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Volunteering and Covid-19

Volunteer Connect

Wanting to help in a crisis is a natural reaction. You might already be helping your neighbour by buying them groceries or calling people you know to check-in on their well-being.

During these challenging times, it is important that we take care of ourselves and others. Please consider the government guidelines before you help your neighbour, or an elderly person or take part in other informal volunteering activities in the community.

​If you know people in your community who may be vulnerable and can contact them safely (e.g. phone call) just let them know that you are available.

Social distancing does not mean we can’t still be connected with our communities.

To stay connected to community during this time, please follow Connect Warrnambool on Facebook

Are you looking for volunteers?

Volunteer Connect provides support and guidance to organisations and community groups that involve volunteers in their work, and provides a volunteer matching service to bring together volunteer roles, and volunteers to fill them.

Volunteer Connect wishes to hear from any community group or organisation looking for volunteers during Covid19. Please contact us at the email address below to discuss how we can assist you to find the right volunteer to meet your needs.  

For more information, please contact Volunteer Connect by emailing volunteer [at] warrnambool [dot] vic [dot] gov [dot] au.

General kindness and compassion tips

Now more than ever, we need to work together as a resilient community, stay connected and be kind.
We know that many of you may be feeling isolated and overwhelmed and we want to remind you of the importance of asking for help and also the power of compassion.
Below is a list of activities that you can do safely to support one-another during this uncertain time:

  • Pick up the phone and call someone who you think may be feeling lonely or scared.
  • Support one of our local businesses by purchasing a gift voucher for when we gain some normality again, shop local online, or grab some take-home meals or a coffee – take a look at The Standard’s list of local business still operating
  • Be kind and patient with the extraordinary people working on the frontline (petrol stations, supermarkets, medical facilities and chemists).
  • Offer to do the shopping or cook a meal for someone you know who needs it.
  • Importantly, focus on your own self-care – stay active, go for a walk, read a book, learn a new craft, watch a feel-good movie or listen to your favourite music.
  • Have a virtual catch-up with your mates, play board games, chat about what you’ve been doing or just watch TV together.

We are all in this together – let’s support one another and get through this as the resilient community that we are.


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