How does volunteering work if we come into your centre?
When you visit Volunteer South West (VSW), we will have a chat with you about what type of volunteer role you are interested in and what will suit both your needs and the organisations needs. We have many volunteering jobs available, and you can take the time to have a look through the job descriptions for each to find one that interests you. Alternatively you can search for local volunteering positions with a postcode search, prior to visiting our office.
When you visit with VSW our friendly staff will also explain the responsibilities of volunteering and let you know if the position you are interested in will require a Police or Working With Children Check. Once you have chosen a volunteering role, we can refer you to meet with the organisation volunteer coordinator for an interview for the position.
What happens if I hurt myself?One of the benefits of registering as a volunteer with Volunteer South West is that all of the organisations we refer people to for volunteering have volunteer insurance. This means, as a registered volunteer you will be covered while undertaking your volunteering work, by the organisation you are working for.
What if I don’t like it?If you take on a volunteering role and decide you do not really like the position, or it’s not what you thought it would be- please speak to the Volunteer Coordinator of that organisation and let them know. If you need assistance with this, please come in and see us, or give us a call and we can give you some direction in how to do this.
I am travelling soon and though volunteering would be a great way to make contacts in some of the places I am visiting. Can you help me find volunteering roles while I am on the road?We sure can! VSW can link you with one of 23 Volunteer Resource Centres in the state, or many across Australia.
There are volunteering programs to assist people like yourself who are travelling and interested in volunteering at their destinations. The Visiting Volunteers program run through Volunteering WA is a great place to start. There are also opportunities for volunteering the Golden Guru’s program. Volunteer South West can support you with your volunteering plans. We also have some great alternatives to a standard holiday for those interested!
What sort of time commitment do I have to make if I volunteer?As a volunteer it is expected you will be committed to the role you undertake and the times agreed upon- the same as you would be committed to a paid working role.
Volunteer roles have many different commitment styles- so let us know your availability and needs when you are looking for a position, and we can help you find something that fits your lifestyle.
If you are planning time away ie. a holiday- please let your volunteer coordinator know, so they can accommodate for you being away for a while.