What's Take Charge and Volunteer all about?
- Community organisations are always in need of eager volunteers ready to lend a helping hand, whether it be helping the senior members of the community to master the art of computers (IT), helping an organisation get ready for an event (Event Management), lending a hand at the local tourist information centre (Tourism) or participating in your local youth council, the possibilities are endless.
- Our young community members are ready and willing to volunteer but may be unsure of where to go, how to start and what it involves
- Take Charge and Volunteer is a unique program that is designed to bring everything together in the one place to support young volunteers on their volunteering journey
Take Charge is a program that brings Riverina organisations and young volunteers together to form a volunteering relationship that not only makes a valuable contribution to the local community but also enables participants to work in fields where they have a genuine interest. Take Charge and Volunteer may also assist participants to obtain that valuable experience needed to help gain employment in their chosen career path.
Organisations get a vital boost from young volunteers willing to lend a hand, while young volunteers get a chance to make a valuable difference in their community, learn new skills and meet new people
Reaching out to the local government areas of Bland, Coolamon, Cootamundra-Gundagai, Greater Hume, Junee, Lockhart, Snowy Valleys, Temora and Wagga Wagga, Take Charge and Volunteer is a project of the Riverina Eastern Regional Organisation of Councils’ (REROC). Take Charge and Volunteer also receives funding support from the Regional Communities Fund.
How does it work?
There are three elements to the volunteering experience
- The Organisation,
- The Young Volunteer, and
- Take Charge and Volunteer
Organisations sign up through the Take Charge Website and once approved by the Take Charge team can start listing volunteer opportunities. These volunteer opportunities once approved by the Take Charge team will then be listed on both the Take Charge website and the Take Charge Facebook page. Volunteers apply directly to the organisation to take up Volunteer Opportunities.
Volunteers also sign up through the Take Charge website and once approved by the Take Charge team, can search for a volunteer opportunity they would like to take up. Searching can be via industry (an area they are interested in, or where they see a possible future career), location (their LGA) or a combination of both. Volunteers under the age of 16 must provide contact information for their parent or guardian to be approved.
Once the volunteer finds a volunteering opportunity they would like to participate in they contact the volunteering organisation directly using the contact details provided in the position advertisement and organise their placement.
As the volunteer completes work with the organisation, they are able to log the hours on their profile, and the organisation is contacted to confirm those hours. When approved, the hours then go on the volunteer’s profile.
Participants who log hours and have them confirmed will receive a Certificate of Participation noting the hours of volunteering at the end of each calendar year.
What organisations can join Take Charge and Volunteer?
Any community organisation within the REROC region that requires volunteers can join the program. They must be able to provide up to date volunteer insurance to be accepted and be willing and enthusiastic about working with young volunteers.
Is there somewhere they can go to get more information about how to use the website?
If an organisation can’t find what they need on the Take Charge website, the team are here to help, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (02) 6931 9050.
We are also happy to run training sessions, so if a group of organisations can come together, the Take Charge team can come and run a session which is full of tips on attracting, working with and retaining young volunteers, as well as using the website and Facebook page.