Skilled volunteers through our volunteer program
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 future vacancies
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.