Connect2One and Learn2Tech are one hour and fifteen minutes per participant, per week.
Connect2You are two hour sessions. Interests2Enjoy are also two hour sessions. However, you may require additional time to prepare content for In2Games (Trivia) or In2Culture (Travel) for example.
This is the minimum requirement as an Inclusee Volunteer. However, you are more than welcome to dedicate more time if you wish.
Yes. For security reasons, volunteers are required to possess their own equipment, have adequate anti-virus, reliable internet, and a safe place to conduct their volunteering session. Volunteers can use a smart phone, tablet or computer to conduct digital visits. A laptop or computer is recommended for Learn2Tech and Connect2You facilitators.
Yes! Prospective volunteers can undertake more than one role at Inclusee by selecting interested roles on the application form. Active volunteers can also undertake more than one role by contacting the Volunteer Services Team.
Virtual volunteering provides flexibility and supports volunteers in balancing their volunteer role with work, study, family, and other commitments.
Our Connect2One and Learn2Tech programs can offer after hours and weekend sessions, depending on the participant. However, the Connect2You and Interests2Enjoy programs are held during business hours only.
Applicants will have access to our dedicated training hub, which outlines the key duties and responsibilities of our volunteer roles.
A Position Description will be provided if your application is successful. The Position Description also outlines key tasks that you are NOT responsible for delivering.
The Volunteer Handbook will provide further information regarding your role and will be provided upon commencement. However, if you are uncertain about what is required or have any questions or concerns, please contact Volunteer Services via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone on 1800 287 687.
We understand your circumstances may have changed since initially registering. If you require additional time or would like to withdraw your application, please email email@example.com.
If/when your circumstances change, please contact our Volunteer Services team and we will reactivate your application.
Our Virtual volunteer visits occur via Microsoft Teams. Inclusee will provide further information, training guides and login details for successful applicants. In some instances, Digital Visits may be conducted via Skype or Telephone. Interests2Enjoy programs are delivered by Zoom.
Whilst we aim to match a volunteer and participant based on shared interests, it also depends on availability and any preferences. We often find our volunteers and participants enjoy learning and discussing new things, as well as their shared interests.
Applicants are asked during the interview if they have any preferred preferences regarding their potential match so we can find the right fit.
Volunteers and participants can also request a re-match at any stage. This is discussed further at the interview.
This depends on the type of Visa and any restrictions listed on your Visa. It will also depend on how long you will be in Australia. Contact us directly on 1800 287 687 and select option 4 for further information.
Yes, Inclusee is an approved organisation with Centrelink. Unfortunately Inclusee cannot guarantee minimum mutual obligations when registering for the program.
Our ability to support you in meeting your minimum requirements will depend on the number of hours you require, program/role and Participants available. Once you have been offered a role with us and we can meet some or all your mutual obligations, Inclusee will sign your Centrelink form every three months.
If you would like a letter to confirm you have registered for the program and are completing the screening process for your Job Network Provider or for Centrelink, please email Volunteer Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have been a citizen or permanent resident of another country after turning 16, you will be required to complete a Statutory Declaration stating that you have not committed or been convicted of a criminal offence in another country, as well as completing a National Criminal Record Check arranged by Inclusee.
These are requirements of our Government Funding agreement and cannot be waived.
Inclusee will send an email advising of the process and will initiate an invitation link to complete your application, which will be emailed to you from National Crime Check.
All information / ID provided for the check, is submitted directly to National Crime Check. Both you and Inclusee will be notified of the results.
These are requirements of our Government Funding agreement and cannot be waived.
There is no charge for applicants to complete the police check. Inclusee will cover the cost of associated with police check fees, when completing the check through our provider.
Yes, if the police check is less than 3 months old and is for the required category (unsupervised contact with a vulnerable group), the police check may be accepted.
Please note, Inclusee reserves the right to request volunteers to complete a police check through our provider before commencing.
Police checks are currently renewed every three years. However, this is subject to change at the discretion of Inclusee. Volunteers are asked to notify us immediately if there are any changes to their criminal history. We regularly check with our volunteers if there have been any changes to their criminal record. This includes new charges, pending court hearings and new convictions.
Online orientation and training opportunities are available for all applicants. However, it is important to note that participation in these training activities is only mandatory for individuals aspiring to become Learn2Tech Digital Mentors, Connect2You, or Interests2Enjoy Facilitators.
Upon your application's approval, you will be provided with login credentials to access the Inclusee Training Hub.
Inside the Training Hub, you will have access to a diverse range of web-based courses, which cover both general induction and program-specific training like Connect2One. In addition to these courses, you'll find a wealth of valuable resources, and we continuously add new courses throughout the year to enhance your learning experience.
The online training for this role is under two hours and applicants have 7 days to complete.
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We aim to make the process as efficient and streamlined as possible. However, an application may be delayed if:
Inclusee conducts video interviews. The interview will be held via Microsoft Teams or in some instances, Zoom. You will require approximately 30 minutes for the interview. During the interview, our team will provide an overview of the program and process, learn more about you and your motivation for joining Inclusee, discuss the matching process and answer any questions you may have.
Once you have completed the application process, including any training (if required), our team will contact you to arrange an interview. Once an application is received, we aim to interview our applicants as quickly as possible.
During the screening process, we will be looking for a potential match, subject to application outcome. You will receive an application update once you have completed the screening process.
We will inform you in writing if your application has been successful or unsuccessful. If successful, you will receive confirmation regarding a match (if a match is available).
You will also receive a Microsoft Teams login (if volunteering in our Connect2One and Learn2Tech program) and/or a link to join our Connect2You or Interest2Enjoy program for Facilitator roles.
You will also be provided with additional information to support you in your role, including the login details for the Polixen Workers App, to log your shifts.
Most of our participants are starting from the absolute basics. Usually we start with getting them familiar with using the device such as turning it on and off and usage movements such as tapping and swiping. The first foundation is usually helping them set up an email address. Other interests include learning social media (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter), how to use Google to search, using YouTube to find videos, downloading apps and video calling programs/apps.
We will advise of the Participant's Learn2Tech goals during the matching process. If you are not comfortable with the learning topic, we will find you another suitable match.
No. If you are comfortable with technology we can guide you and provide assistance with different operating systems (Apple vs Android).
You can contact our Volunteer Services Team and alert them to the issue. If Volunteer Services is unable to resolve the technical issue, we will coordinate support and provide you with updates throughout the process.
Interests2enjoy are 2-hour weekly Zoom sessions, facilitated by a volunteer for a small group of participants. We will provide you with the Zoom account details for the sessions.
No experience is required. Ideally you are confident in a group setting, patient, and happy to have fun! Our participants love to join in and engage with the group.
Our Connect2You (C2Y) program empowers participants to drop-in for a chat with a volunteer/s on duty, when they are feeling isolated and lonely. The program offers greater flexibility and choice, enabling participants to drop-in for 5 minutes or stay online for 5 hours if they want too.
Our Connect2You sessions are facilitated through our Virtual Community Centre (hosted on Zoom), during business hours.
Important information to note:
- We aim to roster two volunteers per shift, where possible.
- We cannot guarantee how many participants will join during a shift.
- Most C2Y shifts are a minimum of 2 hours unless otherwise indicated.
No. As long as you make us aware from the beginning that you need someone who is flexible with day and time, we can find a participant who is happy to work with that. We have many shift workers who require flexibility.
It is important you are adding the details exactly as it appears on your email with the login details. Please note the following:
With some devices, the app screen does not quite fit. In order to submit your job note, if you are stuck on the note with the keyboard showing, you will need to press anywhere that is not in the text box. This will minimise your keyboard. If you cannot see the red 'Add Job Notes' button, you may need to scroll down slightly on the screen to reveal the button at the bottom of your device screen.
The manual time wheel is very sensitive. We suggest you use the 'use scheduled times’ button', then press on 'check in time' to bring up the time wheel. It is sometimes less sensitive, but ensure you are selecting AM/PM, as this can change easily and create issues for you recording the time if it is incorrect. If you fulfilled your normal hour but it wasn’t at the time listed on the app, this is okay, just use the scheduled time. The duration is what is important to our recording systems, not the actual physical time it took place.
Please refer to the Cancellation Policy, which was sent to you with your login in details. Ensure you add job notes indicating if more than 24 hours notice was given on the cancellation or if less than 24 hours notice was given and the reason for the cancellation. Please add in a 5-minute scheduled time slot, so it brings it to our attention.
We still count this, as you called them at your scheduled time with the intention of doing your session. Please record this by using the 'Use Scheduled Times' button and place a job note stating you phoned the participant but there was no answer.
Whilst we are committed to keeping administration at a minimum for our volunteers, we have legal, reporting, safety and ethical requirements, resulting in a small administration component.
This includes logging visits/shifts and missed visits/shifts in the Polixen Workers App.
Most organisations have a sign-in and out system in place onsite for the safety of staff, visitors and volunteers; even though we have a team of virtual volunteers, we are also required to uphold this.
Reasons for logging shifts include but are limited to:
All entries are checked by the 5th of the following month.
If you cannot use the app or do not have a smart device, please inform Volunteer Services.
The administration is factored into your volunteer role, with 15 minutes per week allocated to administration (it generally takes 5 minutes or less to complete each week).
By working with us, you are helping us continue providing much-needed services to our participants and achieving our mission to reduce isolation and loneliness.
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Inclusee is a not-for-profit charity connecting older Australians, First Nations people and volunteers via engaging digital programs in a virtual community.
At Inclusee we acknowledge and respect Elders past present and future of the Turrbal people, on whose land our head office is located. We also acknowledge the many First Nations language groups of the lands on which we work and connect as the traditional custodians of those lands. We acknowledge their stories and traditions and commit to working together to further our mission of connection.
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