Arabic Speaking Volunteers Needed

TAFE Shellharbour is currently looking for volunteers to assist with general translation and settlement (help students to understand bills, letters/emails from Centrelink, extended forms such as those from childcare centres, etc) for a number of Arabic-speaking refugees (mostly from Syria and Iraq) current studying English at the TAFE.

Volunteers who could also assist in the classroom, interpreting the teacher’s explanation of a grammar point would also be helpful in helping students’ grasp of the English language.

If there are any individuals or organisations who may be able to assist in this way, Shellharbour TAFE would be very grateful to hear from you.

Please contact Helen Wood | 4295 2105

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Play Safe Volunteers


Do you love online communities? Do you love talking about sex? Do you love educating and supporting others?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you might be interested in an exciting professional development opportunity.

NSW Health is looking for volunteers to help moderate a new, interactive, online community for people aged 15-29 to ask questions and receive information about safer sex, STIs, and contraceptives.

We’re looking for a few young men and women with excellent communication skills, who are comfortable talking about tough subjects, and a have a couple of hours to spare each week to apply to become volunteer moderators.

You’d be part of the community management team helping create a fun and safe space by:

  • responding to users
  • starting new conversations
  • hosting community events
  • approving, editing, or deleting user comments in line with the Community Guidelines

Your Commitment: As all Play Safe volunteers will receive ongoing training and mentoring, this opportunity is a 12-month commitment where you’ll be volunteering for a minimum of two hours and up to four hours per week.


To find out more and apply, grab your CV and references, and head over to or if you have any question give Gemma Hearnshaw a call on 02 9382 7528.


Illawarra Forum’s Governance Training Series

Illawarra Forum

WHS for Board Members

This training will emphasise the importance of an engaged board and staff who feel equipped to recognise and pre-empt health and safety risks in the workplace.

  • Understand what WHS means and how it applies in the workplace
  • Recognise and preventing workplace risks
  • Understand the duties of directors and officers and how they and their organisations may be liable for breaches of the WHS laws

When: Wed 27/5/15, 5pm-7:30pm

Where: Oak Flats     Click here for online registration

When: Wed 17/6/15, 11:00 – 1:30pm

Where: Nowra            Click here for online registration

Cost: $25 or $20 (Illawarra Forum Members)

Trainer: Dr Linda Tucker, Illawarra Legal Centre 

Financial Training for Board Members

Everything you need to know about finance to be an active member on your board. This is not just for treasurers, it is essential training for all board members.

  • The importance of financial competence as a board member
  • Budget essentials
  • How to read Income and Expenditure report and the Balance Sheet
  • Why cash flow is important
  • Using simple financial ratios to predict the future

When: Wed 1/7/15, 9:15 – 4:30pm

Where: Oak Flats

Cost: $225 or $180 (Illawarra Forum Members)

Trainer: Morri Young, Accounting for Good         

Registration: Click here for online registration

Develop and Implement Board Induction Programs

  • The purpose and value of effective board induction processes
  • Outline the key sector, organizational and program knowledge components for inclusion in induction processes
  • Identify what knowledge and skill development needs to be covered in induction for board members
  • Develop, monitor and evaluate board induction programs for your organisation

When: 2/6/15, 9:30am – 1:00pm

Where: Oak Flats

Cost: $115 or $90 (IF Members)

Trainer: Glen Sorensen, Age Communications                  

Registration: click here for online registration


NSW Volunteering

Volunteers, those who don’t currently volunteer, and organisations that benefit from the work of volunteers are all invited to participate in a community conversation on volunteering in NSW.

These conversations will explore:
•       What kind of experience do we want as volunteers?
•       How is that different from what we experience at the moment as volunteers?
•       What are some of the things that need to happen in our community for volunteers to get the experience they want?

The outcome of these conversations will help guide local action on improving the volunteer experience, and will contribute to national conversations on strengthening volunteering and the definition of volunteering.

If you would like to participate online, you can complete an online survey here.

ASK Illawarra Shoalhaven

ASkWhat is it?

Ask Illawarra Shoalhaven is a community day of engagement to be held on Thursday 12th February 2015. On this day hundreds of volunteers from across the region will be out in their communities asking community members to share their views on the kind of community they want to live in.

Volunteers will be in community centres, parks, shopping areas, on the streets and anywhere that people gather. The information gathered from community members will:

  • start a new style of ongoing conversation with communities;
  • be gathered and then analysed by a researcher;
  • used to inform the development of strategies that best meet the wants and needs of communities across the Illawarra Shoalhaven;
  • augment and enhance existing community engagement processes used by local governments in developing community strategic plans.

We are encouraging individuals, groups, business and organisations across the Illawarra Shoalhaven to get involved in Ask Illawarra Shoalhaven, in the following ways:

  1. Volunteering your time
    We are looking for volunteers of all ages, cultural backgrounds and experiences from communities across the Illawarra and Shoalhaven to give at least one hour of your time on Thursday 12th February 2015. On the day we ask that you work with someone else to survey community members using four set questions. You can ask people you work with, in public places, in a group you are part of, anywhere in the local area. We are also looking for volunteers to type up the information we receive so that it can be analysed. You will need to participate in a 1 hour training session in your local area between 2nd – 6th February 2015, details of which will be provided by the contact people below.
  2. Being a part of the conversation
    On Thursday 12th February 2015, look for a volunteer in your community with the #ASK identification, have a chat with them and share your views on the kind of community you want to live in.

Who is organising it?

Led by the Illawarra Regional Community Development Consortium, neighbourhood centres and community organisations across the Illawarra Shoalhaven will be recruiting and supporting volunteers, hosting the training and collecting the information gathered.

Where can I get more information or sign up as a volunteer?


Elizabeth Brassaud, Bulli Community Centre | 4284 7006 |


Michael Szafraniec, Careways Community | 1300 307 902 or 4262 1918 |


Sharon Parker, North Kiama Neighbourhood Centre | 4237 8422 |


Maxine Edwards, Shoalhaven Neighbourhood Services | 4421 5077 |

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