As part of the Queensland Government’s COVID-19 recovery plan, Volunteering Queensland is delivering a new program to help unite and recover communities.
The Unite and Recover: Neighbourhood and Care Army Connect Workers Initiative has placed 15 dedicated connect workers in 15 neighbourhood and community centres across the state, including in the Bundaberg Region.
Volunteering Queensland CEO, Mara Basanovic said having an advocate that was local to the region and dedicated to the connection of Care Army volunteers and volunteer-involving organisations would be ground-breaking for the sector.
“The connect workers are set to identify volunteering opportunities in their community and connect volunteer-involving organisations and Care Army volunteers,” she said.
“They will also support organisations in building their capacity to utilise Care Army volunteers.
“These volunteers will assist in delivery of support services to vulnerable members of their community affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and assist in strengthening areas of community need.
“Real people, talking to real people about their needs, which are unique to the region, strongly illustrates what volunteering is all about.”
In facilitating this, the initiative will:
- increase accessibility of services for communities of high need.
- effectively support volunteer-involving organisations with the recruitment, management, and retention of volunteers.
- place Care Army volunteers with organisations requiring assistance to deliver essential services.
- reduce social isolation experienced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and
- present substantial volunteer opportunities across Queensland thus improving volunteering rates.
“Volunteering Queensland is honoured to deliver the initiative on behalf of the Queensland Government by supporting Connect Workers across Queensland to build strong relationships between volunteers and volunteer involving organisations,” Mara said.
Volunteering Queensland invites all members of the Queensland community to get involved with and all volunteer involving organisations in participating regions are encouraged to contact the local Connect Worker for assistance.
For up-to-date information about the program, including Connect Worker contact details visit https://volunteeringqld.org.au/volunteers/ncc