Volunteering

 

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 State wide network, promoting the benefits of volunteering and awareness of the opportunities to volunteer throughout the community.

What is Volunteering?

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.

Why become a Volunteer?

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.

Where can I Volunteer?

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 200 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 volunteering@armadale.wa.gov.au.

Alternatively you can peruse the many positions available at www.govolunteer.com.au.

Volunteering at the City of Armadale

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)
  • Events
  • History House Museum
  • RoadWise
  • 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 volunteering@armadale.wa.gov.au.

Training Information

Key Issues in Volunteer Management

Volunteer Managers are invited to attend a workshop on the Key Issues of Volunteer Management.

Facilitated by Volunteering WA, this fast-paced one day workshop is useful for new Volunteer Managers or those wanting a refresher. The session will develop your managerial skills and cover key principles such as:

•             What motivates people to volunteer, to stay or leave your organisation

•             Job descriptions, recruiting, selecting, retaining, rewarding, dismissing volunteers

•             Developing a recruitment message to attract the best volunteers

•             Attracting and retaining Generations X, Y and Boomers

•             Influencing upwards

•             Volunteer Rights and Responsibilities.

Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to network, share ideas and further develop your volunteer management skills. This workshop is a joint initiative of Armadale Volunteer Services and the City of Gosnells e-Volunteer Hub and is mandatory for some of the workshops planned in 2017.

The session is free, but bookings are essential by Wednesday 5 October. Lunch will be provided. Contat Armadale Volunteer Services on 9394 5642 or email volunteering@armadale.wa.gov.au

Date:        Wednesday 12 October 2016

Time:        9:30am- 4pm

Venue:       Mills Park Centre - 86 Brixton Street, Beckenham

Suitable:    Volunteer Managers

 

Step into Volunteering

Are you interested in volunteering but aren't sure how to get started? There are plenty of opportunities available, with something for everyone. Volunteering covers a spectrum of positions including youth work, aged care, emergency services and environmental services just to name a few.

This FREE session is 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. 

Date:      Tuesday 18 October 2016

Time:     10.30 – 11.30am

Venue:    Kelmscott Library-Stargate Shopping Centre, 2784 Albany Hwy, Kelmscott 

RSVP:     By Friday 14 October  on 9394 5642 or email volunteering@armadale.wa.gov.au Bookings are essential.

Step into Volunteering Flyer.

 

Volunteer Rights and Checklist

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.

Volunteer rights and checklist

Community Organisations - 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 volunteering@armadale.wa.gov.au.

 

Active Clubs

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.

Useful Links

GoVolunteer

Department of Local Government and Communities

Volunteering WA

Volunteering Australia

Our Community

Contact Form

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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