Celebrating and recognising the value of our volunteers is essential to OC Connections. These much-valued people who give so generously of their time are vital to the difference we can make to the lives so many of our clients with disabilities.
From working in our opportunity shops, assisting with our Christmas Tree Festival or supporting clients in a range of activities and programs, volunteers are an essential thread in the fabric of our community.
Each year, volunteers are celebrated with a special dinner and years of service recognition.
In February, the Centre received a much-need makeover, thanks to a hard-working team from the Waverley Blues Football Club. Despite the blistering heat, some 30 players rolled up their sleeves to take on a range of jobs, from painting the portable art room to laying new paving.
Our corporate volunteer program continues to be an important collaboration for us with ongoing participation from Deloitte Touche Tohmastu & Experian Australia Pty Ltd. Volunteers from both companies assisted at Aspiring Industries, our Christmas shop and with general maintenance.
To attract and support our volunteers, the organisation offers an induction and training program with a focus on a continuous review of our policies and procedures to ensure the role continues to meet expectations.
As we move into the NDIS world, OC Connections will look to strengthen its volunteer program by developing a framework to educate staff in gaining the best from volunteers, and to continue to nurture ongoing partnerships with Go Volunteer and South East Volunteers seeking to best match people and clients based on interests and skills.