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Winter Newsletter

For Registered Volunteers

Welcome to the winter 2020 edition of
Volunteer for Knox news

The last few months have undoubtedly been the most challenging ever experienced in this sector due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Now some of our registered organisations are allowed to open up slowly and this too presents just as many challenges. Volunteers are a vital part of recovery in this time of crisis.

Many of you may have been asked to stay at home until the lockdowns are lifted but you will also be asked to return by our registered organisations who rely heavily on your services. If you haven’t volunteered yet in the not too distant future might be a good time to put your hand up again.

Keep in mind your safety and limiting the spread of the coronavirus will be the main priority of your return to a workplace. Please follow your organisations guidelines on how to best avoid COVID-19, both in the work environment and at home.​

If you can, stay home as much as possible to further reduce your risk of being exposed or infecting others.

You can also volunteer informally in your own community: ​If you know people in your community who may be vulnerable and can contact them safely (e.g. phone call, social media) just let them know that you are available and can assist with shopping for urgent supplies or by lending a friendly ear for a chat. Social distancing does not mean we can’t still be connected with our communities.
Informal volunteering information sheet
COVID-19 advice for volunteers information sheet

Volunteer for Knox actions during COVID-19

Volunteer for Knox Resource Centre has been busier than ever during the Covid-19 crisis with many more people wanting to know what they can do for their community. We have worked with agencies to develop online positions to keep volunteers engaged.

We developed an online induction video for volunteers to learn about their rights and responsibilities and register instead of our usual monthly face to face information sessions and created online registration forms to enrol with us. Both are working really well.

Currently we have had more than 235 expressions of interest in positions during the past three months and around 60 people register with us for virtual positions we have advertised on Seek Volunteer. This is 300% more than normal. We have virtual roles advertised on our website. www.volunteerforknox.com.au
Some of the virtual job roles Volunteer for Knox are advertising include:
  • Online tutors to support socially isolated migrants and refugees to learn English
  • Compiling content for social media posts and/or community newsletters (articles about anything that might be of interest to those isolated from community, e.g. Recipes, garden tips, good books to read, local businesses providing delivery services, information about local organisations to get involved with after the crisis, interesting local places to share, photos from your daily walk, ideas for relieving boredom, local history and reminiscences, etc.)
  • Letterboxing community newsletters particularly to those unable to access the Internet (collection from select community locations or by printing a few copies at home and letterboxing them to your direct neighbours)
  • Becoming a pen pal for people who are isolated including in Aged Care (envelopes and stamps will be posted to you)
  • Assisting with hosting online social events such as Talking café, cooking, gardening, craft demonstrations
  • Providing assistance to people have trouble using their devices to connect to social media etc. – via phone or email
  • Circulating resources and updates for organisations and volunteers through social media and website
  • Keeping Volunteer for Knox website and social media updated (Facebook and Instagram)
  • Liasing with peak body
Liaising with peak body Volunteer Victoria and other state-wide volunteer resource centres to keep up with current trends and also participating in online support network meetings

Volunteer for Knox free online training

Volunteer for Knox are offering free online training via Zoom to organisations and volunteers in the next few weeks. It’s a good time to build your online forum skills and learn.
  • Start using Zoom (Wed 10 June)
  • Work/life balance workshops (Wed 17 & Fri 19 June)
  • Managing diversity in the workplace (Wed 24 & Fri 26 June)
Contact office@volunteerforknox.com.au if you are interested and we will send you the link.

National volunteer week

While we couldn’t be out and about celebrating our registered volunteers we created a virtual competition. The first five organisations and volunteers to write about their volunteering experiences to be published on Facebook and Instagram won Coles/Myer shopping voucher.

Search for volunteer opportunities

If you know someone that wants to register, please tell them to email us at office@volunteerforknox.com.au. You can search for new positions on our website.

www.volunteerforknox.com.au

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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