Volunteering contributes to a sense of wellbeing and contentment
We have more than 80 volunteers who assist with many programs and activities including youth mentoring, Tai Chi, strength training, Board members, administration and transport just to name a few. We are a strong advocate of volunteering as a worthy and meaningful activity which promotes a sense of fulfilment and connection with community. We regard our volunteers as a valuable part of our team in helping us achieve our vision of facilitating better health in the Mount Alexander Shire community.
“I have also found CDCH a really good place to volunteer for ” – Tai Chi volunteer.
We aim to create meaningful roles for our volunteers and we have the procedures and policies in place to ensure your safety and wellbeing. Some ways that we ensure that the volunteer roles we have are meaningful and beneficial for the volunteer and the organisation include:
- Clearly defined volunteer role descriptions
- Provide Initial training to prepare new volunteers for their role. We also have ongoing training and upskilling opportunities for volunteers throughout their time with CDCH
- Ongoing supervision with a staff ‘mentor’
- Appropriate insurance coverage and processes in place for volunteer health and safety
- An environment which is culturally safe for everyone
“Helping others really makes me happy” – L2P Volunteer
We have a range of volunteer roles, some of which are ongoing and some for a certain program or event. Search below to find out more about some of our ongoing volunteer roles.
We are always looking for new volunteers. If you would like to become a volunteer , complete the express your interest form at the bottom of this page. Alternatively, you could call us on (03) 5479 1000 for more information.
CDCH promotes children’s safety and wellbeing, and commits to protecting children from abuse. As an employer of staff and volunteers, we value diversity and respect all people including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; lesbian, gay bisexual, transgender and intersex people; people with a disability and culturally and linguistically diverse people.
Companion Walking Program
CHIRP Community Health’s Companion Walking Program promotes companionship and some gentle walking in the local community. Interested participants are allocated a volunteer, and a mutually suitable time is made to meet and walk regularly in a public area such as the Castlemaine Botanical Gardens.
As a Companion Walking volunteer, you would be available to walk with an allocated Mount Alexander Shire community member. A friendly chat while walking is an essential component of this role as participants of this program may be socially isolated or experiencing life challenges.
If you are interested in becoming a Companion Walking volunteer, please call us on (03) 5479 1000.
Community Friends – Social Support Volunteers
Feeling socially connected is fundamental to our sense of well-being. Through our Community Friends Program we aim to connect adults with other adult volunteers in the local community.
As a Community Friend Volunteer you would be a friendly companion to another person in the community who may be socially isolated or experiencing life challenges, helping them feel connected to and supported by their community.
You may help the person make positive changes in their lives or simply be there for a coffee and a chat.
If you are interested in becoming a Community Friend volunteer, please call us on (03) 5479 1000.
Please note that all of our volunteers must undergo comprehensive screening checks including a police check and a Victorian Working with Children Check prior to commencing volunteering with us.
Enquire about becoming a Companion Walking or Social Support Volunteer