Volunteering is a common expression of community interest. When volunteering one can increase existing skills as well as acquiring new ones.
It is what we do as Community minded people to enhance the community we live in, for no financial gain or physical reward, although there is usually a deep sense of reward and satisfaction when working as a volunteer.
Volunteering opportunities at Lancefield Neighbourhood House.
Why would you consider volunteering?
- To increase your confidence.
- To develop new skills.
- To interact with new people.
- To improve communication skills.
- To open up new job networks.
- To show volunteer time on your Resume.
As in all things, there are responsibilities and rights of those participating. These are usually in place to protect not only yourself, but the general community.
- Be reliable, always follow through on any matter you volunteer for.
- Know that you are accountable for whatever you take on, sometime this is with others, sometimes alone.
- Remember in these roles, we are often privy to confidential material, which we are expected to respect.
- Always feel confident you can ask for help when you need it.
- Be committed to the organisation you are a volunteer member of.
- Work as a team member with all within the organisation.
- To be given proper orientation and training.
- To be supported and if necessary supervised when volunteering.
- To work within a safe and healthy environment.
- To choose from as wide a variety of experiences as the organization can offer.
- To be given accurate information regarding the organisation you are volunteering for.
- To be shown/given a volunteer policy, on commencement.
- To say no, if you suspect you are being exploited.
- To be informed/consulted on matters that directly involve you and the work you do in a volunteer capacity.
- To be covered by insurance, while in a volunteering capacity.
- To have access to the proper grievance procedure.
Types of volunteering available at LANCEFIELD NEIGHBOURHOOD HOUSE.
Op Shop: Helping with sorting of donations, front of house or organising the shop. Weekday morning or afternoon shifts.
Mens Shed: Join the Committee, help in the workshop, help cook lunch or just come and meet new friends.
Townhouse: Volunteers cover morning and afternoon shifts each weekday. Supporting visitors
Food Share: Cover the Food Share for a morning or afternoon. Also help with collecting, ordering, delivering required.
Cooking and cooking support: Once a month we run a Community Lunch and need people who can help witht the cooking and the prep. Ongoing production of meals for
Driving/ Transport Project:
Gardening: Helping to look after our House garden, the Community Garden at the Townhouse, the planter barrels in High Street or looking after the Seed Library.
Newsletter: Working with Co-ordinator in correlating the activities taking place at the house. Typing up class descriptions.
Fundraising: Assisting the subcommittee in fundraising activities for the house.
Gardening: To work with the subcommittee in beautifying the L.N.H garden, who usually meet once a month for any upgrades to the garden.
Teaching: If you have skills that can be shared with others in a class type activity, please speak with Vivien regarding this.
Subcommittees : If you are interested in volunteering, but do not know what you want to do, maybe you could join one of the various subcommittees we have at the house.
Other Volunteer positions available – Call Vivien on 5429 1214 for position descriptions
Gardeners— small garden requires people to do weeding, mowing or landscape design
Farmer’s Market — positions include, manning information table, helping to set up, end of market , committee membership, marketing and research assistants.
Op Shop—retail work, stock management, deliveries.
Neighbourhood House— admin work, filing, hospitality.
We acknowledge the Wurundjeri people who are the traditional Custodians of the Land on which the Lancefield Neighbourhood House resides.
We pay respect to the Elders past, present and emerging.