Volunteer for Knox (V4K) is the Official Volunteer Resource Centre for the City of Knox operated collaboratively by the five Neighbourhood Houses in Knox with under tender from the City of Knox. Co-ordinators Sally Dusting-Laird and Janet Myers-Creed report that 2015 was a very busy year for V4K. June saw the departure of Christine Ward who had guided the resource centre through its first full 12 months.
8 induction sessions
117 volunteers on database
58 volunteers recruited and placed
65 registered organisations
Operations have been streamlined and improved with the use of a new database and increased use of Google forms, mailchimp and social media.
V4K has worked with Share the Joy and Westfield Knox Christmas Wrapping appeal for donations to SCOPE. Sally attended the monthly meetings of the Share the Joy committee to help coordinate the volunteer placements. 21 volunteers were placed with Westfield Knox and 10 with Share the Joy appeal working a number of shifts over this December period.
V4K began working in partnership with the Office of Public Advocate to recruit volunteers for Independent Third Party Meetings and Community Visitors.
An afternoon tea meeting was held in October with registered organisations for clarification of volunteer responsibilities and a new position description was discussed and distributed for volunteer role clarification.
Newsletters have been sent to volunteers and organisations in relation to current topics and recognition and thanks for volunteer contributions.
Volunteer for Knox had a stall at the Stringybark festival and Sally attended the Community Space as Westfield Knox City weekly to promote Volunteer for Knox and the Knox Learning Alliance. Sally has also been involved with
presentations at Employease and APM disability services.