A Volunteer Story

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William registered with Volunteer in Knox in February 2018.

William is a 20 year old gentleman who was looking for a new challenge and interest in his life after completing studies. William has Muscular Dystrophy and relies on a wheelchair for mobility purposes. He was looking to join a sporting service as his passions are football and rugby.

After a little bit of behind the scenes work with Volunteer for Knox and Knox City Council sporting services Scoresby Football Club was contacted.

From there William and Scoresby Football Club have ventured on with an excellent outcome. William is involved with helping with ticket sales and drinks at break times and is a keen participant around the club. We are told that William's overall life happiness has increased and Scoresby's workload has decreased with William on board. He even got to meet footy legend Kevin Sheedy at a club lunch!

A win win for everyone involved.

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The Volunteer Resource Centre

Volunteer for Knox is jointly governed through a partnership between the five Knox Neighbourhood Houses – Coonara Community House, The Basin Community House, Rowville Neighbourhood Learning Centre, Mountain District Learning Centre and Orana Neighbourhood House. The Volunteer Resource Centre is funded by Knox City Council and its purpose is to increase volunteering opportunities for organisations and individuals in Knox. Volunteer for Knox will plan, implement and evaluate high quality services that result in public recognition of the value of volunteering for Knox.

Please note that Volunteer for Knox is unable to assist job seekers required to do community service hours in order to receive unemployment benefits. Jobseekers can either approach an organization directly or seek the assistance of one of the government funded employment services.

What is volunteering?

Volunteering is an activity that takes place within a not-for-profit organisation, community group or project. Volunteering offers an opportunity to share skills you may already have or gain new ones in a fun and supportive environment.

Why volunteer?

One of the better-known benefits of volunteering is the impact on the community. Unpaid volunteers are often the glue that holds a community together. Volunteering allows you to connect to your community and make it a better place. However, volunteering is a two-way street, and it can benefit you and your family as much as the cause you choose to help. Dedicating your time as a volunteer helps you make new friends, expand your network, gain work skills and boost your social skills.

How can we help?

Volunteer for Knox can help you:

  • Find a volunteer position
  • Provide ongoing support and training
  • Find people to volunteer at your community organisation
  • Improve how you manage volunteers in your organisation
  • Understand your legal and regulatory responsibilities

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