What is volunteer management?
It is the process of selecting, supervising and engaging a network of volunteers. Volunteer management opens up an organization to the community in terms of human resource talent and awards individuals an opportunity to grow professionally.
Who qualifies to be a volunteer with us?
- High school students (those who undertook the DPN Catch Them Young training)
- Tertiary students
Exclusive DPN volunteer benefits
DPN supports its volunteers by providing them with a range of services and acting as a voice for the local voluntary and community sector. It also assists individuals to identify volunteer opportunities in different organisations and provides support and advice to local groups and organisations.
Range of benefits accessible to DPN volunteers:
- A FREE weekly e-bulletin which includes relevant information, news and funding opportunities.
- FREE publicity opportunities via the DPN Website and e-bulletin
- FREE Inclusion in the online directory for volunteers and community groups
- Volunteer placement in DPN partner organisations upon request
- Training at subsidised costs on courses such as volunteer ethics, etc
How to become a volunteer
- Fill in a volunteer application form or visit our offices
NB: No payment is required
I have limited mobility – can I still volunteer?
Geographic boundaries, time constraints, a disability or any other reasons should not kill your will to offer your services for free. Many people worldwide are resorting to flexi hour volunteering via phone or computer. There are many projects where you can help through writing and graphic design, which in this digital age do not require physical presence in the workplace.
If you think home-based volunteering might be right for you, contact organisations you wish to offer your services to and find out what some of the possibilities might hold. Some volunteer organisations may require you to attend an initial training or periodical meetings hence important to make sure you are getting enough social contact.
Can volunteering lead to paid employment?
Volunteering highly assists individuals in securing jobs – but not always as quickly as you might anticipate. To get the most out of volunteering, it helps to have realistic expectations.
If you take on a volunteer role and are committed, you have a chance at scoring huge benefits such as:
- Stimulating your skills
- Acquiring new skills and experience
- Increasing confidence levels
- Getting references
- Gaining workplace dynamics proficiency
The experiences you gain through volunteering will greatly help when you come to complete job applications and interviews. The job you volunteer for may not be your ‘dream job’ in terms of remuneration, but is a guaranteed stepping stone to landing paid.
Most importantly, volunteering should be something you actively want to do with clear set out objectives you wish to draw from the experience!