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Keeping you up to date on volunteering in Whittlesea.
Issue # 2
February - April 2017
 
A Word From Our Volunteer Resource Worker

Welcome to the second edition of our volunteer newsletter aiming to inform you about volunteering in Whittlesea. The Volunteer Resource Service supports you in your volunteer endeavors.

Hope 2017 brings you everything you wish for.  This year we are working towards bringing a Volunteer Expo to Whittlesea in May so stay tuned for further info.  New services are emerging in Whittlesea which means new exciting volunteer roles for the area so read on to hear more. 

Michelle Newton

We welcome your feedback and if there is something you would like to see in future editions of the newsletter please contact Michelle on 9401 6666.
Volunteer Spotlight
 
In 2014, Vicki Selvaggio started volunteering as a Reception Desk Officer with Whittlesea Community Connections (WCC) where she soon became an Emergency Relief Assessor.

“I have found all the volunteer positions I have had very rewarding emotionally, knowing that I’m making a difference in a person’s life. Being able to assist people is very empowering and humbling at the same time” said Vicki.
Vicki volunteered in the Emergency Relief Assessor position for two years where she interviewed and assessed people who turn to the organisation for assistance and referred those who need further assistance to other services.  In 2017, Vicki will bring her vibrant energy to fundraising activities for WCC.

Vicki adds, “Nothing is more rewarding than Volunteering. You empower people, to empower themselves and change their lives”
60 Minutes
 
Just 60 minutes of your time can help us make an impact in the community!
How you can help in just one hour?
  • Be a mentor for a young person
  • Help a young person with their homework
  • Look after children
If you want to make a difference in the world, start with the world around you!

Call WCC, on 9401 6666 - today!
 
New Volunteer Roles

Youth Mentor - TRY Mentoring
TRY mentoring supports disadvantaged young people in the Melbourne community by providing young people with a volunteer mentor.  There are many young people in our community who don’t have a positive family environment, live in chaotic and dysfunctional homes, and sometimes don’t – or can’t - see beyond their circumstances. Many of these young people are referred to TRY's mentoring programs, and they engage them in either a one-to-one or group mentoring program. The volunteer mentors generally spend 1 to 3 hours each week, for a 12 month period, with their young person. This alone makes a huge difference in the lives of young people that need extra adult support. Having a mentor can help them have better relationships with their family, encourage them to connect with their peers, and increase their self-esteem and confidence, diverting them away from the juvenile justice system and making the wrong choices in life.

If you would like to be a volunteer mentor and find out more attend the following information session:
Date: Wednesday 8th February
Time: 7pm
Venue: Creeds Farm, 2 Snugburgh Way, Epping North
Supper provided.
Registration URL: https://www.trybooking.com/OFKP
Further info:
phone 8545 9504


Hand & Foot Masseur - Motor Neurone Disease Victoria
If you are a person who is good with their hands and enjoys helping others, why not consider providing Gentle Hand and Foot Massage to a person living with motor neurone disease? 
Volunteers visit clients in their place of residence to provide gentle and relaxing hand and foot massage.  Previous experience is not required as training is provided.

For further information please call Leanne on 9830 2122 or Freecall: 1800 806 632

Whittlesea Secondary College Youth Mentor - RAISE 
It takes a village to raise a child. At Raise Foundation young people are at the heart of our village and, through best practice mentoring, they are committed to making an impact on those young people who are at risk of disengaging. The youth mentors within their village are committed volunteers who get equipped to help young people develop resilience and coping strategies, build trusting relationships, increase confidence and achieve their goals, however big or small they might be.
Would you like to help the young people in your local community? Raise Foundation is looking for 1,000 new volunteer mentors to join their village in 2017. Volunteer mentors don’t need to be teachers or experts to be a mentor, you just need to be a good listener and able to act as a sounding board for a young person’s ideas and aspirations. An older person’s skills and life experiences can make a real difference to a young person in the local community, and it only takes a couple of hours a week, a positive outlook and a genuinely compassionate interest in young people.
To find out more call 0426 972 473 or email: mentor@raise.org.au. 
Volunteer Training
 
Gambling Harm Workshop
Learn about the negative financial and social impacts of gambling in the City of Whittlesea.
Topics covered will include:
  • National, state and local gambling losses
  • Latest research on who experiences harm from gambling
  • What kinds of harm do people experience?
  • What's being done to prevent harm from gambling in our community?
Date:   Wednesday 1st February
Time:  10-11am
Venue: Epping Services Hub, 713 High St, Epping
FREE - please RSVP to Michelle on 9401 6666
Identifying and Responding to Family Violence
This if for volunteers who may be in contact with women and children who are victims of family violence.  Katriece who has extensive experience in this area will deliver this workshop aimed at increasing your knowledge and confidence in the area of family violence.

Date: Wednesday 29th March 
Time: 9.30 am - 12.30 pm
Venue: Whittlesea Community Connections
FREE - please RSVP to Michelle on 9401 6666.
Save the Date
 
International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.  The theme for this year is Be Bold For Change (www.internationalwomensday.com).  

Whittlesea Community Connections are organising an event on Friday 10th March.
For further information please contact Deepty on 9401 6666.

 
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