Volunteering

Volunteering

A great way to contribute to your activity club and your community is through volunteer work

Information, Resources & Links

Definition

Volunteering is time willingly given for the common good and without financial gain.

Looking for Opportunities to Volunteer

The following organisations provide opportunities to volunteer and in many cases would not be able to function effectively without volunteer help.

 Outdoors and Outdoor Activities

Sport, Fitness and Recreation Volunteering
Oxfam Trailwalker
Scouts Queensland
Girl Guides Queensland
Earthwatch Australia
Conservation Volunteers Australia
Wild Mob
(Conservation Volunteers)
WWOOF (Willing Workers on Organic Farms)

Community & Charities

LINKKI (Volunteering Queensland)
FNQ Volunteers
Volunteering North Queensland
Wide Bay Volunteers
Volunteering Sunshine Coast
Volunteering Gold CoastState Emergency Service
Cancer Council – Relay for Life
UNICEF

So you want to be a volunteer ...

Checklist for volunteers

Checklist for volunteers

It’s important that you choose a volunteer role that matches your values, aspirations & meets your requirements.

Here are a few questions you should consider when applying for a volunteer role:

  • What are your motivations for volunteering?
  • Is there a cause that is close to your heart?
  • How much time can you commit?
  • … read more

Source
Volunteering Queensland

Know your rights and responsibilities

Rights and Responsibilities

You & the organisation you volunteer with are responsible for making sure you’re safe & happy in your role

Volunteers have the right to:

  • be interviewed and engaged as a volunteer in accordance with equal opportunity and anti-discrimination legislation
  • receive information about the organisation
  • a clearly written role description
  • read more

Volunteers have a responsibility to:

  • be reliable
  • respect confidentiality
  • carry out the tasks defined in the role description
  • read more

Source
Volunteering Queensland

Volunteer Best Practice

Courtesy Oxfam Trailwalker

The Best of the Best!

Reports and stories about volunteering at its best, and the people who make it happen!

Volunteers do not necessarily have the time;
they have the heart

Elizabeth Andrew

Links & Resources

FREE online training for volunteers

FREE online training for volunteers

The Queensland Government recognises the important role Volunteers play in local sport and recreation clubs and is pleased to partner with QFSR Skills Alliance to offer a number of online training opportunities through the Department’s Building Active Communities Workshops program.

All courses are self-paced and take between 2-3 hours to complete.

Go Volunteer App

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Go Volunteer
Search Australia’s largest database of volunteering opportunities!

GoVolunteer connects you to thousands of volunteer involving organisations all over the country, and is the ideal tool to help you find the perfect volunteer match. Simply create a profile and let GoVolunteer find roles for you. You can search, express interest, and shortlist opportunities.

Opportunities in your hand!

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Volunteer Management

Are you a not for profit that depends on volunteers to get the work done?
Does your organisation use volunteers to deliver your programmes?

There is a range of resources, advice and information available on the Internet to help you manage your volunteers more efficiently so that they are are happy and fulfilled, your clients are satisfied and you get the work completed in the best way possible

Volunteer Management on the Volunteering Queensland website offers a great collection of downloadable fact sheets, forms and checklists on a wide range of subjects – governance, leadership, building relationships with volunteers, events, fund
raising, speech making, technology and training

The Sport, Fitness & Recreation Volunteer Portal, is a resource to assist recreation organisations source volunteers, promote their events and advertise their volunteering opportunities.

For those who are managing volunteers there might be some useful hints from the Australian Association of Volunteer Managers, a professional association for individuals across all sections of the community who are involved with managing volunteer programs in Australasia.

WH&S and VolunteersThe information on the website outlines ways volunteers can meet their work health and safety duties and explains what volunteers can expect from the organisations they volunteer for. It also provides information for organisations that employ workers and engage volunteers and how the new Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws apply to them.

Volunteering Queensland

Volunteering Queensland

As the peak body for volunteering in Queensland, we are working towards a world where everyone can make a difference.

Go to LINKKI (Volunteering Queensland) to find out how and where you can volunteer.

Resource Central  offers a great collection of downloadable fact sheets, forms and checklists on a wide range of subjects – governance, leadership, building relationships with volunteers, events, fundraising, speech making, technology and training.

Subscribe to the Volunteering Queensland Newsletter

Volunteering Australia

Volunteering Australia

Volunteering Australia is the national peak body working to advance volunteering in the Australian community.

WH&S and Volunteers

WH&S and Volunteers

Everyone has a right to be safe at work, including volunteers. Volunteers play a vital role in communities across Australia and make significant contributions by carrying out unpaid work for a variety of organisations every day.

The information on the website outlines ways volunteers can meet their work health and safety duties and explains what volunteers can expect from the organisations they volunteer for. It also provides information for organisations that employ workers and engage volunteers and how the new Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws apply to them.

Queensland Government Volunteering Resources

Queensland Government Volunteering Resources

Information and links for new volunteers, existing volunteers, volunteer managers and profiles of inspiring volunteers.

Training & Qualifications

Training for Volunteers and Volunteer Management

Volunteering Queensland
The state peak body solely dedicated to advancing volunteering for the economic, social, cultural & environmental well-being of Queensland. Includes links to qualifications

Nationally recognised qualifications

  • Certificate I in Active Volunteering (CHC14015)
  • Certificate II in Active Volunteering (CHC24015)
  • Certificate III in Active Volunteering (CHC34015)
  • Certificate IV in Coordination of Volunteer Programs (CHC44015)

A Guide to Training Volunteers (PartA)

A Guide to Training Volunteers (PartB)

and a little fun!

10 Commandments for Managers of Volunteers

Whilst there are plenty of ideas for having an effective and healthy volunteer program, Volunteering Queensland has put together a list of the ones they consider imperative for a truly successful program that is adaptable to most community organisations.

Here are 10 commandments, and whist they are not set in stone, we challenge you to think about them and share with your colleagues.

  1. Thou shall have clear role descriptions for volunteers
  2. Thou shall have all the supplies and equipment available for volunteers to complete their work 
  3. Thou shall conduct quality screening, background checks and thorough orientation
  4. Thou shall be well known for appreciating your volunteers and having fun
  5. Thou shall cultivate leaders within your volunteer teams so that you can delegate responsibility
  6. Thou shall communicate a compelling vision for why people should volunteer in your organisation and what they shall gain from the experience
  7. Thou shall consult volunteers about upcoming changes that effect their work
  8. Thou shall provide ongoing training and opportunities for professional development
  9. Thou shall ensure board and staff higher in the organisation are regularly informed about volunteer efforts
  10. Thou shall ensure coffee (and chocolate) is abundantly supplied and replaced when supplies are low

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Suggestions

There are many more volunteering opportunities and training around Queensland
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