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Volunteer Induction Training

Monday 24 June                4.45 – 6pm                  Salamander Bay

Under Work Health and Safety legislation, volunteers are deemed as workers and Council has an obligation to provide a safe working environment. Volunteers also have an obligation to carry out their duties and conduct themselves in an appropriate manner. This training will provide information relating to WHS and Code of Conduct that is essential when volunteering for Port Stephens Council. It will assist volunteers understand their responsibilities, what they can expect from Council, and how volunteers and Council can work together.

This training is required for all new volunteers and recommended for all volunteers who have not attended training within the last two years.  Approximately four Volunteer Induction Training sessions for new volunteers will be held each year, at different locations in the Port Stephens area and on different days of the week.

Bookings are essential and further details will be provided upon booking, email volunteerbookings@portstephens.nsw.gov.au.

First Aid Training

Council is committed to the health and safety of our volunteers and is offering free First Aid Training to a limited number of volunteers.  Approval for any volunteer to undertake First Aid training MUST be obtained via email from the Volunteers Coordinator, and there is a strict process to follow.

First Aid Training for Committee/Group Members
In most instances, First Aid training will be limited to a maximum of two volunteers per committee/group, however, additional numbers will be considered by Council's Volunteers Coordinator on a case by case basis.  The following process must be followed for approval and booking:

  1. A committee/group must agree and endorse the most appropriate members to have First Aid training (i.e. works coordinator, site supervisor, regular working bee attendee).
  2. These names are to be provided to the Volunteers Coordinator, along with evidence that this is a decision of the committee.
  3. If the volunteer wishes to undertake First Aid training at Tomaree Community College, the Volunteers Coordinator advises the College of the person's name and committee, stating that they have approval to book into a course.  This approved person then makes direct contact with the College to book. (The College will not let anyone book unless they have received notification from Council first.)
  4. If a volunteer wishes to undertake First Aid training through Council at Raymond Terrace, contact the Volunteers Coordinator to make arrangements.
  5. Council pays for First Aid Training for approved volunteers.
  6. Committees/Groups are notified once a volunteer has undertaken training.

First Aid Training for other Council Volunteers
Council service managers can liaise directly with the Volunteers Coordinator in relation to First Aid training for their volunteers.

First Aid Training through Tomaree Community College
Tomaree Community College is the main provider for First Aid training and they have a variety of date options which can be viewed on their website, or contact (02) 4984 1011.

First Aid Training through Council at Raymond Terrace
There are opportunities for volunteers to attend First Aid training through Council at Raymond Terrace.  Current available dates include:

Provide First Aid - 1 Day Refresher
13 March 2019
This 1 day course has an essential pre-work component that must be completed before you attend the course, and a CPR assessment that must be completed on the floor.

Provide Fist Aid - 2 Day Initial Course
18 & 19 May 2019  
This 2 day comprehensive course is best suited to people who are new to first aid or have barriers to learning.

Financial Record Keeping and Reporting

Council finance staff are available to assist volunteers who undertake financial responsibilities on behalf of a committee. If you need help with monthly cashbooks, annual summaries, GST reporting, accounting for investments, or want to know more about financial record keeping on behalf of Council, please contact the Volunteers Coordinator to make arrangements to meet with a Finance Officer.

Computer Training

Port Stephens Library often runs free computer and internet learning opportunities for the community.  For details view the Library webpage and scroll down to Library Events Calendar.   Alternatively ring the Raymond Terrace Library on 4988 0111 or Tomaree Library on 4988 0670. Tomaree Community College runs various computer training courses.  View their website and if there is a course that interests you, contact the Volunteers Coordinator.

Safe Chemical Use for weed control

This training is delivered by Council's Invasive Species Officer and is a requirement for any volunteer who wishes to use chemicals to control weeds in our parks, reserves and bushland environments.  Topics include chemical preparation and application, WHS, environmental and weed awareness, transporting and storing, procedures and recording.  A practical session is also part of the training.  Contact the Volunteers Coordinator if you wish to undertake this training.

Cultural Awareness Workshop and sand dune tour

This opportunity will again be offered towards the end of 2019 and is available for Registered Council Volunteers.  The Worimi Local Aboriginal Land Council will provide a variety of activities to allow increased understanding of Aboriginal Culture and the opportunity to experience Worimi culture.  The day will include a Smoking Ceremony, tour of dunes, Worimi history, artefacts workshop and plenty of opportunities to ask questions.

Mapping Workshop

Thursday 6 June               9.30am – 12pm          Raymond Terrace

Learn how to easily create digital maps to be used in requesting bush regeneration or weed spraying works requests, as well as in grant applications and grant reports.  The three hour course will be held in the Raymond Terrace Library.  Numbers are limited.

Bookings are essential and further details will be provided upon booking, email volunteerbookings@portstephens.nsw.gov.au.

Volunteers Coordinator
Phone: (02) 4988 0255
Email: volunteers@portstephens.nsw.gov.au

Email: volunteerbookings@portstephens.nsw.gov.au