Training for community organisations
Training for staff and volunteers is an important consideration for any organisation. For some roles, training is essential but it can also motivate volunteers and help them to achieve and maintain satisfaction in their role. If you or your volunteers need formal training, this can be a great way to boost skills, while gaining recognised qualifications.
Types of training
Some of the types of training available include:
- best practice in volunteer management
- grants and fundraising
- boards, governance and leadership
- finance, insurance and risk management
- people management
- strategic planning, review and revitalisation
- community engagement and advocacy
- information technology
- marketing and media
- communication and team building.
There are a number of providers that deliver a range of non-accredited and accredited training opportunities. You can find courses through:
- Our Community - provides advice, connections, training and easy-to-use tech tools for people and organisations working to build stronger communities.
- Volunteering SA&NT - provides customised training for volunteers, volunteer managers and the not for profit sector, specialising in skill development for both volunteers and volunteer managers, and offering training on governance, rights and responsibilities for boards and committees.
- Northern Volunteering and Southern Volunteering offer a range of training opportunities for potential and current volunteers, organisations, volunteer managers and coordinators.
- Volunteer resource centres - sometimes offer training to support volunteer managers and coordinators in their day-to-day roles and for ongoing professional development.
- TAFE SA - offers courses to suit different skill levels.
- Search for a subsidised course that suits you at WorkReady.
If your organisation delivers training to volunteers or would like to deliver training, the WorkReady website contains useful information about delivery of training in South Australia and government subsidies.
Training courses can be used by community organisations to enhance the skills of their volunteers, or as a pathway to gain formal recognition of prior learning when delivered by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).
Volunteers who participate in recognition of prior learning processes can gain credit towards further studies in volunteer management at the tertiary level. Please note that most RTOs will charge a fee to deliver this training.
A number of resources are available for organisations to use for training purposes. This includes materials for organisations to run their own workshops, as well as an online cultural awareness training course.
Cultural Awareness in Volunteering Programs workshop
This workshop is for staff and volunteers within the organisation. Download the workshop materials:
- Invitation template: Cultural Awareness in Volunteering
- Adaptation checklist: Cultural Awareness in Volunteering
- Run sheet: Cultural Awareness in Volunteering
- Facilitation process: Cultural Awareness in Volunteering
- Workshop presentation: Cultural Awareness in Volunteering
- Feedback and evaluation sheet: Cultural Awareness in Volunteering
Volunteering in Australia workshop
This workshop is for individuals and communities who are recent arrivals to Australia. Download the workshop materials:
- Invitation template: Volunteering in Australia
- Adaptation checklist: Volunteering in Australia
- Run sheet: Volunteering in Australia
- Facilitation process: Volunteering in Australia
- Workshop presentation: Volunteering in Australia
- Feedback and evaluation sheet: Volunteering in Australia
Free online cultural awareness training
The Office for Volunteers has a free online cultural awareness training module for community organisations and volunteers, comprising a Training facilitator manual complete with PowerPoint slides and participant handouts. The module includes two introductory cultural training workshops.