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Volunteers

How to Set Up Volunteer


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VOLUNTEERS - HOW TO SET UP VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS IN HEALTH SERVICES
DAY ONE: THURSDAY
February 4, 2010 Melbourne

THE FACILITATOR OF THE 12.30pm LUNCH AND NETWORKING


FIRST TWO SESSIONS IS
Anne Franzi-Ford, J.P. THE FACILITATOR FOR THE
Manager of the Volunteer Service at Peter MacCallum Cancer NEXT TWO SESSIONS IS
Centre. Volunteers with this health care facility work not only with
inpatients but also in outpatients and satellite services operated
Dianne Embry
under the ‘Peter Mac’ umbrella. Anne is responsible for 200 Chief Executive Officer of Volunteering Victoria. She has over 25
years of experience in the not-for-profit sector, particularly in the
volunteers within Peter Mac and about 1500 externally. Prior to areas of health, youth and the homeless. Volunteering Victoria
taking up this position 2 years ago, Anne was the Co-ordinator of aims to strengthen communities in Victoria through support and
Volunteer Services at St Vincent’s Health. She was one of the promotion of sustainable and equitable volunteering.
authors of the National Health &Medical Research Council Manual
published in 2003 “Working with Volunteers and Managing Volun-
teers in Health Care Settings”. Her considerable knowledge and 1.30pm LEGAL AND ETHICAL
experience in the field of volunteer management includes an
award in 2005 for “Excellence in Cultural Diversity – Increasing CONSIDERATIONS
Cultural Diversity in the Voluntary Sector: Analysis of legal risks and implications when engaging volunteers to work
Inclusive Training Category”. in an organization.
• What insurance is needed and which employment laws apply to volunteers?
• Is there a ‘Code of Conduct’ for volunteers?
8.30am REGISTRATION AND REFRESHMENTS
2.30pm ADMINISTRATION, OFFICE
9.00am INVIGORATING SERVICES THROUGH THE PROCEDURES AND BUDGET ISSUES
COMPLEMENTARY USE OF VOLUNTEERS
Guidelines for facilitating the efficient and smooth implementation
• What are the characteristics of an effective volunteer program and and maintenance of a new volunteer program.
why do you need it?
• How does the community view volunteers?
• Direct and indirect volunteer roles. Examples of work activities in
health settings where volunteers are directly involved with patients/
clients/residents and examples of non-patient-directed activities. 3.00pm AFTERNOON TEA
• Volunteers self-select to apply to work without pay - what are they
looking for? AND COFFEE
• How to sustain and develop their initial motivating energies.

3.30pm MANAGING VOLUNTEER


9.45am ORGANISING A NEW RECRUITMENT
VOLUNTEER PROGRAM
How to attract volunteers to work in your organisation:
• Will the organization accept volunteers? - Planning
• How to gain commitment and financial support from management. - Marketing
• Involvement with staff at a ward/unit/community level. - Recruitment techniques
• Creating a program support committee. - Screening of applicants
• Formal needs assessment using a Gap Analysis approach. - The interview
• Resource information and further reading. - Police checks and compliance with in-house security

10.30am MORNING TEA


AND COFFEE 3.50pm MATCHING VOLUNTEERS WITH
WORK PLACEMENTS
11.00am NATIONAL STANDARDS Which considerations should be taken into account when deciding on
which work to allocate to individual volunteers?
FOR VOLUNTEERS
Speaker: Gillian Wilson
Volunteering Australia has established national standards for the
Experienced in managing volunteers for over 20 years in a variety of
recruitment and management of volunteers. These standards establish settings, for the last eight years she has been the Manager of
ethical baselines for organisations setting up volunteer programs. They Volunteers at The Alfred Hospital. Gillian manages in excess of 160
are both understandable and workable. While guiding managers who volunteers spread over 35 departments throughout the hospital.
engage volunteers, they also protect volunteers against exploitation. Previously Gillian was a Staff Training Officer, working with staff,
within a large institution for adults with an intellectual disability. The
Alfred Intensive Care Unit Volunteer Team won the 2009 Minister for
This session will include workshop activities for further discussion of Health Volunteer Award.
standards and allied topics.
Speaker: Sandra Wilson
Project Officer, Volunteering Australia Inc. She is currently involved in
a review of the ‘National Standards for not-for-profit Organisations 4.15pm CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF CONFERENCE
Involving Volunteers’.
VOLUNTEERS - HOW TO SET UP VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS IN HEALTH SERVICES
DAY TWO: FRIDAY
February 5, 2010 Melbourne

THE FACILITATOR FOR THE THE FACILITATOR FOR THE


FIRST TWO SESSIONS IS NEXT TWO SESSIONS IS
Maree Dertien Susan Preece
Originally from an education background, Susan, a qualified
Manager of Volunteer Services, Barwon Health. With over 20 years asthma educator, has worked both professionally and as a
experience within the Health Sector, Maree is a Registered Nurse volunteer with the Asthma Foundations of Victoria and NSW. In the
who holds a Masters in Health Science in Community Health and past she worked as the Volunteer Coordinator at the Asthma
Development. The Barwon Health Volunteer Service consists of Foundation of Victoria. This involved the coordination and training
of volunteers, establishing and resourcing support groups and
over 850 dedicated volunteers providing innovative and rewarding branches of The Foundation and developing a Policies and
activities and support to all program areas of the organisation Procedures Manual for their Volunteers.
including acute health, rehabilitation, residential care, mental
health, community health and palliative care. The service offers
challenging activities and a community voice in planning and
11.45am POLICIES, PROCEDURES AND
service development, as well as the more traditional fundraising MUCH MUCH MORE
and supportive roles. Volunteers at Barwon Health are an integral A snapshot of various aspects of the job requirements for effectively
part of the health professional teams and build upon the unique managing volunteers in a vibrant health service.
community ownership that the organisation enjoys within the
Geelong community.
12.15pm MAINTAINING VOLUNTEER
COMMITMENT
A happy volunteer will contribute to the best of their ability, be a
9.00am SELECTION AND role model for other volunteers and will be a source for future
ORIENTATION recruitment of voluntary workers. This session is an overview of the
factors, such as acknowledgement & recognition, which nourish
Overview of a comprehensive Volunteer Orientation Program that will volunteer motivation.
effectively meet the needs of new volunteers within a health care
network. This program provides an opportunity for prospective 12.30pm LUNCH BREAK
volunteers to interact and fully participate throughout their skills
training. It also provides an ability to assess individual’s suitability and
commitment to volunteering within the health sector. As well, it gives 1.30pm TROUBLE-SHOOTING WHEN
participants an insight into the many roles of volunteers, and an
understanding of policies, procedures and duty of care within the
PROBLEMS ARISE
volunteer role. • How to respond to adverse reports about a volunteer.
• Sometimes it is the volunteer who brings details of problems and
concerns to the attention of the volunteer co-ordinator.
• Thorough assessment, appropriate intervention and follow-up
evaluation – the problem-solving essentials.
9.45am INDUCTION, SUPERVISION • Dealing with difficult/problematic volunteers individually.....
What works and what doesn’t work?
AND PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT • Saying “good-bye” – the last resort.
Discussion of best-practice approaches to volunteer induction. Role Speaker: Maureen Coleman
description development, supervision and performance management of Volunteer and Lifestyle Co-ordinator, Tower Grange and Bell View
volunteers. Residential Aged Care Services. In her volunteer co-ordinating role she
has gained substantial experience, including the facilitation of school
students participating in community service and TAFE students
undertaking social welfare studies.

10.30am MORNING TEA 3.00pm AFTERNOON TEA


AND COFFEE AND COFFEE
3.30pm EVALUATING THE VOLUNTEERS
11.00am VITAL VOLUNTEERS AND THE PROGRAM
ARE VALUABLE • Tips for evaluating the work contributions, the performance and
attitudes of individual volunteers.
Speaker: Brian Sutton • How to measure the volunteer program goals against outcome
Cabrini Palliative Care Service and at South Port Day Links, a evidence, e.g. feedback from senior decision-makers in the
community facility in the City of Port Phillip. organisation, the work sites where volunteers work and the survey
responses from the volunteers
Speaker: Bernadette Brennan OAM Speaker: Barbara Look
Look Good – Feel Better Workshops for Cancer Survivors, Education & Training Coordinator at the Education Centre Gippsland.
She has used her expertise in a volunteering project which designed an
Box Hill Hospital innovative online volunteer induction program. Barbara has an
impressive background as a volunteer, such as her committee member
Speaker: Lachlan Preece work for the regional Citizens Advice Bureau. For the past three
Adult Mental Health Services, Eastern Health as well as the years, in a volunteer role, she has made hats for patients at the
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.
Champs Camp for children whose parents are affected by
mental illness.
4.15pm CLOSE OF CONFERENCE AND EVALUATIONS
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