Take Charge and Volunteer

Promoting volunteering to young people and assisting the longevity of so many Riverina volunteer organisations is the aim of Riverina Eastern Regional Organisations of Council’s (REROC) new Take Charge and Volunteer project, in conjunction with Greater Hume Council. The ongoing battle to attract and retain young volunteers is not new, but by partnering with Riverina organisations and together, developing innovative ideas, REROC hopes to connect young people with the groups who need them the most.

 A youth survey carried out in conjunction with REROC’s Take Charge Riverina Youth Leadership Forum 2013 revealed a large percentage of the 120 students at the forum not only thought volunteering was important in their home town, but that most of them really wanted to become volunteers.

 The Take Charge and Volunteer project will assist on both sides of the volunteer relationship – with both the organisation and the volunteer.

 The www.takecharge.org.au website is looking for Riverina organisations ready to embrace the challenge of this new project, sign up, and list their volunteering opportunities, which young volunteers can search for via their industry of interest or where they live. When the volunteer finds something they are interested in, they can register their interest and a volunteering relationship will be formed with the organisation.

If organisations prefer, a simple training session can be held in your Local Government Area where a member of your organisation can be guided through preparing for accepting and working with young volunteers, and how to best use www.takecharge.org.au. The project will also look at rewarding young volunteers for their efforts.

 Any organisation wishing to be involved in the project, or wanting to attend a training session, can contact Greater Hume Council’s Library and Youth Services Development Officer Susan Kane on 0417 212 069 or email skane@greaterhume.nsw.gov.au.

Further information is also available from REROC’s Regional Youth and Communities contact, Kylie Dunstan on kdunstan@reroc.com.au or 0437 863 426; or REROC Executive Officer, Julie Briggs jbriggs@reroc.com.au or 6931 9050.

The project has been funded by the New South Wales Government through Youth Opportunities.

For instructions on how to login to the Take Charge website click here.