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JCCV - JEWISH CARE VOLUNTEER ‘ONE STOP SHOP’ REPORT FINDINGS

JCCV - JEWISH CARE VOLUNTEER ‘ONE STOP SHOP’ REPORT FINDINGS

04 December 2012

A feasibility study by Jewish Care Victoria and Jewish Community Council of Victoria (JCCV) to gauge the interest of Jewish community organisations in the development of a culturally-specific Volunteer Resource Centre (VRC) has been completed.

The concept of developing a Jewish VRC was based on the suggestion that a ‘one stop shop’ would facilitate and streamline the recruitment and matching of local volunteers to community organisations, making it a ‘win-win’ for all stakeholders.

Bill Appleby, Chief Executive Officer, Jewish Care said: “Volunteers make a valuable contribution to society from both an economic and social perspective, yet nearly half of the respondents who participated in the survey indicated that recruiting suitable volunteers can be extremely challenging and time consuming.”

Up to 60 Jewish organisations were invited to participate in the survey.

Key findings highlighted that organisations would benefit from additional training in the area of volunteer management and from expanding its volunteer base.

Almost half of respondents said that they did not have established practices for volunteer recruitment, however, a majority revealed that they would not be prepared to pay a fee to utilise the full range of services that could be offered through a Jewish community volunteer resource centre.

Nina Bassat AM, President, JCCV, said there was a clear dichotomy between the desire to have a communal volunteer pool and the unwillingness or inability to pay for such a service.

Bassat said, “Whilst most of the participating organisations understood the value of a sound, professionally trained volunteer base and how this could enhance their organisation, the majority of the organisations felt that it was preferable to proceed with the current ad hoc method of obtaining volunteers, rather than making a financial investment in the VRC.”

Mr Appleby said that whilst there was plenty of positive interest and support in the project, based on the extensive research in the report, implementation of the VRC would not proceed. He said “a significant proportion of the organisations surveyed indicated that they were not prepared to pay a fee or not in a position to support the project financially”.

Mr Appleby and Mrs Bassat AM, both said they will keep open the idea of supporting organisations through recruiting, training and managing volunteers.

For further information, contact:

Bill Appleby, Chief Executive Officer, Jewish Care

Nina Bassat AM, JCCV, President on 9272 5566 or Jo Silver on 9272 5642.

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