profit organisations will be eligible for tax-free payments which will be calculated and delivered via activity statement lodgements with the ATO:

COVID-19 Resources and Key Links

We're here to help

Thank you for registering with Volunteer for Knox. 
Volunteer for Knox Co-ordinators Sally Dusting-Laird & Leanne Conway
E: office@volunteerforknox.com.au
M: 0429968822
Website: www.volunteerforknox.com.au

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