Great Connections Opportunities

"The LV project group were empathetic, enthusiastic and passionate.  They were so dedicated, they really got the ASRC.  The level and the quality of the work was great,"

 

Jana Favero - Asylum Seekers Resource Centre (ASRC).

Penington Institute – help develop a Volunteer Strategy for this organisation and review existing activities, policies and procedures to align to the Strategy

14 February 2017

Penington Institute, a not for profit organisation, has grown out of the rich and vibrant work of one of its programs - Anex, and its close to 20 years experience working with people directly affected by problematic drug use.

The institute is inspired by and named in honour of Professor Emeritus David Penington AC, one of Australia’s leading public intellectuals and health experts, who has long been a courageous advocate for rational solutions to drug problems and the prevention of HIV/AIDS.
Our aim is to help communities have more effective, cost-efficient and compassionate ways to prevent and respond to drug use problems.

We are looking for a GreatConnections Volunteer to assist us develop a Volunteer Strategy and assist us to review our existing activities, policies and procedures to align to the Strategy.
A major focus for the Strategy will be the resourcing of International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) which we run each year on 31st August. The project however, would also help us to identify other opportunities to use volunteers in the organisation.
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Casa Cultura - Use your strategic and analytical skills to join the Board of this organisation looking to promote social change and inclusiveness through the use of the arts and culture of Latin America

13 December 2016

Casa Cultura is a not-for-profit organisation that focuses its efforts on using the power of the arts and culture as a vehicle to develop socially functional identities in displaced communities, as a tool to bring about social change and as a mechanism to promote social inclusiveness.

With a focus on the cultural voice of Latin America, Casa Cultura develops capacity-building programs to raise the profile of its artistic practitioners to the point where a tangible social impact can start to be felt and reaches out to find opportunities for participation and collaboration in the wider cultural context of Australia. More information at facebook.com/casaculturainc.

Initially, Casa Cultura will focus on establishing itself as an organisation to operate an arts collective and raise the profile of its artistic practice. To achieve this initial objective, Casa Cultura needs to develop and implement strategic and operational plans and to enhance the business and management skills of its current Board members to maintain oversight of this first developmental phase.

This project is for a period of 12 months. LV will nominate 2-3 people with a substantial background in management of small or medium enterprises (SMEs) to join the Board of Casa Cultura. These nominated members will work with the existing Board members to develop effective strategic plans for the next 1-2 year and to monitor progress towards achievement of initial operational objectives. The LV nominated members of the Board will provide advice on appropriate business practices and procedures and will serve as Board members initially for no more than one year. The expected outcomes from this project would strengthen the skills of the existing Board members or identify a clear participation from these members in a different area e.g operational within Casa Cultura.
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Creeds Farm Living and Learning Centre - Seeking several board members with experience in strategic planning, marketing and community development

12 October 2016

The Creeds Farm Living and Learning Centre is located in the fast-growing, multicultural Epping North precinct. We have a strong cohort of members and a busy calendar of community-led activities. Our stated purpose is to provide lifelong learning opportunities and community connectedness, whilst fostering sustainable living practices.

Our next AGM is scheduled for the 23rd November, and unfortunately a number of our current board members will not be renominating due to other separate commitments. We will need a new Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer, and at least one more Ordinary board member to form a committee of governance.

We are hoping to potential board members with experience in strategic planning and leadership, governance, marketing, and community development. But most of all, we need people who share our passion for community building, lifelong learning, and sustainability.

The Board currently meets every six weeks on a Wednesday evening. As a board we provide strategic direction for the Centre and oversee its financial viability. There are occasionally additional tasks to be done between meetings, this is rarely more than a few hours per month.

On Wednesday 7th November 6-7.30pm we will hold a meet and greet night for anyone who would like to know more about the Centre and the responsibilities of being a board member.
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Blind Sports & Recreation Victoria - Apply your financial management skills to support the Board Treasurer

3 October 2016

Blind Sports & Recreation Victoria provides sporting and recreational activities for people who are blind or vision impaired.

We are seeking an Honorary Assistant Treasurer with a background in financial management to assist the Treasurer/Secretary in maintaining accurate and accountable financial records.
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Solve Disability Solutions - Seeking a Board Treasurer to help serve the needs of people with disability

27 September 2016

Solve Disability Solutions, formerly TADVIC, is a not-profit organisation dedicated to serving the needs of people with disability.

We are seeking expressions of interest from people with an accounting/finance background who would like to join our board of governance. Our treasurer has announced his intention not to renominate at the November 2016 AGM after 7 years of service to our organisation.

Solve Disability Solutions' vision is for a world where there are No Limits to Participation. Our mission is to design, make or modify equipment for people with a disability whose needs cannot be met commercially.

We are a volunteer-based organisation dedicated to people with disabilities. We achieve our mission through the:
- Design and construction of equipment otherwise commercially unavailable,
- Modification of commercially available equipment to suit clients' special needs, and
- Provision of specialised technical advice to clients and their carers.

Solve Disability Solutions' core competency in meeting the specialist life-style equipment needs for people with disability is its capacity to manage the application of technical and engineering design and production skills, from a broad base of suitably qualified volunteers, in concert with occupational therapist and other health professional advice. Solve Disability Solutions has a large metropolitan branch and 10 regional branches, which provide such solutions to clients throughout Victoria.

Solve Disability Solutions is seeking a board treasurer with an accounting / finance background. The board meets 9-10 times a year and there are 10 finance subcommittee meetings per year.
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Melbourne East Disability Advocacy - Use your marketing expertise to raise awareness of this organisation

27 September 2016

Melbourne East Disability Advocacy (MEDA) is a small not for profit disability advocacy organisation that provides individual and volunteer citizen advocacy programs for people with an intellectual disability.

The project is to act as an Advisor / Mentor to MEDA, in order to create a working platform to establish a comprehensive result focused Marketing & Fundraising frame work for the organisation.
MEDA likes to enhance community awareness and increase its volunteer and client base.
To support and advise MEDA in developing and implementing a marketing/fundraising plan.
To provide support and advise on the development of a realistic marketing plan
To provide advice on how to increase amount and diversification of revenue options to MEDA

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The Good Life Farm - Seeking exceptional Board Members to help change the lives of vulnerable young people

14 September 2016

The Good Life Farm (Good Life Farm) founded in 2005, provides animal based healing and education programs for 'at risk' 11-17 year olds. These disadvantaged young people suffer from severe abuse and/or neglect. Many have critical behavioural and socialisation problems that have resulted in disengagement from the mainstream education system and from community participation. More than 80% have mental health concerns that can transmute into unacceptable social behaviours.

The Good Life Farm is often the last resort to provide these young people with a positive learning experience. The Good Life Farm aims to create a safe and consistent environment with positive role models and access to support services, building a young person's sense of self and learning new ways of trusting and relating to others and in doing so enable them to participate in mainstream education and social networks.
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Melbourne East Disability Advocacy (MEDA) - Mentor the Program Manager of this organisation which helps the intellectually disabled

22 August 2016

Melbourne East Disability Advocacy (MEDA) is a small not for profit disability advocacy organisation in the Eastern Region. MEDA provides individual and volunteer citizen advocacy programs to support people with an intellectual disability.

Advocacy assists and empowers people with an intellectual disability to have more control over decision making and ensures the rights of people with a disability are protected, promoted and upheld. MEDA is governed by a community based Committee of Management that is elected annually. MEDA is staffed by a part time Program Manager, Disability Advocate and Administration Assistant.

MEDA Program Manager Mentor / Coach Project. The purpose is to match an experienced and savvy Manager / Executive Officer as a mentor to MEDA's Program Manager to provide an independent platform for reflective practice, leadership and management guidance, critique and development.
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Ermha Limited - Apply your financial skills or marketing and fundraising expertise to join the Board in supporting people experiencing the effects of mental illness and disability.

16 August 2016

Ermha Limited is seeking two Non-Executive Directors to join its high performing Board.

- Tenure: 3 years (with possibility of re-election for two further terms)
- Remuneration: Fee-based

Ermha is seeking applications from experienced Board Directors, who can make a strong contribution to the governance and strategic direction of the organisation; particularly in responding to the introduction of Consumer Directed Care services heralded by the national rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Ermha is a community-based organisation which supports people experiencing the effects of mental illness and disability, their carers and families. From its registration as an incorporated association in the early 1980s, Ermha has grown into a leading, progressive not-for-profit public company which supports over 1,600 people each year. Headquartered in Melbourne's southeast, Ermha offers youth, individual and carer support that is guided by clients' values, strengths and goals.

Together with an understanding of the mental health and disability sectors, and the provision of community health and/or welfare services, the following areas of expertise is sought:

- Financial Competency (and formal qualifications), or
- Sales, Marketing and Fundraising expertise
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Self Help Addiction Resource Centre - Mentor the Corporate Partnership staff member as she grows and develops her role in securing funding for the organisation

10 August 2016

The Self Help Addiction Resource Centre (SHARC) promotes self-help approaches to recovery from severe alcohol and drug related issues.

SHARC provides opportunities for individuals, families and communities affected by addiction and related problems to recover and achieve meaningful, satisfying and contributing lives.

We envision a world where all people affected by the impact of addiction can proudly and openly seek help, help each other and demonstrate the living proof that recovery is possible.

Our team consists of people with the combination of lived experience and professional qualifications and expertise.

We are seeking a Mentor to provide advice and guidance on developing Corporate Partnerships as another source of funding for SHARC.
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TreeProject - seeking three board members with skills in communications, business development and events and activities

9 August 2016

TreeProject is a non-profit community organization dedicated to providing opportunities for the community to participate in projects to re vegetate the Victorian landscape with indigenous trees, shrubs and grasses. We recruit and train volunteers in towns and cities to grow and plant native seedlings for rural Victorian landholders.

Founded in 1989 TreeProject is managed by a small Committee of volunteers of various backgrounds who are seeking additional members with specific skills and talents to compliment and add to the existing team.

TreeProject currently has one permanent part time staff member with the title Project Manager who has oversight of volunteers for administration and project activities; we have two casual contract staff one for bookkeeping data entry and one for Nursery duties.

The current committee has five members. Full committee membership is nine.

Project request is seeking three additional committee members with specific skills and talents to provide leadership in,
- Communications
- Business Development
- Events and Activities
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Interchange Incorporated - Seeking a Board member with risk management or strategic planning and business development skills

25 July 2016

Position Vacant
Interchange Incorporated (Interchange) is seeking expressions of interest from suitably skilled persons for an honorary position on the Interchange board.

About Interchange
Interchange was established in 1980 and supports its network of member agencies to provide family support and social opportunities for children and young people with a disability.

Interchange currently employs one full-time Executive Officer and one part-time Administration Officer. Additional part-time and volunteer positions are filled as required.

Vision
To be part of a community that shares the responsibility for the wellbeing of all, celebrates and promotes difference and strives for inclusiveness and choice.

Mission
Interchange assists its members to build inclusive communities and to develop responsive services which enhance the quality of life for individuals and families impacted by disability.

Selection Criteria
All applicants should possess relevant board/committee skills and experience and recognise the values of Interchange being Integrity, Social Justice, Quality, Respect and Sustainability.
An interview and two professional references will be required prior to final selection.
Board members are expected to be available for six meetings a year. The time commitment over the course of year is estimated to be about 20 hours.

A comprehensive orientation to the disability/ NFP sector will be provided, if needed.
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Stroke Association of Victoria - 2 Board positions available if you have commercial business, accounting, fundraising, general management or legal experience

4 April 2016

We require two (2) - Board Members to assist the Stroke Association of Victoria Inc to meet the future Strategy Plan for the Association's planned growth
New Board Director The organisation's Mission is to provide every stroke survivor and carer access to the information and peer support services they need to re-engage with their community.
We provide Stroke Peer Support groups across Victoria. We are establishing Regional Stroke Support Centres for Post Stroke survivors to have access to on-going low cost Therapies and Group therapies, companionship, general information and support for the Stroke Survivor and their spouses/partners/families. Encourage them to aim to re-engage with the community, gain confidence and dignity. Recovery goes on for ever, in many different forms.
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Restoring Hope Incorporated - Use your accounting skills as a Board Treasurer and help children live a safe, happy and fulfilling life

20 March 2016

Restoring Hope seeks to ensure that every child or young person who has suffered from sexual abuse has the chance to have their hope restored to live a safe, happy and fulfilling life.

We will provide support, goods and services to victims/survivors of childhood sexual abuse through education, awareness and fundraising events.

As a new organisation, we are seeking a Treasurer who can fulfill the responsibilities of this role.

We have PBI approval, as well as DGR status, though we have limited formal systems or structures in place. The incoming treasurer will have the flexibility to set these systems up in a way that works best for them and the organisation.
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Melbourne East Disability Advocacy - Mentor the MEDA Program Manager to help support people with an intellectual disability

11 November 2015

Melbourne East Disability Advocacy (MEDA) is a small not for profit disability advocacy organisation in the Eastern Region. MEDA provides individual and volunteer citizen advocacy programs to support people with an intellectual disability.

Advocacy assists and empowers people with an intellectual disability to have more control over decision making and ensures the rights of people with a disability are protected, promoted and upheld.

MEDA is seeking a mentor for the Program Manager, to provide an independent platform for reflective practice, leadership and management guidance, critique and development.
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