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Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour

The Welcome Program

About the Welcome Program

The Welcome Program aims to encourage inclusiveness and strengthen a sense of belonging by engaging local residents to act as Ambassadors and Community Support Assistants to plan, organise and conduct community activities to welcome refugees/new arrivals in the Coffs Harbour region.

The initiative will help refugees/new arrivals to feel welcome and more connected, establish relationships and boost their self-confidence to access and participate in what Coffs Harbour can offer.

It will also assist the broader Coffs Harbour community to increase their understanding of the humanitarian program and refugee needs as well as offer a unique opportunity to engage in an intercultural experience to learn from, and about each other.

Welcoming activities can include social, cultural and recreational activities across the Coffs Harbour region. There are 2 volunteer roles for the Welcome Program – Ambassadors and Community Support Assistants.

The role of Ambassadors is to assist in activity coordination for newcomers to attend events, tours and outings; attend and share your interest in Coffs Harbour events and activities and create a welcoming, enjoyable experience which encourages intercultural exchange and dialogue.

The role of Community Support Assistants is to accompany families and individuals to and from activities to help them navigate and build their independence in the Coffs Harbour region and ensure families and individuals can communicate with Ambassadors by providing language support when needed.

When and commitment

Minimum of fortnightly commitment for six months, weekends only.  

Location

Various locations across the Coffs Harbour region.

What you will do

  • Assist newcomers to attend events, tours and outings – i.e., coastal walks, markets and outdoor based activities
  • Assist in activity coordination and Program review and development as required
  • Attend and share your interest in Coffs Harbour events and activities
  • Create a welcoming, enjoyable experience which encourages intercultural exchange and dialogue

All volunteers have the responsibility to:

  • Actively support SSI’s vision and values
  • Work in accordance with SSI policies and procedures
  • Follow all reasonable directions provided by SSI staff or delegate
  • Maintain confidentiality and keep client information securely 

Essential

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge of what Coffs Harbour has to offer including, where to access free events/programs information
  • Willingness to broker relationships with local businesses, attractions and civic groups
  • Knowledge of the Coffs Harbour community and local landmarks
  • Warm, friendly and welcoming nature

Desirable

  • Previous experience working with people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds
  • Interest and involvement in local communities and events

Reimbursement

Volunteers will have access to reimbursement for all pre approved expenses including reasonable travel expenses. Volunteers using their own vehicle will need to provide SSI with photocopies of their driver’s licence, comprehensive car insurance and current car registration.

Training

Volunteers will be provided with access to SSI’s flexible, extensive and innovative training program. 

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Community Hubs

General Interests

Volunteer Playgroup Assistant

About the Community Hubs Program

The Community Hubs Program aims to support migrant and refugee families (including children 0- 6 years of age) by offering meaningful social activities as well as access to existing support services including local education, health, community, and settlement services. The program offers families various opportunities to gain skills through formal and informal training, including English practice conversation sessions, breakfast clubs, playgroups, homework clubs and community events. 

 

Playgroups have been established to help meet the needs of refugee and asylum seeker families with children aged 0 to 6 years. The Playgroup Assistant will support their Community Hub Leader or playgroup facilitator to run the playgroup with a focus on:

 

•           Supporting learning through play

•           Facilitating socialisation for children of similar ages

•           Addressing social isolation for parents and children

•           Strengthening the role of parents as first educators and advocates

•           Introducing strategies to improve parent and child interaction and bonding

•           Building confidence in play as a link to learning

•           Engage with parents through positive role modelling

When and commitment

Minimum one day per week for 3 months or school term.

Location

Various locations across NSW: Blacktown, Bankstown, Fairfield, Parramatta, Cumberland, Chester Hill, Western Sydney, and Coffs Harbour.

What you will do

•    Assist with general office duties including word processing, data entry, filing, photocopying and scanning and using Microsoft suite. 
•    Assist Community Hub Leader to prepare worksheets and attendance sheets for programs, including photocopying resources as required.  
•    Assist in set up and pack up.
•    Liaise with Community Hub partners, including accepting community donations.
•    Assist setting up and packing down the playgroup area. 
•    Support the Community Hub Leader to create a welcoming environment where parents and children can connect with each other.
•    Work actively with families during group activities including story-time, singing and dancing.
•    Support the Community Hub Leader and/or playgroup facilitator to plan playgroup activities. 
•    Provide feedback to the Community Hub Leader following playgroup sessions.

All volunteers have the responsibility to:

  • Actively support SSI’s vision and values
  • Work in accordance with SSI policies and procedures
  • Follow all reasonable directions provided by SSI staff or delegate
  • Maintain confidentiality and keep client information securely 

Essential

•    Early Childhood and Childcare services experience
•    Knowledge of early childhood needs and development.
•    Excellent computer literacy skills.
•    High level written and oral communication, interpersonal skills, and the ability to communicate effectively.
•    Great time management skills.

Desirable

Previous experience working with people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds

Benefits

Reimbursement

Volunteers, students and interns will have access to reimbursement for all pre- approved expenses including reasonable travel expenses.

Volunteers, students, interns using their own vehicle will need to provide SSI Group with photocopies of their driver’s licence, comprehensive car insurance and compulsory third-party insurance.

Training

Volunteers, students, interns will be provided with access to SSI Group’s flexible, extensive and innovative training program.

Being a member of the SSI Group Community

Volunteers, students, interns will be kept up-to-date with all of SSI Group’s important news, events and opportunities.

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Ignite Small Business Start - Ups - Victoria

Ignite Small Business Start-ups - Victoria

Ignite Volunteer Digital Marketing Graphic Design Support

About the Role

The Ignite Small Business Start-ups Initiative facilitates small business creation for vulnerable people including those from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds, as well as people living with disability, who want to start their own business or expand an existing one. Ignite entrepreneurs are supported one-on-one by a facilitator and linked to a Resource Team, made up of various industry experts from the business community, business support volunteers and students.

The Volunteer Digital Marketing Graphic Design Support will support Ignite entrepreneurs in creating a brand concept and develop marketing collaterals to help promote the business and generate sales.

When and commitment

Flexible to meet the needs of entrepreneurs with a minimum 6-month commitment

What you will do

  • Work with Ignite facilitators and entrepreneurs to develop brand colour palette and logo concept
  • If needed, design marketing materials such as business cards, flyers, banners, menus, price lists, etc
  • Assist Ignite entrepreneurs with business email setup and email signature
  • If needed, design profile and cover photos for social media channels
  • Create and customise Invoice /Quote /Receipt templates (Word doc or other simple to use/edit software)
  • Website wireframe mock-up

Essential

  • Graphic design skills and experience using Canva
  • Creative flair: you’re not afraid to recommend different ways of doing things
  • An understanding of the importance of brand awareness and consistency of message, tone and design
  • An outstanding attention to detail

Desirable

  • Experience in Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop
  • Ability to work independently
  • Confidence managing tasks to timelines, establishing priorities and producing deliverables
  • Previous experience working with people from diverse backgrounds

Responsibility of volunteers

 

  • Actively support SSI’s vision and values
  • Adhere to SSI policies and procedures
  • Follow all reasonable directions provided by the Ignite Program Manager, or delegate

 

Reimbursement

Volunteers will have access to reimbursement for all pre-approved expenses including reasonable travel expenses. Volunteers using their own vehicle will need to provide SSI with photocopies of their driver’s licence, comprehensive car insurance and current car registration.

Training 

Volunteers will be provided with access to SSI’s flexible, extensive and innovative training program.

Fill in an application

Students & Interns - NSW

Students/Interns - NSW

Community Hubs Assistant

About the Community Hubs Program

The Community Hubs Program aims to support migrant and refugee families (including children 0-5 years of age) by offering meaningful social activities as well as access to existing support services including local education, health, community, and settlement services. The program offers families various opportunities to gain skills through formal and informal training, including English practice conversation sessions, breakfast clubs, playgroups, homework clubs and community events.  

The Community Hub Assistant will work alongside Community Hub Leader by providing administrative and community engagement support within school community.

When and Commitment

Minimum one day per week for 3 months or school term.

Locations

Various locations across NSW: Blacktown, Bankstown, Fairfield, Parramatta, Cumberland, Chester Hill, Western Sydney, and Coffs Harbour.

What you will do

•    Assist with general office duties including word processing, data entry, filing, photocopying and scanning and using Microsoft suite. 
•    Assist Community Hub Leader to prepare worksheets and attendance sheets for programs, including photocopying resources as required.  
•    Assist in set up and pack up.
•    Liaise with Community Hub partners, including accepting community donations.
•    Assist by welcoming of participants and external trainers.
•    Initiate ice breaker activities to support participants to feel comfortable.
•    Assist with data collection for reporting purposes and engage in evaluation process with participants. 
•    Making referrals to the different organisations.
•    Collecting formal and informal feedback from program’s participants.
•    Taking and editing photos.
•    Preparing information and updating Hub Facebook and fortnightly school Newsletter.
•    Prepare flyers and promotional material when required.
•    Promoting Hub programs with parents in the school as well as the local community  
•    Engage in relevant training provided by SSI in partnership with training provider.

All students have the responsibility to:

  • Actively support SSI Group’s vision and values
  • Work in accordance with SSI Group policies and procedures 
  • Follow all reasonable directions provided by Community Hub Leader or delegate
  • Maintain confidentiality and keep client information securely

Essential  

  • Excellent computer literacy skills.
  • High level written and oral communication, interpersonal skills, and the ability to communicate effectively.
  • Great time management skills.

Desirable

  • Previous experience working with people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds.
  • Interested in SSI causes and communities.

Benefits

  • Reimbursement: Volunteers, students and interns will have access to reimbursement for all pre-approved expenses including reasonable travel expenses. Volunteers, students, interns using their own vehicle will need to provide SSI Group with photocopies of their driver’s licence, comprehensive car insurance and compulsory third-party insurance.
  • Training: Volunteers, students, interns will be provided with access to SSI Group’s flexible, extensive and innovative training program.
  • Being a member of the SSI Group Community: Volunteers, students, interns will be kept up-to-date with all of SSI Group’s important news, events and opportunities.
Fill in an application

The Welcome Program - Sydney

Welcome Program - Sydney

Welcome Program Community Support Assistant

About the Welcome Program

Welcome Program aims to encourage inclusiveness and strengthen a sense of belonging by engaging Volunteer Ambassadors (residents) to engage in community activities of welcoming refugees/new arrivals.

The Program helps refugees/new arrivals to feel welcome and more connected, establish relationships and boost their self-confidence to access and participate in what Sydney can offer. It will also assist the broader Sydney community to increase their understanding of the humanitarian program and refugee needs as well as offer a unique opportunity to engage in an intercultural experience to learn from, and about each other. Welcome Program activities can include social, cultural and recreational activities across Sydney.

When and commitment

Minimum one day per month for six months. (Primarily weekends, occasionally weekdays)

Location

Various locations around Sydney (eg Blue Mountains, Bondi Beach, Sydney CBD)

What you will do

  • Assist newcomers during events, tours and outings with language support
  • Accompany newcomers on public transport to and from Western Sydney to Welcome Program activities to help build confidence
  • Assist in activity coordination as required – i.e. knowledge of public transport meeting places
  • Support clients to complete photo consent forms on the way there and feedback forms on the way back
  • Share your interest in Sydney events and activities
  • Create a welcoming, enjoyable experience which encourages intercultural exchange and dialogue
  • Take photos and provide feedback of the activities to Community Engagement Project Officer
  • Help to create an encouraging, inclusive and supportive network for people seeking support

All volunteers have the responsibility to:

  • Actively support SSI’s vision and values
  • Work in accordance with SSI policies and procedures
  • Follow all reasonable directions provided by SSI staff or delegate
  • Maintain confidentiality and keep client information securely 

Essential

  • Excellent communication and ability to speak either Arabic, Dari, Ukrainian
  • Warm, friendly and welcoming nature
  • Genuine interest in learning about different cultures and sharing knowledge with others

Desirable

  • Previous experience working with people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds

Reimbursement

Volunteers, students and interns will have access to reimbursement for all pre- approved expenses including reasonable travel expenses. Volunteers, students, interns using their own vehicle will need to provide SSI Group with photocopies of their driver’s licence, comprehensive car insurance and compulsory third-party insurance.

Training

Volunteers, students, interns will be provided with access to SSI Group’s flexible, extensive and innovative training program.

Fill in an application