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The City recognises the crucial role volunteers play and has a designated service to assist volunteers and community organisations.
Armadale Volunteer Services (AVS) is an initiative of the City of Armadale supported with funding from the Department of Local Government and Communities. The service was established in 2003 and has more than 200 positions available at over 100 different agencies. AVS is part of a statewide network, promoting the benefits of volunteering and awareness of the opportunities to volunteer throughout the community.
Volunteering is an activity whereby people choose to donate their time and effort without financial gain, by sharing their knowledge, expertise, skills and interests for the benefit and wellbeing of others, themselves or the community.
Volunteering is a great way to build your work and life skills. It can broaden your horizons and provide opportunities to meet new people. The benefits of volunteering cannot be under estimated. Some of the benefits and opportunities volunteering can offer you include:
- Learning about your community
- Having fun and enjoying yourself
- Being more positive
- Having a sense of self-worth
- Trying something different
- Sharing your knowledge
- Maintaining your skills
- Learning new skills
- Accessing training.
Individuals can volunteer their time in areas such as administration, animal welfare, arts, children, disability support, education, emergency services, environment, health, human rights, Indigenous, seniors, sport and recreation. AVS has more than 150 positions available at over 100 different agencies.
If you are available one hour a month or one day a week, short or long term, or would like to know how you can be involved in one-off community events and projects then contact the City’s Volunteer Service Coordinator on 9394 5642 or email email@example.com.
Alternatively you can peruse the many positions available at www.govolunteer.com.au.
Volunteers at the City of Armadale are engaged in a variety of roles.
Some of these programs include:
- Armadale Gosnells Landcare Group
- Armadale Visitors Centre
- Birtwistle Local Studies Library
- Bushcare and Environment Advisory Committee Friends Groups
- Bushfire Brigades
- Civic Pride Action Group
- Drop n Shop (located at the Armadale Landfill and Recycling facility)
- History House Museum
- State Emergency Services.
If you are interested in volunteering in any of these programs, contact the City’s Volunteer Service Coordinator on 9394 5642 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step into Volunteering
Are you interested in volunteering but aren’t sure how to get started? There are plenty of opportunities available, something for everyone. Volunteering covers a spectrum of positions including youth work, aged care emergency service and environmental services just to name a few.
These sessions are a great way to find out about the hundreds of positions available for volunteers and to get your foot in the door. Find a position which is perfect for you. RSVP by Thursday 5 October on 9394 5000 or email email@example.com.
Date: Tuesday 9 October
Time: 1.30 - 2.30pm
Venue: Kelmscott Library, Stargate Shopping Centre - 2784 Albany Highway, Kelmscott
RSVP: By Friday 5 October on 9394 5000, or email firstname.lastname@example.org Bookings are essential.
Volunteer Risk Management
This free practical workshop is for volunteers, volunteer managers, and community and sporting groups. Keep your volunteers and your property safe and avoid insurance claims by mitigating your risk – important for small as well as larger organisations.
The workshop will discuss:
- How to identify risks including the types and level of risk
- Common insurance claims and how they can be avoided
- The different types of screening checks
- Best practice and having a plan.
Date: Tuesday 16 October
Time: 5.30 - 7.30pm with light refreshments from 5 to 5.30pm
Venue: Piara Waters Pavilion, 350 Wright Road, Piara Waters
RSVP: By Friday 12 October on 9394 5000 or email email@example.com for catering purposes and dietary requirements.
Unlike paid staff, volunteers are not covered by awards or workplace agreements. Volunteers however do have rights, some of which are enshrined in legislation and some of which could be considered the moral obligations of an organisation involving volunteers. Volunteering Australia promotes the following as the basic rights of a volunteer.
Do you need Volunteers?
Armadale Volunteer Services will recruit and refer volunteers free of charge. We would like to invite your organisation to take advantage of the benefits that Armadale Volunteer Services can offer:
- Registration of your organisations volunteer positions on our database and subsequently promoted on www.seek.com.au and www.govolunteer.com.au.
- Referral of prospective volunteers.
- Assistance with recruitment of volunteers.
- Access to information on training and grant opportunities.
Quarterly our members are invited to attend networking sessions to discuss a myriad of volunteering issues including:
- Volunteer Management
- Promoting Volunteering
- Recognising Volunteering
- Encouraging Best Practice
Membership is free. There are no fees attached to Armadale Volunteer Services, however to register you must be a not for profit organisation and provide a current copy of Certificate of Currency stating Public Liability Cover and Volunteer Personal Accident Cover.
We do not conduct reference checks or police checks, and we strongly urge organisations to undertake these where necessary. As always, the decision to accept a volunteer rests with you.
Contact the City’s Volunteer Service Coordinator today to receive a membership package. Call 9394 5642 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Active Clubs Program is the City of Armadale's Club Development program which supports sporting clubs within the City of Armadale. The program exists to support clubs with administrative processes and offers a wealth of information including how to conduct committee meetings, serving your sponsor and managing your club volunteers.
For more information contact the City's Club Development Officer on 9394 5642.
Use this form to make further enquiries about volunteering opportunities in your community. Alternatively, you can peruse the many opportunities available at www.govolunteer.com.au.
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