Definition of formal volunteering
Formal volunteering is an activity which takes place through not for profit organisations or projects and is undertaken:.
to be of benefit to the community and the volunteer;
for no financial payment; and
of the volunteer’s own free will and without coercion
in designated volunteer positions only..
The benefits of volunteering
Happiness Volunteers are happier, healthier and sleep better than those who don’t volunteer.
Skill building Did you know over 85% of HR Managers look for volunteering on CVs? Learn new skills and get ahead in the job market.
Health Sustained volunteering is associated with better mental health.
The experience of helping others provides meaning, a sense of self-worth and inclusion.
Chelsea Community Support Services Inc. is a community based and managed not for-profit agency located in Chelsea. Core functions undertaken by the agency include the provision of emergency relief, material aid, tax help, counselling, information, support and referral. Visiting services include Peninsula Community Legal Centre, Financial Counselling Victoria and Hanover Southern.
The Centre is governed by a Committee of Management which employs a Manager who is responsible for the day to day management of the agency.
Key Position Objective: Community Support and Information Worker
To provide services to the public in a confidential and impartial manner whilst at all times respecting the individual’s right to make their own choices and decisions. This is done whilst operating within the Centre’s policies, procedures and standards and the relevant Government legislation, laws and Acts.
- We value integrity, credibility and respect for the individual
- We respect the knowledge and diversity of our people
- We build partnerships through communication and collaboration
- We take a pro-active, evidence based approach to service provision
- We aim to improve our knowledge and understanding of the needs of our community
- We value and respect our volunteer staff and their ongoing well being
Community Information Services provide a free, confidential, impartial and independent service, and respect the clients’ rights to make their own decisions
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Receive clients at front counter
- Answer telephone enquiries
- To identify and assess clients’ needs utilising “helping interview” techniques and communication skills
- To ensure that clients with specific communication needs have access to language specific communication assistance, i.e., Telephone Interpreting Service; large print; verbal/graphic information for clients who cannot read
- Respect the client’s rights to: confidentiality, unconditional positive regard, self-determination and autonomy
- Provision of support:
- Provide support options such as emergency relief; material aid; practical support (e.g. drafting letters, filling out forms); advocacy etc. as consented to by the client
- Work within the ChelCSS ER Guidelines. Flexibility may be used in consultation with fellow duty workers.
- Work with other agencies to gain additional supports for clients
- Assist clients to identify their existing supports, such as family, friends and community links
- Provide a “listening ear”
- Refer clients to agencies that can provide additional assistance
- Ensure the high quality of all referrals.
- To provide accurate and up-to-date information to clients by clearly identifying their information needs and accessing:
- Agency brochures and pamphlets
- Web resources
- Agency resource books
- Fellow duty worker’s
- Centre manager
- Other agency workers and volunteers
- Follow established agency administration procedures
- To record confidential client information accurately and legibly
- To accurately record the distribution of material assistance
- To attend 80% of annual ChelCSS training sessions
- To attend external training as negotiated with the Manager, including self-identified training opportunities
- To comply with the policies and procedures of the agency
- To assist in the maintenance of a clean and tidy shared workspace
- To bring matters of concern directly to the attention of the Manager
- Selection Criteria:
- Be available for rostered shifts
- Be tolerant of difference and be able to relate to people from various socioeconomic levels and cultural backgrounds
- To have good self-management skills
- Possess literacy, writing skills and basic computer skills required by the role.
- To possess conflict management and resolution skills
- Be willing to develop new skills as required by the position
- To be prepared to participate in two-way feedback as an integral process within the team environment
- Successful completion of training and agency probation hours as approved by Community Information Victoria.
- The agency Manager
Hours of Duty and Conditions:
- A rostered shift per week or fortnight as negotiated with the Manager. The position is on a voluntary basis.
- All volunteers are required to participate in an annual appraisal process
- All volunteers are required to undertake a police check at the expense of the agency, or provide evidence of a current check
- As outlined in the ChelCSS Grievance Procedure
ChelCSS relies on volunteers to support the agency in meeting the needs of our clients. We at ChelCSS Support and train it’s volunteers in the ‘Community Support workers course – CHCCS004’ which is a recognised competency based training course. read more