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Volunteer Mentor - Inclusive Volunteering Program

  • Location: City ACT
  • Commitment: Regular - more than 6 months
  • Category: Mentoring & Advocacy
  • Time Required

    As an IVP Volunteer Mentor you may be accompanying participants as they participate in regular volunteering duties, most commonly these duties are scheduled on a weekly basis. This might be for a couple of hours, a half day or a full day per week. We do request that you commit to the regular time slot as routine is key for many of our participants.

  • Suitable for
    • Skilled Volunteers
  • Type of work
    • Companionship & Social Support
    • Counselling & Help Line
    • Disability Support
    • Tutoring & Coaching
  • Training

    Training is provided and will need to be completed prios to commencing as a volunteer

  • Requirements
    • Working with Children Check *

    Attributes and Requirements:
    • Must be over the age of 18
    • Excellent communication skills including active listening
    • Have a non-judgmental and understanding attitude
    • Be dependable, reliable and punctual
    • Treat people with respect, care and dignity
    • Be sensitive to the needs and rights of every individual
    • The ability to work within the guidelines and legislation appropriate to the position,
    e.g. Privacy Act and Work Health and Safety
    • Have your own transport, or be confident and able to access public transport
    • Hold or be willing to obtain a current Working with Vulnerable People Card

    Training Requirements:
    There is no degree or qualification required, however, as an IVP Volunteer Mentor you will be required to complete the initial training sessions prior to being matched with participants. You are also expected to attend and engage in ongoing training opportunities. Ongoing training sessions may include subjects such as – supported decision making, mental health first aid etc.


    Time Commitments:
    Regular Time Commitment:
    As an IVP Volunteer Mentor you may be accompanying participants as they participate in regular volunteering duties, most commonly these duties are scheduled on a weekly basis, Monday - Friday between 9am and 5pm. This might be for a couple of hours, a half day or a full day per week. We do request that you commit to the regular time slot as routine is key for many of our participants.
    Length of Commitment:
    We request a minimum commitment of 6 months as an IVP Mentor, and we hope to work with our volunteer mentors in a long-term capacity.

    * May be arranged via the Organisation. Details to be provided on expression of interest.

Our Volunteer Mentors are matched with a participant who is experiencing barriers to volunteering.

Barriers may include people living with a disability, people living with a mental health condition who are on a recovery journey, or refuges and migrants.

You will be in a unique position to provide one-to-one encouragement to a participant, as they begin their volunteering journey and work towards achieving their goals. It’s a rewarding role to assist another person as they reconnect with the community through volunteering.

Please note that volunteering with the Inclusive Volunteering Program occurs Monday - Friday during business hours.

Volunteer Mentor Process

  1. Meet with coordinator

  2. Attend information sessions

  3. Complete Mentor training and Volunteer Induction
    
  4. Wait to be matched with a participant (please be aware that matching is not always immediate as time and care needs to be taken in making successful matches)

  5. Meet with participant and coordinator

  6. Review match

  7. Accompany participant to regular volunteer placement and provide encouragement as they engage in volunteering

  8. Report progress to coordinator

  9. Report any incidents or concerns by following program procedures and within the timeframes stated in the procedures. (Training in program procedures will form part of the compulsory training session)

Support Provided: In addition to ongoing training, IVP coordinators will check in with Volunteer Mentors within a week of their first volunteer support day, and continuing checks ins will be scheduled. Check in’s can occur face to face, or over the phone, depending on convenience. Volunteering and Contact ACT volunteers also have access to counselling through VCA’s EAP services.


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