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Volunteering with Link Health and Community is an important and rewarding way for people to contribute to their community.  Volunteers are a valued addition to the Link Health and Community organisation, extending its range of cultures, skills and expertise.

To Become a Link Health and Community Volunteer you must be:

  • Aged between 18 and 80 years
  • Able to attend an interview and complete relevant application forms
  • Able to undergo a police check.
  • Where applicable supply a Working with Children check

As a Link Health and Community volunteer, you will be required to carry out work that you have agreed to do, both responsibly and ethically. Link Health and Community for its part will make every effort to consider your availability, commitments and interests.

Link Health and Community offers all volunteers the opportunity to attend training, and will provide guidance and support in your role.

Volunteers support and assist in a variety of areas:

  • Community Visitors Scheme– community volunteers visit selected residents in Government-funded Aged Care Facilities on a regular, one-to-one basis.

    The Community Visitors Scheme connects socially isolated residents of Commonwealth funded aged care facilities with Link Health and Community volunteers. Linking with volunteers aims to improve the resident’s quality of life through friendship and companionship.

    Commonwealth funded aged care facilities are located in and around the City of Monash.

    Requirements:

    • Attend an interview and undergo a police check to be registered as a volunteer.
    • Complete required documents.
    • Volunteers are required to visit a minimum of once a fortnight

    Benefits:

    • Flexibility – Volunteers can choose when to visit
    • Recognition – Knowing you have contributed to the resident's well-being
    • Support – All community visitors are supported by the Volunteer Coordinator
  • Administration– clerical duties such as word processing, updating resources, data entry, photocopying newsletters and mail-outs

    Administration volunteers assist the Volunteer Coordinator in a variety of clerical duties.

    Link Health and Community clinical and other staff request assistance with programs and projects on a regular basis. The Volunteer Coordinator recruits volunteers to assist with these requests.

    Administration volunteers are located across Link Health and Community sites as required.

    Requirements:

    • Attend an interview and undergo a police check
    • Volunteers are generally required to assist once a week for a minimum of four hours (times and days are negotiated)
    • Have the relevant skill set to meet the task

    Benefits:

    • Contribution – Sharing of knowledge
    • Upskilling – Learning new things
    • Recognition – Acknowledgement and appreciation for assisting in our programs and projects
    • Support – All administration volunteers are supported by the Volunteer Coordinator and/or staff and clinicians
  • Drivers– an integral part of Link Health and Community services providing client transport for appointments and programs

    Drivers of Link Health and Community buses or cars assist clients who would otherwise be unable to attend appointments and group programs.

    Link Health and Community's vehicle fleet is located across sites. 

    Requirements:

    • Current driver's licence
    • Attend an interview and undergo a police check
    • Complete a medical form
    • Be reliable and punctual
    • Patience and understanding
    • Good communication skills
    • Undergo training as requested
    • Attend quarterly driver meetings

    Benefits:

    • Contribution – Assisting community members
    • Recognition – Knowing you have contributed to the organisation’s delivery of services
    • Involvement – Being part of a vital team
    • Support – All drivers are supported by the Volunteer Coordinator and/or staff and clinicians
  • Health Program Assistants– assist clinicians and allied health staff to conduct hydrotherapy, strength and balance, Link Health and Community walkers and strength training groups.

    Health Program Assistants play an important role in assisting new and ongoing funded projects and programs.

    Projects and programs operate across Link Health and Community sites and at a variety of external venues in the City of Monash.

    Requirements:

    • Attend an interview and undergo a police check
    • Be reliable and punctual
    • Background and interest in community and health development
    • Have the relevant skill set to meet the task
    • Good communication skills
    • Undergo training as requested to support the program

    Benefits:

    • Contribution - Assisting community members
    • Recognition - Knowing you have contributed to the organisation’s delivery of services
    • Support - All health program assistants are supported by the Volunteer Coordinator and/or appointed staff and clinicians
  • Social and Well-being Program Assistants– such as the Planned Activity Group (PAG), self help groups, the Consumer Register and the MPets program

    Social and Well-being Program Assistants play an important role in assisting new and ongoing funded projects and programs.

    Projects and programs operate across Link Health and Community sites and at a variety of external venues in the City of Monash.

    Requirements:

    • Attend an interview and undergo a police check
    • Be reliable and punctual
    • Background and interest in community and health development
    • Have the relevant skill set to meet the task
    • Good communication skills
    • Undergo training as requested

    Benefits:

    • Contribution – Assisting community members
    • Recognition – Knowing you have contributed to the organisation’s delivery of services
    • Support – All social and well-being program assistants are supported by the Volunteer Coordinator and/or appointed staff and clinicians
  • The Consumer Register – a register of interested consumers who provide consultation and active participation in the development of Link Health and Community services and programs.

Volunteers make an extraordinary contribution to Australian society.  If you’d like to become a volunteer, no matter what your area of interest or motivation may be, please contact the Coordinator of Volunteers on 1300 552 509.

 

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