Volunteering is about making a difference in your community, and a culture of volunteering is generally seen as an indicator of a healthy and connected community.
Approx. 2.3 million Victorians currently volunteer in their communities, with almost 79% of these volunteers being people aged over 65 years… so it’s never too late to make a difference.
In 2019 it was estimated that the value of volunteering in Victoria was around $58.1 million with approx. 224 hours being donated by each and every volunteer.
Volunteering means different things to different people, but it can offer people the opportunity to:
- feel a sense of belonging, achievement, and connection
- follow your passions and interests
- share their skills, knowledge, and experience
- make friendships and create professional networks
- gain valuable work experience as a pathway to employment
- challenge yourself to learn new skills
- develop your confidence
- enjoy new social experiences
- make a tangible difference to and supporting the work of small charities
- give back to organisations that may have helped you in the past
Volunteers at JPC
The John Pierce Centre has a strong history of Deaf community volunteerism. There are many activities and programs that simply would not happen without the help of these dedicated volunteers including our social groups, community events and specific projects.
There are approx. 14 active community volunteers helping the John Pierce Centre with its work. Over a full year these volunteers contribute a total of 1,200 hours of their time.
The reasons these community members volunteer their time at the John Pierce Centre is varied. You can learn more about what motivates some of our volunteers by reading their stories here….
“I came to JPC to connect with the Deaf community and have an opportunity to experience Auslan in its diverse forms after completing my Diploma of Auslan. Volunteering gave me an opportunity to be involved in a signing environment, in a supporting role led by native Auslan users, and being exposed to different signing styles as well as meeting many families and understanding their needs. I learned that the John Pierce Centre is a supportive welcoming environment and a space for the Deaf Community to gather and share time and stories together. JPC staff and Volunteers are so inclusive and the space is so welcoming that I look forward to volunteering again in the future. Thanks so much. I do hope to be back again someday soon.”
∼ Erin Sikiric – volunteer
“Thank you so much for letting me be a volunteer. I wanted to become a volunteer due to my dear mum passing away on Oct 27 2021. I miss her very much and I miss the signing as it was only her and myself, so I looked up all the deaf clubs as we used to go too in Jolimont. I found JPC asked to I could volunteer they were very friendly and supportive. There was great people knew my mum from school and chatted to me and welcome in, I wanted also not lose my culture of Auslan when I came to JPC turned out mum used to work there and I remembered meeting her for lunch from time to time which made easy to enjoy coming. Since coming I’ve learnt new sighs and want to support elderly deaf people.”
∼ Dotty Shepherd – volunteer
Types of Roles
- General office duties e.g., mailouts, data entry
- property support e.g., garden maintenance
- IT support
- Board/committee member
- project specific support (e.g. participate in community consultations)
- supporting existing social groups
- setting up possible new groups
- events support
- community fundraising
- providing newsletter content
- promotions (social media)