On Monday 27 February, 15 volunteers from South West Community Care (SWCC), a not-for-profit home and community care organisation, undertook specialised non-accredited training at the SWCC Eaton Day Centre.
Delivered by award winning, community services and training specialists, Corporate First Aid Australia, the Volunteer Skills Set was funded by the Australian Government Volunteers Grants (2015).
Designed to assist community organisations, the Volunteer Grants, (between $1,000 and $5,000) are targeted to purchase much-needed equipment such as computers, contribute to volunteers’ training, or to use in the support of fundraising efforts.
South West Community Care’s volunteers underwent training to enhance the invaluable contribution that volunteers make to the delivery of home and community care services for the aged and people with disabilities in the Shires of Capel, Dardanup and Harvey.
According to the 2014 Institute of Project Management report, commissioned by Volunteering WA, volunteerism provides the equivalent of $39.0 billion to the economic, social and cultural value to Western Australia. Four out of five, WA residents in 2014, volunteered in either in a formal or informal capacity, and for every $1.00 invested in volunteering, $4.50 is returned to the community.
The Volunteer Skill Set developed and delivered by Corporate First Aid Australia’s Training Manager, Dianne Needham includes manual handling, safe transportation techniques, cultural awareness and dealing with client behaviours of concern.
The personal-centred empowerment model designed to promote independence and well-being framed the topics of discussion. The Volunteer Skill Set training includes emergency procedures for non-critical incidents, such as minor vehicle collision, safe mobilization techniques, (chairs and from vehicles) and the loading and unloading of wheelchairs and walkers from vehicles.
Participants embraced the opportunity to share their volunteering experience and knowledge and created new social connections with other volunteers.
South West Community Care volunteers from the Harvey area will be attending the Volunteer Skill Set training delivered by Corporate First Aid, on the 13th March 2017 at the Eden Grove Community Precinct, in Harvey.
Other organisations interested in the supporting their volunteers with specialised Volunteer Skill Set training are encouraged to contact Corporate First Aid Australia on 1300 177 337.