Take Charge and Volunteer

The Riverina’s own volunteer website has been officially launched, and is already linking young people from throughout the area with local organisations who need new volunteers.

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www.takecharge.org.au was officially launched on Friday, August 29, 2014, in a joint effort by Member for Wagga Wagga, Daryl Maguire MP and Member for Albury, Greg Aplin MP. The website is an initiative of Riverina Eastern Regional Organisation of Councils’ (REROC) YouthROC Building Regional Leadership Capacity Project, funded by NSW Youth Opportunities.

In launching the website, Mr Maguire explained the Take Charge project was the result of a need in REROC communities - the need to foster representation by young people in leadership positions, and the need to increase low numbers of young people participating in community activities through volunteering. Mr Aplin also outlined that www.takecharge.org.au was a mobile friendly website which matched the two sides of the volunteer relationship – the organisation and the volunteer – and helped foster a fruitful volunteering relationship which will reap rewards on both sides.

www.takecharge.org.au encourages organisations to register, listing the opportunities they have available for young volunteers. Young people can then search the database for their town, or region, or in the particular vocation they wish to volunteer with.

Once they find a volunteer opportunity they want to be involved with, they lodge their interest, and will be matched up with the relevant organisation. When this occurs, a commitment of a certain number of volunteer hours will be agreed to between the organisation and the volunteer, and as those hours are met, rewards will be offered to the volunteer as little way of saying thank you for their efforts.

The entire process will be facilitated by REROC, who will assist organisations to prepare and sign up for the project, as well helping out volunteers. The REROC support role will be ongoing for both organisations and volunteers.

The project aims to offer the Riverina youth volunteer a structured process which they can work through to complete volunteer hours and gain rewards in an industry for which they may have a particular interest, or may want to work in the future.

How do you get involved?

Take a look at www.takecharge.org.au, and either register your volunteer organisation, or sign up as a young volunteer, and get ready to Take Charge and Volunteer.

Further information about the project is available from REROC’s Regional Youth and Communities contact, Kate Hardy on khardy@reroc.com.au or 0408 825 972; or REROC Chief Executive Officer, Julie Briggs jbriggs@reroc.com.au or 6931 9050.