Interested in volunteering? Drop in to the Volunteer Information Hub!

Published on 25 July 2019

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25 July 2019

Mornington Peninsula Shire is working with the Mornington Community Information and Support Centre to provide a volunteering information hub in Mornington, following a successful trial last year.

Last year, volunteer information hubs were trialled at Mornington and Hastings, to provide an opportunity for community members to access volunteering information in a face-to-face setting.

The permanent hub will provide a central location where Peninsula residents can drop in and chat with volunteers about roles that would suit them in the community.

The Mornington Community Information and Support Centre currently provides community support and information and the new volunteering hub will help link volunteers to programs or organisations in their local area.

Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Councillor David Gill said that the Mornington Peninsula community benefited from the many contributions made by volunteers, and it was exciting to see the trial develop into a permanent offering.

“Our community benefits from the work of volunteers every day, and the new information hub at Mornington will provide another way for people to find out how they can get involved in volunteering,” Councillor Gill said.

“It’s exciting to see last year’s trial develop into a permanent collaboration with the Mornington Community Information and Support Centre to continue encouraging volunteering in our community,” he said.

People actively volunteer in many informal ways such as 'helping out' or 'taking part' in their community. Formal volunteering is essentially about giving your time, skills and experience to a service provided by a not-for-profit organisation on an agreed basis. We have over 25,000 volunteers offering their time and energy in these ways.

There are many ways people can volunteer in their local community including:

Organising the activities of clubs and interests groups
Supporting social and environmental causes
Helping neighbours, parishes and schools
Delivering meals to others
Working on Committees of Management or Advisory Groups
Hosting community meals and festivities
Helping provide services for people experiencing disadvantage

Volunteering can benefit the individual in many ways, including:

Using existing skills and being part of a team
Developing or practicing new skills
Access to training, including nationally recognised certificates
Meeting new people, making new friends and a new social network
A route to employment – gaining workplace skills and experience
Recognition for doing valuable work in the local community
Improving overall health, wellbeing and happiness
The hub will be open from 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday at 320 Main Street, Mornington.

Current volunteering opportunities are also available on volmornpen.com.au.