Corporate & Employee Volunteer Programs/Community Skills Bank is all about local voluntary groups providing businesses with opportunities to develop their staff, and businesses helping local voluntary groups to opportunities to develop their staff, and businesses helping local voluntary groups to improve their service to the community.
Local Community Need.
To serve the community effectively, local non-profit organisations, charities and community groups need to perform many of the same activities as a business: for example designing a website, negotiating a lease, setting up accounting procedures, developing a business plan, or promoting their service. Local community groups are often unable to afford the necessary skills to complete these activities.
Many companies have a framework of core skills and competencies required by successful employees. These will usually include:
Listening, negotiating, managing others, and developing effective teams
Self management and achieving objectives on time
Analysing, thinking, and communicating clearly in writing and verbally
Financial and budgeting skills
Many of these personal skills are best developed through experience rather than classroom training.
How can the Community Skills Bank help?
Through the Skills Bank, businesses can find a community project which will provide an employee or employees with the experience needed for personal and team skills development and help the local community. Projects are short, one-off, and usually completed over a period of less than 3 months.
A community project can be a particularly effective training and development tool because employees:
Have to adjust to an unfamiliar environment
Have to depend on their own initiative and take decisions
Have the opportunity to learn from different management styles
Are motivated to succeed because the project is for the local community, and gain
personal satisfaction as well as confidence from completing a new challenge
Develop “people” skills.
In addition, through the Skills Bank, businesses can realise the benefits of giving something back to the local community, enhancing their local reputation, and building relationships with the local community.
Community Skills Bank is a way for Volunteers & Businesses to connect and exchange skills with Community Oganisations. Busselton Dunsborough Volunteer Centre will act in a coordinating liaison role for Community Skills Bank projects providing efficient on-going communication between volunteers, business and community organisations.
Community Groups: Advertise your short term, one-off, targeted or skill specific projects and volunteer opportunities on our web site and in our office.
Volunteers: Utilise your specific skill base to assist Community Organisations with their projects and access flexible, short-term volunteering opportunities. Community Skills Bank allows you to volunteer to suit your lifestyle.
Business: Link with community organisations to assist with their projects via an Employee Volunteering Program (EVP). Encourage employees to utilise their specialist skills and knowledge. Enhance your workplace via volunteering.
Organisations register your project (For organisations that require volunteers for one-off, short term or targeted skill specific projects).
Volunteers register your skills and interest (For volunteers whose skills match the organisations' requirements or to register your specific skills.