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Your life and mine should be valued not by what we take... But by what we give.

Edgar Allen

Welcome to Volunteer for Knox News

Registered Volunteers
Autumn 2021 

One Year On...

It’s been a year since the COVID-19 pandemic became a disruptive force in all aspects of our lives. At the start of the pandemic many organisations in Knox were forced to close, postpone or cancel activities, and many volunteers stayed home because of their age and/or health vulnerability.

One of the biggest challenges that organisations faced during the pandemic was that many long-term dedicated volunteers were also those among the most vulnerable to COVID-19.

One year on organisations are slowly re-opening programs and services. Part of that planning includes welcoming back volunteers and making sure we create a safe environment.

Volunteer for Knox learned a lot during this period. People were still wanting to volunteer and expressions of interest in positions tripled. Virtual positions including online tutoring, writing letters to people in aged care, business planning and calling people to check on their welfare was extremely popular. The pandemic seemed to bring out the best in people caring for their neighbours and community.

If you want to search for a new volunteer opportunity please click here:
www.volunteeringvictoria.org.au
We also learned that for most volunteers who stopped volunteering in-person, their comfort level increases with social distancing practices in place and access to the appropriate Personal Protective equipment, commonly referred to as "PPE". This and many other new words have entered our vocabulary…’’self-isolating”, “pandemic”, “quarantine”, “lockdown”, “epidemiologist’s”, ‘’Zoom fatigue’’, “social distancing”, “flatten the curve” and “key workers”.

Volunteering is permitted under the current restriction level. So are you obliged to continue volunteering?

Volunteers are under no obligation to continue to volunteer if you do not feel comfortable doing so. If you do continue in your volunteering role then your Volunteer Involving Organisation has an obligation under Work Health and Safety Laws to provide protections around health and safety. You may wish to have a conversation with your Volunteer Involving Organisation (VIO) about different ways of volunteering, for example continuing to volunteer remotely.

Benefits of Volunteering

Remember volunteering is all about making a difference in your community; it also benefits you personally as it offers the chance to:
  • act on your values, passions and interests
  • make new friendships and create professional networks
  • gain work experience and learn new skills
  • enjoy new social and cultural experiences
  • develop personally and build confidence
  • enjoy better physical and mental health as studies show volunteering makes us healthier and happier
  • challenge yourself in a supportive environment
  • feel warm and fuzzy about helping your community
  • have fun!
Volunteers are happier, healthier and sleep better than those who don’t volunteer. Just a few hours of volunteer work can make a difference to your happiness and mood!

COVID Restrictions

Stay-up-to date with Government restrictions here.
www.dhhs.vic.gov.au

Training

Not everyone is a natural at administration, “tech stuff”, supervision and leadership, but you can always learn and upskill! Start building on your skills by enrolling in a Volunteer for Knox training session facilitated by trainers at the five Knox Community Houses, the governance team of Volunteer for Knox. Click here to take a look at our Term 2 Training calendar.
www.volunteerforknox.com.au/training

National Volunteer Week

National Volunteer Week (NVW) is Australia’s largest annual celebration of volunteers. From Monday 17th to Sunday 23rd May 2021, NVW will celebrate the significant contribution of Australia’s almost six million volunteers. Each year these volunteers dedicate over 600 million hours to help others.
The theme for NVW 2021 is Recognise. Reconnect. Reimagine which acknowledges that it is time to:
  • RECOGNISE, celebrate and thank volunteers for the vital role they play in our lives.
  • RECONNECT to what is important by giving our time to help others and ourselves.
  • REIMAGINE how we better support volunteers and communities they help.
Volunteer for Knox will be providing a morning tea, fun workshops and free giveaways to celebrate our community volunteers at the Westfield Knox community space Lower level outside Myer on Wednesday 19th May 10.30am – 12.30pm. All welcome!

Volunteer Expo

The Volunteer for Knox team will be holding a Volunteer Expo later in the year to showcase volunteer opportunities in the City of Knox. Our registered organisations will set up information booths and you will be able to wander around and check out new volunteer opportunities. So please let your friends and families know once the date it set. There will be more information in our next e-bulletin.

We're here to help

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

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