Leading People During COVID-19
Updated 28 October 2020
Is my volunteer program allowed to operate?
Yes. Volunteering is essential to the wellbeing of our community. Your volunteer program will still need to ensure it has a COVID safe plan in place, as well as continue to abide by ongoing government directives.
Where possible, if it is possible to volunteer from home or virtually, this is encouraged.
Do I need to issue permits for my volunteers?
Permits are no longer required for volunteers who live within 25 km of where they volunteer. If a volunteer has to travel more than 25km to volunteer, or will go outside this zone during their shift a permit is still required until 8 November 2020. A permit is also still required for volunteers who may be crossing between regional Victoria and metro Melbourne until 8 November 2020.
What is a COVID safe plan and do I need one?
Your COVID Safe Plan helps protect your workers, customers and visitors and to prepare for a suspected or confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in your workplace. This is a DHHS requirement for operating when your organisation has more than five people on site. More information can be found at Business Victoria
DHHS has outlined six essential elements to a COVID safe workplace:
- Ensure physical distancing
- Wear a mask
- Practice good hygiene
- Act quickly if someone becomes unwell
- Avoid interactions in enclosed spaces
- Create workforce bubbles
Volunteering Victoria has created an animated video resource to assist you in managing this with your volunteers. It is accessible here.
I’m organising a volunteer event – can this happen?
Volunteer events can be arranged with a COVID safe plan and up to 10 people outside.
My volunteer team has reduced in size due to the COVID shut down – how can I recruit more volunteers?
There are many ways to recruit volunteers. Common recruitment methods include advertising on GoVolunteer, weVolnunteer or your organisations website or social media. You can also get in touch with your local Volunteer Support Service. Word of mouth is also incredibly powerful so make sure you are talking to people in your community about the volunteer opportunities at your organisation.
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