Stay in touch with Orana Spring 2021
What is happening at Volunteerability?
Since Volunteerability’s launch in February this year, Volunteerability has heard from more than 30 eager people who want to get involved in volunteering. They have been busy recruiting buddies to support people with disability wishing to volunteer, which has been a little tricky during COVID-19 times. However, seven “volunteer and buddy” matches have been made, and they all are enjoying their roles as volunteers. Volunteerability aims to share some of these individual stories within the upcoming editions of Oranability. Keep your eyes peeled!
Volunteerability has had 154 people attend 14 Disability Awareness Sessions since April 2021 in various locations in Adelaide with great feedback such as:
“Excellent workshop. Very informative, great content. Thank you both. Very organised”.
“Excellent training session with balance of theory, experience and sharing interaction”.
These FREE sessions are suitable for any volunteer or community member who would like support to gain confidence, skills and knowledge to increase inclusion for people with disability in various community settings, but especially in volunteering.
Volunteerability’s next Disability Awareness training session will be held at Woodcroft Community Centre on Wednesday 13th October 2021, from 10:30 am – 1:00 pm.
To register please visit: https://events.humanitix.com/disability-awareness-session-south
For more information or to see when future Disability Awareness training session will be held, please visit Volunteerability’s website here
James White, Co-Facilitator of Disability Awareness training sessions for Volunteerability
A big warm welcome to Volunteerability’s new Co-facilitator, James, who started delivering Disability Awareness training sessions in August 2021.
James was previously an Ambassador for Down Syndrome SA, the MC at Volunteerability’s Launch and Orana’s 2019 Gala Ball ‘An Evening Under the Stars’. James is currently a volunteer for Club Slick, Community Helpers, Recycling depot and a barman for fundraising events. James also works at a local hardware store. James likes learning to get better in his work and volunteering roles and aims to ensure people are happy with his work.
James said, “working and volunteering enables me to get to know lots of people and to help them out. It also helps me earn a living so I can leave the family home and live independently”.
James has brought his energy, humour, and unique perspective to the Volunteerability team to help community members understand that people with disability have skills, knowledge and not underestimate them.
Volunteerability is heading to the country!
Volunteerability has been growing in the Adelaide suburbs. Now it is time to roll out more Disability Awareness training sessions to the regional areas to support people with disability to volunteer and provide professional development for Volunteer Managers.
Volunteerability is currently communicating with relevant people in Regional South Australia to begin planning and hope to take a road trip later in 2021.
The Volunteerability team is looking forward to meeting, sharing and collaborating with people in the Barossa, Fleurieu, Port Augusta, Port Pirie, Riverland and Whyalla areas.
If you live in these regional areas and would like to connect with Volunteerability, please give Rachel Yorston, Volunteerability Project Manager, a call on 8375 2080 or email [email protected].
Volunteerability would love to hear from you!
Spreading the word
Volunteerability, along with partners Orana Australia Limited, Volunteering SA&NT, Southern Volunteering and Northern Volunteering, continue to spread the message about inclusion in volunteering.
Volunteerability Project Coordinator, Joni, has been very busy connecting with many organisations that engage with volunteers.
Since the program began, Joni has supported and trained over 182 people from 111 different organisations. Many organisations have felt the effects of COVID-19 on programs and volunteer numbers. Fortunately, many are embracing the concept of internal buddies. Joni is supporting self-nominated volunteers from larger organisations to learn more about people with disability and how they can be supported to contribute their skills and time as volunteers.