Last updated 29/05/2020
- Your health and safety is vitally important.
- You have every right to cease volunteering for a period at any time, for any reason, if you choose.
- Communicate with your volunteering organisation to ensure:
- They know your plans
- You know their plans
- The impact of any changes can be managed
- Keep in touch with your volunteer organisation so that the valuable connections and contributions you have made can resume, when the situation changes.
- For your protection, consider volunteering for existing and established Volunteer Involving Organisations.
- This resource provides more information about Informal Volunteering Groups.
- Online and remote volunteering tasks are completed online and interaction is through a digital platform and/or via email. This form of volunteering allows for volunteer tasks to be completed away from a voluntary organisation, such as at home. There are a growing number of volunteer roles in these areas.
- Find out about online volunteering opportunities currently available here.
- And don’t forget to look after yourself and ask for help if you need it.
- It’s a stressful time for everyone and changes in your volunteering schedule may add to this.
- There are resources available to help everyone look after their mental health including this one that you might find helpful https://www.beyondblue.org.au/the-facts/looking-after-your-mental-health-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak
- Some people volunteer to satisfy the Australian Government "mutual obligation" requirements. These requirements have been suspended until 1 June 2020 and will progressively return. Find out more here.
I AM A VOLUNTEER, AM I OBLIGED TO CONTINUE VOLUNTEERING?
Volunteers are under no obligation to continue to volunteer if they do not feel comfortable doing so. If you do attend your volunteering role then your Volunteer Involving Organisation has an obligation under Work Health and Safety Laws to provide protections around health and safety. You may wish to have a conversation with the organisation about different ways you can still contribute as a volunteer e.g. working remotely or virtual volunteering.