The Burdekin Volunteer Program was established in 2020 following numerous expressions of interest to volunteer with Burdekin. The purpose of the Burdekin Volunteer Program to date has been to:
- identify potential areas where we could benefit most from the work of volunteers;
- create a volunteer team;
- identify what skills are required for the volunteer positions;
- organise a support system for our volunteers;
- recruitment; and
- training and induction.
A lot has been going on behind the scenes as we put our team together and focused on the objectives of the Burdekin Volunteer Program.
- Jill Wrathall is our Volunteer Manager, who throughout the process has helped us to understand what we needed.
- Kim Backhouse was next to come on board as our Volunteer Co-ordinator.
- And we also have Kerri Muir as the Northern Beaches Co-ordinator and Renee Harrison as the Inner West Co-ordinator.
The team meet on a regular basis to discuss:
- the areas of activity that we have highlighted as potential areas for volunteer engagement;
- volunteer recruitment, induction and training;
- how the program is progressing;
- what the problems and solutions are;
- yearly activities;
- harnessing the energy and commitment of our team of volunteers.
Current volunteer vacancies
- driving supervision;
- mentoring support;
- coordinating programs;
- general maintenance;
- ‘House Angel’ – this role is varied to suit the needs of a particular residence – for example cook.
Potential vacancies in the future
We currently have a total of 10 volunteers with another 3 going through the recruitment process and 4 that are on student placements as well as volunteering.
Volunteers should be able to give 2-4 hours per week and live in or near Sydney’s Northern Beaches or Inner West areas.
Volunteers are people of all ages and backgrounds and play a significant role in creating a society that we all benefit from directly or indirectly.