Thinking of becoming a volunteer? You have come to the right place!
We know many of you want to make a difference. Volunteers play a huge role in contributing to healthier and more resilient communities and being a Burdekin Volunteer is no different.
The Burdekin Association has initiated a Volunteer Program, the launch of which took place during National Volunteers Week (18th-24th May 2020) themed “Changing Communities, Changing Lives.”
We identified ways volunteers might wish to contribute to our organisation through our Volunteer Program:
- Carers - volunteers who live-in, are given accommodation (or live in their own home) and are given a fortnightly allowance. They care for children and young people full-time or offer Respite Care when Carers go on holidays. To become a Carer is a significant commitment and a separate interview process and training is required. For more information check out: https://www.burdekin.org.au/become-carer/
- Mentors - people who will meet up with children or young people on a regular basis, offering non-judgmental support, building their self-esteem and skills and providing a consistent, caring voice in their lives. Ideally these mentors have particular skills e.g. an ex teacher, but this is by no means a prerequisite. Mentors may act as tutors for a particular subject area the young person needs assistance with or an activity-based visit e.g. taking the young person swimming. Mentors/tutors/support people will participate in some training sessions and are then matched with a child or young person. Mentors will need to commit to a minimum 1-2 hours fortnightly for 6 months. Obviously if you’re going away or are sick, this can be factored in but a genuine commitment to the young person and the work of The Burdekin Association is required.
- Skill-based volunteers - people who offer time and skills to maintain our properties, support our staff, give specific skills-based support. Whatever is needed at the time e.g. admin support, organising food hampers, helping out with the annual Charity Golf Day etc.
- Fundraising volunteers - people who give of their time and skills to raise much needed funds for specific programs within The Burdekin Association. We have prepared some materials to help with this. If you are interested please check this out: https://www.burdekin.org.au/ways-to-get-involved/ and get in touch.
In return for your involvement with Burdekin, we offer professional support, advice and training. You may gain new or improve existing skills.
Volunteering is also a great way to learn more about the voluntary and not-for-profit sector. You might even discover some hidden talents and enhance many aspects of your life. Volunteering is an opportunity to meet new people, have fun and, of course. make a difference.
Part of the volunteer recruitment and screening process involves reference and police checks. Screening for our organisation is particularly important because volunteering with us may involve working with children and young people.
For the screening process you will need:
- Volunteer Working with Children Check
- National Police Check
- Two referees
- Participation in training sessions
We were overwhelmed by the response to the launch of our Volunteer Program by the the level of interest and for now, we have all that we need.
However, we would like anyone who is interested in volunteering with us to please contact us, either by ringing or by completing the Expression of Interest form and sending it back to us. We thank you for your time and interest in working with us.
"With this diverse group of people who’ve come forward, keen to become a mentor in the life of a young person or support the work of The Burdekin Association in some way, I think this initiative has the potential to change communities and change lives. The power of a non-judgemental, consistent presence in the life of a young person, believing in them, noticing strengths and giving them time on a regular weekly basis, we are hoping the Burdekin Volunteer Program will add enormous value to the already fabulous work going on to support young people on the Northern Beaches who are unable to live at home through no fault of their own. "
Jill Wrathall | Manager, Referrals and Projects OOHC who also coordinates this volunteer program.