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Eastern Volunteers Business Booster Breakfast at Club Ringwood

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Eastern Volunteers is a not-for-profit community based organisation, which provides transport services for eligible Home and Community Care recipients, as well as volunteer recruitment to provide pathways for people to participate in the wider community.

This morning Eastern Volunteers held its inaugural business booster breakfast, aimed to strengthen connections between the business and community sectors. The breakfast introduced Eastern Volunteers to businesses within the community and launched Friends of EV, a program which will provide ongoing partnerships between the organisation and businesses. I attended the breakfast and spoke about the work that Eastern Volunteers undertakes within the community, through encouraging new volunteers and providing mobility for people that are often isolated in their homes.

Eastern Volunteers, was formed in 1976 and is a medium sized not-for-profit organisation, with approximately 20 staff members and over 100 volunteers, covering the Cities of Whitehorse, Maroondah and the Shire of Yarra Ranges.

For further details please visit www.easternvolunteers.org.au.

Inaugural Eastern Volunteers Community Conference – Day One

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Eastern Volunteers has a vision of leading the way in community services, and this was demonstrated through the organisation’s inaugural community conference.

The two-day event, which was entitled Social Inclusion and Community Well-being in the World’s Most Liveable City, was designed to assist in capacity building for the not-for-profit and community sectors.

The conference included presentations from several not-for-profit organisations to discuss the challenges the sector is facing, as well as potential solutions.

The topics on the first day included the challenges facing volunteer recruitment, establishing community partnerships and the difference that is made through volunteering.

I facilitated the Volunteering – making a difference panel session, where the two speakers discussed the critical role of volunteers within their organisations. This also included a discussion around the challenges in developing good governance and ensuring the wellbeing of volunteers within a growing organisation.

I also provided technical support for the conference, including the online registration, which was designed to handle multiple registrants, as well as traditional payment methods such as cheque.

The afternoon sessions discussed the topics of supporting older people, as well as connecting with the community. This session included the construction of a community led playground in Montrose and involving migrant communities within volunteering.

The first day of the conference was well received with the participants looking forward to its continuation on the second day.