Putting safety first for volunteers

Thinking of volunteers: WASH group's Maggie Dwyer with long-time volunteer Bernadette Northeast and children Charlie, 6, and Edward Northeast, 8. Picture: Amy Paton

Thinking of volunteers: WASH group's Maggie Dwyer with long-time volunteer Bernadette Northeast and children Charlie, 6, and Edward Northeast, 8. Picture: Amy Paton

Arming groups with the knowledge to better care for their volunteers will be the subject of a community breakfast event on Friday.

Warrnambool Area Health and Safety Group (WASH) will host the event and president Maggie Dwyer said it would focus on a subject that was often overlooked.

“People tend to look at volunteers and say ‘oh we’ll just get some volunteers in and do nothing else with them, but they need to be protected and kept as safe as possible no matter what they’re doing,” she said.

Long-time volunteer and volunteer co-ordinator Bernadette Northeast will be one of the speakers, along with Port Fairy Folk Festival’s John Young.

“What I’ll talk about is the tools and templates that are out there to assist groups to manage volunteers and some of the legislative responsibilities they have,” Dr Northeast said.

The breakfast seminar will be held from 7.30am-9am at Southern Way on Fairy Street. To register contact Ms Dwyer on 0417 317 809.

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