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Volunteer training

The following training sessions help to provide Port Stephens Council volunteers with the skills and information they require to undertake their volunteering duties and responsibilities in a safe and efficient manner.

It is important that if you are interested in participating in the training, that you book in for the session. You will then be provided with further information regarding venues and what you will need to bring.

Volunteer Induction Training

Wednesday 16 October 2019 4:40 to 6:00pm Salamander Bay
Monday 11 November 10:00am to 11:30am Salt Ash

All 355c Committee Executive Members, Booking Officers, Group Coordinators and new volunteers are required to attend one  of these training sessions before the end of the year (unless you have attended within the last two years).

Training includes:

  • work health and safety
  • code of conduct
  • customer service

Bookings are essential and further details will be provided upon booking.

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 email 355cfinancials@portstephens.nsw.gov.au.

Computer Training and Technology Assistance

Tuesday 5 November 2019 9:30am to 12:30pm Raymond Terrace Library

Both Raymond Terrace and Tomaree Libraries are currently running free one-on-one technology assistance sessions for the community.  Book directly with the Library or visit the Library website

Tomaree Community College runs computer training courses.  View their website and if there is a course that interests you, contact the Volunteers Coordinator.

This training session is for volunteers who would like additional training in:

  • Microsoft Word (meeting minute templates)
  • Excel (financial reporting)
  • email (outlook or webmail account)

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. It is important that you seek approval for this training prior to registering.

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 and provide these names to the Volunteers Coordinator, along with evidence that this is a decision of the committee/group.
  2. 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/group advising they have approval. No bookings can be made without prior approval from Council.
  3. If a volunteer wishes to undertake First Aid training through Council at Raymond Terrace, contact the Volunteers Coordinator to make arrangements.
  4. Council pays for First Aid Training for approved volunteers.
  5. 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, contact the Volunteers Coordinator for further details.

Safe chemical use for weed control

Tuesday 17 September 2019 9am to 12pm Medowie

This training is a requirement for any volunteer who wishes to use chemicals to control weeds in our parks, reserves and bushland environments, and needs to be undertaken every 5 years.

Topics include:

  • chemical preparation and application
  • work, health and safety
  • environmental and weed awareness
  • transporting and storing weeds
  • procedures and recording

A practical session is also part of the training.

Bookings are essential and further details will be provided upon booking.

Manual handling training

Tuesday 8 October 2019 9am to 11am Nelson Bay
Tuesday 29 October 2019 9am to 11am Raymond Terrace

Of interest to Volunteers who lift, carry, push or pull heavy or awkward objects whilst undertaking their activities.  Participants will learn about manual handling injuries, how to recognise tasks that are likely to contribute to injuries, and are provided with hands-on strategies to minimise the risk of injuries during these tasks.

Bookings are essential and further details will be provided upon booking.

Native plant or weed identification?

Friday 1 November 2019 9:30am to 12:30pm Tanilba Bay

In our bushland areas and backyards it is common for native plants and weeds to be easily confused.  Hunter identity and author Ann Loughran is transitioning to retirement so don't miss out on this opportunity to learn how to recognise the difference between native plants and weed look-a-likes in this hands-on, jargon free workshop. Attending committees/groups will receive a copy of Ann's "Native plant or weed? Pick the difference? field guide.

Bookings are essential and further details will be provided upon booking.

Cultural Awareness Workshop and sand dune tour

Monday 18 November 20199:30am to 3:00pmWilliamtown

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.

Bookings are essential and further details will be provided upon booking.

Book time with John Hughson

Monday 28 October 2019 Various availabilities Tomaree Peninsula
Monday 4 November 2019 Various availabilities Areas throughout Port Stephens

Council has engaged John Hughson, a well-regarded identity to spend time on the ground with our park, reserve and Landcare groups.  John can offer assistance in the areas of project planning, bush regeneration, identifying local provenance native plants, habitat enhancement, ecological restoration, and community engagement.  In addition to qualifications in Conservation and Land Management, Environmental Management, Horticulture and Workplace Training, John has extensive experience working at a grass-roots community level, with Landcarers across the region, at Trees in Newcastle and with Tocal College.

If you would like John to come out to your group, and the above dates suit, then send an email to volunteerbookings@portstephens.nsw.gov.au and the Volunteers Coordinator will get back to you.



Volunteers Coordinator
Phone 4988 0255
Email volunteers@portstephens.nsw.gov.au