Program testimonials

What mentors and mentees are saying about the Volunteer Managers Mentor Program

Maddy Dowling, City of Melbourne and Monica Smyrek, Jesuit Social Services

“I learnt more about myself, my goals and my strengths being part of this program. Participating allowed me to gain practical skills and support around some areas I was feeling challenged in.” Maddy Dowling, City of Melbourne [Read the full article]

“I see the benefits in supporting and guiding someone new in the profession by developing skills that are core to success but also developing the passion and dedication that we see in our very best managers of volunteers in the sector. The diversity of management and leadership skills along with a huge array of program types and industries provides a rich personal development opportunity and mentoring helps support someone in that journey.” Monica Smyrek, Jesuit Social Services [Read the full article]

Emma Cotsell, Jewish Museum

“Conflict Managers, Change Managers, HR Managers, Health and Safety Officers, Counsellors, Trainers, Instructional designers, Taxi drivers, Cashiers, Hustlers, Mediators…and potentially resuscitators!

The wearer of many masks, only the Manager of volunteers understands the importance of networking and sharing our skills and knowledge in order to nurture the growth of our profession and of the standard of volunteering in Australia.

When we come together on a good day we are commiserating, on a great day we are inspiring, and on a bad day we are downright complaining – the point is we do come together and benefit from the support of someone who just ‘gets it’.

The Volunteer Victoria mentorship program has been a valuable opportunity for early career professionals to connect with experienced managers to workshop ideas, trouble shoot concerns and benefit from their lessons learnt. I’m sure we’ve all approached some of the same big issues: Training and Induction, budgets, policy development, recruitment, what to do with ageing volunteers and how on earth does volunteer insurance work?

Setting realistic goals and having a plan or sense of what we’d like to achieve was a helpful starting point, as well as gaining an understanding of the volunteer programs in the mentor and mentee’s organisation. For me the greatest benefit of a program like this, which is supported by a peak body, is definitely the potential for strengthening links and support networks within our profession, and ensuring the valuable expertise of experienced managers is shared with early professionals, who continue to face new challenges as the volunteering sector evolves.

Thank you Volunteer Victoria on behalf of the inaugural mentees, for this valuable learning opportunity, and to all our mentors who have given time to share their passion, knowledge and ideas so that we can continue to grow the quality and capacity of VIO’s, for the millions of people who benefit from them.”

Other testimonials

“When you are mentoring someone who is quite new to volunteering you have a unique opportunity to revisit the process you went through when you set up Volunteering Programs and you see it from a different perspective.”

“I think we sometimes forget when we are part of an institution that has many experts in all sorts of fields that we can be leaders in our own field.”

“Thank you Volunteer Victoria on behalf of the inaugural mentees, for this valuable learning opportunity, and to all our mentors who have given time to share their passion, knowledge and ideas so that we can continue to grow the quality and capacity of VIO’s, for the millions of people who benefit from them.”

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