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Community Work Supervisor

Organisation:

Volunteer South

Category:

Social Support

Hours:

Both/Flexible

Locations:

Alexandra

Volunteer South promotes, supports and strengthens volunteering, creating stronger more connected communities. We believe everyone has something to offer somewhere regardless of their background, experience and circumstance. We strive to ensure those engaging with community organisations are able to do in a meaningful and rewarding way whilst recognising the impact they are having on the organisation and wider community.

Department of Corrections and Volunteer South - Central Lakes are looking for Community Work Supervisor Volunteers. This would be an ideal role for volunteers who are community minded and keen to see local groups reach their potential through utilising the support of the department of corrections. This role will maximise the value of this community work to both the community worker and the host organisations.

The Department of Corrections manages people on community work to undertake community work and matches community workers with community groups that have appropriate projects. A member of that group is currently required to supervise the work party and the groups must provide the tools required for the job. This requires coordination and a commitment of time and resource by the group members and can be a barrier to hosting community workers.

An opportunity has been identified to maximise the value of this community work to both the community worker and the host organisations. The Department of Corrections and Volunteer South – Central Lakes are forming a partnership whereby:

  • a wider pool of host organisations are identified who can host community workers undertaking community work with support from Volunteer South (VS)
  • host organisations will liaise with VS who can support them with role descriptions, health and safety plans etc.
  • host organisations will channel their jobs through VS, who will then coordinate connections with the tools, labour via the Department of Corrections
  • volunteer supervisors will be recruited by VS and trained by Department of Corrections to remove the need for hosts to provide supervision and to oversea the work.
  • tools will be made available to enable those organisations keen to take part but are not able to do so due to the lack of resources

Through this partnership we aim to:

  • Remove difficulties from host organisations that struggle to meet the Department of Corrections requirements e.g. health and safety toolbox briefings, developing work plans, supervisors, and tools.
  • Enable community groups to meet their own aims and objectives by engaging with the community work service on a project by project basis, achieving more in a manageable time frame.
  • Provide a meaningful and rewarding role for volunteers through the supervisory role.
  • Provide consistency and stability to both the organisation and community workers by having one key contact and supervisor who can develop and appropriate relationship with both parties.
  • Highlight the impact the community workers' work has on themselves, the organisations they are supporting and the wider community.
  • Improve the outcomes for community workers by providing continuity and stability while at the same time broadening the range of work/projects available and therefore variety of tasks.
  • Community workers develop longer term relationships and mentoring opportunities beyond just ticking off that hours have been achieved.

Volunteers are sought to supervise community workers and support organisations that need additional people power.

We expect volunteers to enjoy their role and gain satisfaction from enabling community groups to receive additional support and get tasks completed. Those involved in community work previously have said:

"Overall, it was an enjoyable and very worthwhile experience – for both supervisors and workers – and we made a huge difference to the area that we worked in."

"As Supervisors, we worked alongside the group and got stuck into the difficult stuff just as hard as we expected them to. I think this led to mutual respect amongst us all, and the result of that was a good rapport within the group where we were able to exchange a bit of banter and good natured ribbing of each other as we worked."

"Together, we made a difference to the Bike trail. I was proud of what we had achieved, and I
know they were too."

Requirements

We are looking for volunteers who are community minded and keen to see local groups reach their potential through utilising the support of the department of corrections. Volunteers should be:

  • non judgmental
  • open minded
  • reliable and well organised
  • happy to communicate with people from a wide range of backgrounds
  • patient and supportive
  • although not essential it would be useful if you are practical and happy to lend a hand on physical projects
  • respectful of confidentiality

A Police background check is required for this role.

Time commitment

Community Workers can be required to do between 40 and 400 hours of community work. While completing these hours, they will normally be able to continue with their regular jobs so community work is usually carried out on a Saturday but this is not always the case.

Most sessions last between 4-6 hours once a week.

We are seeking volunteers who interested and reasonably flexible but if you are keen and restricted in when you are available please do get in touch still as we're keen to talk to you!

Getting started

The first step is to express your interest by filling out the form below. We will then put you in touch directly with the organisation for more information on the role and how to proceed.

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