The Skilled Volunteer Meet is an annual networking and ‘speed dating’ event held in October each year.

The purpose of the event is to connect professionals with skilled volunteer projects as well as Board and Committee roles with local community organisations.

During the night, community organisations pitch their skilled volunteer projects or roles to local professionals.

Testimonials from skilled volunteers

Darcy Bishop

Offered her marketing and organisational skills to assist Boroondara Stroke Support Group

Darcy Bishop attended the 2018 Skilled Volunteer Meet to strengthen her skills and explore new opportunities.

“At the Skilled Volunteer Meet I chatted to a range of community organisations and found a role helping a wonderful community organisation with their daily operations in reaching out to the greater community with their messages and cause,” said Darcy.

The skilled professional is grateful for the experience of lending her professional skills to a community organisation.

Volunteering has made a huge impact to my self confidence. I have been able to meet like minded people who are open, friendly and care about what is happening around them.

Testimonials from community organisations

Hugh Stern, Operations Manager, Burke and Beyond 

"The Skilled Volunteer Meet - where we met skilled volunteer David - could not have come at a better time for us. In developing our communications and marketing strategy, we identified the need for more high quality images to use in social media and for our new website and marketing material.  After delivering a pitch to the professionals in the room, I was approached by photographer David who was keen to offer his skills to meet this need.

“Following the event, David and I met a few times to scope out a photographer volunteer role. I also introduced him to each team and service so that he could make contact with them and take photos at a time that was mutually convenient.

"The volunteer project has been successful for a number of reasons. Importantly, it has been a win-win as Burke and Beyond now have more great photos to promote the services we provide, and David has increased his professional networks and put his photography skills to good use.

"We also developed the volunteer role together which meant that we were clear about the end goal - usable images for marketing material - so that we can better promote Burke and Beyond. We also made sure the role was flexible, so David could take photos of our services in action at a time that suited both services and him."

Pari, Manager, Community Support, Camcare 

“Through the Skilled Volunteer Meet, we were connected to local professional Ian Wong. His extensive experience in applying digital capabilities to transform organisations as a partner in a large technology firm was exactly what we needed as we transitioned our Broadband for Seniors program to a new yet similar program called Be Connected.

“Professionals such as Ian have added so much value to our organisation. Without initiatives such as the Boroondara Volunteer Skills Bank and the Skilled Volunteer Meet we can be limited in our ability to improve the delivery of our programs and events. Fresh perspectives and new skills are always welcomed - and it’s great to be able to provide opportunities for local professionals to contribute in meaningful ways.”

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