I am a footwear engineer and supply chain analyst by profession, and I arrived in Australia in early February 2020. I moved to Bathurst, and I could not find many opportunities relevant to my skill set, so I decided to volunteer in administration and applied for a role at The Neighbourhood Centre. After six months of volunteering, I managed to land a job as the “store manager” and “administration staff” in Orange. My volunteer role with The Neighbourhood Centre has certainly provided me with firsthand experience of an Australian workplace and helped me land my current position.
The programme (Volunteer Engagement & Management Program) has been very helpful with advice about policies and procedures, advice about specific volunteer problems such as bullying in the workplace and WWC. It is very useful to have someone to talk to about these issues and know that you will get a sensible, relevant answer.
We are sad to say good bye to Nadene, as she has been a hard working volunteer and smiling face on our front desk. She says “The staff at the Centre were very warm and welcoming without judgement, they understood where I was emotionally, and were very patient and supportive ……. I have been doing 2-3 shifts per week at the Centre, and now have been successful in obtaining full-time work. My experience with the Neighbourhood Centre has been positive and confidence building. Thank you so very much.” Everyone at the Neighbourhood Centre wishes you all the very best into the future!
Nadine (left) with TNC Service Manager Therese Short
VEMP provided skilled volunteers to fill a variety of (volunteer) office and field work roles to our Cancer Council office
They have managed to recruit us quite a few volunteers for our organisation which have turned out to be excellent and extremely beneficial for our team.
Leonie successfully gained her Provisional licence nearly two years ago.
“Once I gained my licence I was able to get employment. The LD Program gave me more confidence and independence, and to get a job. I am able to do more things, having a licence is definitely life changing.I have even been able to now buy myself a better car and give my daughter my old car because I have now had this job for 12 months. The Program really helped me, a really valuable Program.The instructors and TNC staff were really helpful.”
What are the best things about the Volunteer Engagement & Management Program?
Willingness to be supportive. Open minded and creative ideas in attempting to engage people.
Patima first contacted the Neighbourhood Centre in September this year. She had arrived on a partner visa from Thailand and had been in Australia for three years. After her marriage breakdown and financial and emotional challenges, through the use of interpreters Jackie has advocated and supported her through these times. Patima was worried she would not be able to …live in Australia on her own as she had been isolated in her marriage.
Through help with her tutor at TAFE, Jackie the migrant support worker at The Neighbourhood Centre, Elizabeth Evatt Community Legal Aid, and friends she realises she is not alone.
Patima has now successfully gained Permanent Residency!!
Patima (left) with TNC Migrant Support Worker Jackie