What's Take Charge and Volunteer all about?
1. Organisations need volunteers
2. Young people are ready to volunteer
3. Take Charge and Volunteer is here to put the two together
It’s a project to bring Riverina organisations and young volunteers together to form a volunteering relationship which will reap rewards on both sides. Organisations get a vital boost of young volunteers to lend a hand, while young volunteers get a chance to make a difference in their community and learn new things.
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’s two sides to the volunteering experience –
1. The Organisation, and
2. The Young Volunteer.
For Organisations – they sign up, and once approved by the Take Charge team, can start listing their volunteer opportunities. Emails will be sent to the organisation as they complete each step of the process, or when interest has been indicated in a volunteer opportunity.
For Volunteers – they also sign up, and once accepted by the Take Charge team, can search for a volunteer opportunity they would like to participate in. 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.
Once the volunteer expresses interest in an opportunity, Take Charge vets the application, and advises the organisation, which gets in touch with the volunteer. The two then agree to a commitment (via the website), of how much time the volunteer can give to the organisation, and the volunteer relationship can then begin. As the volunteer completes work with the organisation, they log the hours on their profile, and the organisation is contacted to approve those hours. When approved, the hours then go on the volunteer’s profile.
What organisations can join Take Charge and Volunteer?
Any organisation in the REROC area that needs volunteers. They must have volunteer insurance to be accepted on the website, and they must 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 website, we’re here to help, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (02) 6931 9050. We’re also happy to run training sessions in LGAs, so if Councils can gather a group of organisations together, the Take Charge team can come and run the session which is full of tips on attracting, working with and retaining young volunteers, as well as using the website itself. We also have a Facebook page www.facebook.com/TakeChargeRiverina