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Volunteering & Mentoring

Volunteering in the Golden Plains

Volunteer Training Program

The Golden Plains Shire has worked in partnership with the Haddon Community Learning Centre on their "2015 Volunteer Training Program." The program is open to all volunteers in Golden Plains Shire. Whether you deliver community transport, meals on wheels or are from a local sporting club, committee of management or other community group there’s sure to be something to interest you on your training journey. These training sessions are designed to further develop your skills and provide support in your role. We look forward to meeting you!

Click here to download the Volunteer Training Road Map

Volunteer Officer Skills Training Course at Haddon Community Learning Centre

Dates: Every Tuesday from 21 July to 25 August (5 hours per week for 6 weeks)
Location: The Well, Smythesdale Business, Health and Community Hub, 19 Heales Street, Smythesdale
Time: 10.00am – 3.00pm
Provider: Haddon Community Learning Centre
Cost: $140 (BYO lunch, tea and coffee provided)
In this course, volunteers will develop team work ability in two different workplace office environments, learn reception and customer service skills, and brush up on telephone and computer skills. On completion attendees will receive a certificate of participation and a letter of referral will be available upon request.

To register: Please contact Joan Coker on 5342 7050 or


This course is funded by Adult Community & Further Education.



Victoria's Volunteering Portal

More than 1.5 million Victorians volunteer their time, skills and experience, and in one way or another make a huge contribution to our local communities. Victoria’s Volunteering Portal is a free online resource to support volunteering in Victoria.



Seek Volunteer 


Finding Volunteer Positions Across Victoria

SEEK Volunteer is a non-profit initiative designed to make volunteering easier. It brings Volunteers and volunteering organisations together.

Volunteer Training

Many volunteering positions don't need any specialist skills. For those roles that do need special skills volunteering organisations may offer training for volunteers to help them in their roles. They may also offer more general training such as induction programs and in-house training sessions as well as formal courses and skills development.

The type of training offered by an organisation will often depend on the type of work that its volunteers are involved in.

These pages look at the typical kinds of training that volunteers undertake, either formally or informally, as part of their volunteer program.

Select a topic to find out more

What training do I need?
Where can I get training?



Local Community Volunteer Opportunities

In your local community you may find opportunities to volunteer your services in a variety of ways. Check local newsletters and websites.

Also check your local organisations for volunteer training sessions and options to gain skills such as those provided at "Learn Local" organisations and other Neighbourhood Houses and Community Centres in your area.




What is Mentoring?

'Mentoring' is used to describe various
programs and/or relationships, whether
formal or informal, which aim to build
the skills or wellbeing of a young person
through the input and/or assistance of
another person who has more skills,
experience and knowledge.

Mentoring may occur either as natural
mentoring, when a sustained relationship
develops naturally between a coach,
teacher, neighbour, or other adult and a
young person, or as planned mentoring,
when a relationship is purposefully created
to help a young person who may otherwise
not have the access he or she needs to
the wisdom and support of a caring adult.
Planned or formal mentoring can take
several forms including:

  • traditional mentoring (one adult to one young person);
  • group mentoring (one adult working with a small number of young people);
  • team mentoring (several adults working with small groups of young people);
  • peer mentoring (caring youth mentoring
  • other youth); and e-mentoring (mentoring via email and the internet). 

Mentoring can take place in a wide range
of settings including schools, faith-based
organisations, a community setting, a
workplace, a youth justice setting or in the
virtual community.

Haddon Community Learning Centre and other Neighbourhood Houses and Community Centres are always on the lookout for people who are willing to share their skills so call them to discuss the opportunities.