The Boroondara Volunteer Skills Bank matches skilled residents with local short term volunteer projects and roles.
Since the launch of the Skills Bank in late 2017, over 160 professionals have signed up to offer their skills and experience to make a difference locally.
Meet our volunteers
Meet some of the skilled volunteers offering their professional expertise to local community organisations as part of the Boroondara Volunteer Skills Bank.
Emma Rigby, Master of International Business
Offered her grant writing skills to assist Kew home of Chinese
“I liked the idea of skilled volunteering as I wanted to volunteer my time and skills to benefit the community but I wasn’t interested in your ‘typical traditional’ volunteer role. What drew me to this volunteer opportunity was that I could utilise my skills from university and gain practical experience.”
“I found the role to be very rewarding and interesting as the role enabled me to learn about the community and community groups. The Kew Home of the Chinese were so appreciative for my help and I really enjoyed learning about their cultural experiences, given my international studies degree.
If you’re looking to volunteer your skills and gain experience, don’t be scared to jump in as the organisation will support you in your volunteer role.
Ian Wong, business and IT professional
Offered his professional skills and experience to Yarra River Keeper Association and Camcare
Using his professional expertise gained as a partner at a large technology company, Ian recently volunteered his skills on a number of local projects.
“I am currently working with Camcare to transition their Broadband For Seniors program to the Department of Social Service’s BeConnected program which addresses digital inclusion for seniors.
"Before that I worked with the Yarra River Keeper Association to develop their initial draft of the strategy over a 5 week period through a series of workshops. Since then, I have joined the Yarra River Keeper Association Committee, and I am also chairing the Member and Community Engagement Sub-Committee.”
Volunteering can be more than just back office duties and delivering services - project driven volunteering is meaningful to people like me who want to use their skills to make a difference locally.
As a result of contributing my skills as a volunteer, I feel more connected to the local community.
David Lanigan, photographer
Offered his photography skills to Burke and Beyond
“I have taken photos of participants in Burke and Beyond’s programs which have been used to promotional purposes on social media and the new website.
"Burke and Beyond have been really flexible with my university schedule so I have organised the photo shoots at times that have been mutually beneficial for me and program participants.
"The people who utilise the service and the staff are all so wonderful - I have really enjoyed being part of the team.”
I am studying psychology and am interested in gaining experience in the disability sector so I thought I’d offer my photography skills.
Hans Carlborg, business, sales and marketing professional
Offered his skills to facilitate a strategic planning workshop for Ashburton Community Centre.
"In preparing for the 1 day workshop with the Manager and Committee of Governance to discuss Ashburton Community Centre’s strategic plan for the next five years, I learnt a lot about the Neighbourhood House sector and its positive impact in the community.
"By the end of the workshop, we developed four goals for the Centre, with four objectives for each, and had a revised mission and vision statement.
"As a Rotarian, I am also interested in encouraging other Rotarians to offer their professional skills to make a difference in the local community as well.”
I am passionate about making good projects great in Boroondara. I was motivated to do this project because I want to give back and be part of the community in which I live. I saw this as an opportunity to do so.
Peter May, business owner
Offered his business development, IT and governance skills to Canterbury Neighbourhood Centre
"I was looking to volunteer my skills and become more involved in my community. So when I discovered that my local Neighbourhood Centre in Canterbury was looking for a new Chair, I decided to apply.
"I have been inspired by the way Neighbourhood Centres bring people together to learn and connect - from organising book circles and walking groups, to upholstery classes and playgroups, Neighbourhood Centres break down barriers and bring communities together. That's something I want to be part of.
"In the three months I have been involved I have worked with the Board and the Manager to update the Constitution, set up subcommittees and discussed how we can improve the website.
"We have also begun to develop a new five year strategic plan, which I am really looking forward to implementing."
I want to feel like I am part of a small and connected village, even though I live in a huge city. Offering my skills as a volunteer is one way I am doing this.
I have been able to apply my professional experience in business development, governance, IT, finance, management and strategic planning to this role and in the process, to meet some wonderful new people.
Offered her skills in social media and copywriting to support Kew Community Festival.
“When I first arrived in Australia from Romania about two years ago, I was looking for ways to feel connected and part of the community. I was also keen to expand my knowledge of Australian culture and add value by sharing my skills. The volunteer social media and website maintenance role with Kew Community Festival ticked all the boxes I was looking for.”
A highlight for Cristina was seeing the Kew Community Festival’s website and social media presence transform. She also loved working with the team and getting to know a new group of people in Australia.
I have always been a volunteer in some way – it is a big part of who I am as a person. Volunteering helps you to grow as a person – it is satisfying to see the difference you can make.