Calling all volunteers

By Tate Papworth

Volunteer West is looking to bolster volunteer numbers across Brimbank and Melton.

The community organisation, which supports volunteering in the west, is offering a free training and mentoring program for 24 small, not-for-profit organisations.

Volunteer West project worker Phuong MacCallum-Le said the first round of students have graduated and after a successful run, the organisation is looking to expand the offering to Brimbank and Melton.

“The first group of 12 organisations from Moonee Valley, Maribyrnong and Hobsons Bay finished the training recently and they all were excited and appreciative,” she said.

“These organisations are from various fields including migrants, recycling, gardening, aged care, sport, education, animal and religion.

“The second group of training will start by the end of March and there are still available spots for organisations in Brimbank and Melton.”

Ms MacCallum-Le said that upon completion of the training, organisations should be able to attract more volunteers, provide better supervision and support to volunteers and also provide a more fulfilling experience for volunteers.