Volunteer Workforces
Supporting both Volunteer Involving Organisations and volunteers to
experience the best outcomes
through volunteering.
Volunteer Workforce Support

This series of workshops and access to mentoring will provide you with the confidence to offer engaging volunteer programs that reflect current trends and best practice.

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Volunteering as an Employment Pathway

Are you looking for paid employment, are you needing current workplace experience? Then volunteering might just be missing the link you have been seeking.

As the Local Jobs provider for the North Eastern Melbourne region we are in a unique position to utilise volunteering as a pathway to employment. We offer several programs that connect the job seeker with Job Providers, business, local training and volunteer involving organisations.

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Supporting Place Based Volunteering

Are you wanting to volunteer but don’t know where to start? We offer a range of workshops to help prepare you to volunteer.

We can also support you into a volunteer role through our online and face to face services.

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Inclusive Volunteering

How inclusive is your volunteer program. Are you an organisation of choice for volunteers. We specialise in supporting organisations to offer inclusive volunteer opportunities through workshops and online training.

We also support volunteers who experience barriers to volunteering to strengthen the success of the volunteer experience.

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Volunteer Workforce Design and Evaluation

Is your volunteer workforce achieving what you had hoped? If not, then let us help.

Healthy volunteer workforces are underpinned with good design and best practice. We understand the enormous pressure on volunteer managers and are here to help ensure that you are working smarter and not just harder.

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Governance for community organisations
Supporting boards and committees of management to ensure organisations are sustainable and well governed.
Strategic Planning, Risk & Financial Management
Supporting organisations to achieve their goals by ensuring healthy risk and financial management and good forward planning.


Hear from people who have used our services

  • Vivienne Cunningham is one of the best facilitators of governance training we have known.  Kerry and I have been directors on boards for over 15 years. This is so important for us as Directors of Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations.  Vivienne presents all her information in a culturally safe environment with no judgment of who we are as Directors.  We feel culturally safe to ask any question to ensure we are meeting our due diligence responsibilities which includes what our roles and responsibilities are as directors and how we can most importantly apply the cultural lens to these roles. 

    Karen Milward and Kerry Arabena
    Chair and Deputy Chair of Kinaway Chamber of Commerce Victoria Ltd and Karen Milward, Chairperson of Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place.

  • The finance training Vivienne took us through really empowered us as Aboriginal directors to ask more questions on the profit and loss and balance sheets which we have otherwise missed in board meeting conversations – we are now more vigilant in our questioning and understanding which empowers us to be the best we can to steer our organisations to meet our strategic planning and governance obligations. 

    Karen Milward and Kerry Arabena
    Chair and Deputy Chair of Kinaway Chamber of Commerce Victoria Ltd and Karen Milward, Chairperson of Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place.

  • We fully recommend to anyone that when you do Vivienne’s training as CEO of EV it will change your life and future direction as a Director on a non-for-profit board.

    Karen Milward and Kerry Arabena
    Chair and Deputy Chair of Kinaway Chamber of Commerce Victoria Ltd and Karen Milward, Chairperson of Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place.

  • “As a small, grass roots organisation we were thrilled to be able to access such useful and positive advice on the governance of our organisation.  The 2 Governance Health Checks I have been involved in provided a firm foundation to build from and gave us confidence in where we are going or where we need to be. We wouldn’t be where we are today without it.”

    Kumari Van de Meer
    Past Chair Yarra Ranges Kindergartens and Swinburne Children’s Centre

  • Feedback from participants of VTCTA members.
    “Very practical guidance - genuine experience and passion for good governance was evident.”
    “I feel that I have been given so much governance training, but this is simply the best I have ever been part of.”
    “I feel confident nominating for a new Committee of Management (board) after undertaking this governance training.”

    Suzanne Phoenix
    Executive Officer VICTAS Community Transport Association (VTCTA)

  • “Viv is outstanding in both her knowledge, experience and capacity to deliver this material that can be extremely daunting in a way that makes everything accessible and easy to understand and apply. A person of the highest integrity! To be commended! Ripper presentation and one that has me almost panicking about how under-planned my PCA committee actually is!”

    Governance workshops delivered in 2021

In the spirit of reconciliation, EV acknowledges the Wurundjeri people as the traditional owners of the land and pays respect to its elders past and present.

We are an inclusive organisation supporting Culturally and Linguistically diverse people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and Asexual Communities.

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