EDCC recognises that volunteers are the life-blood of our Club and are essential in ensuring cricket is fun, competitive, social and safe.
Roughly 4.4 million Australians make a difference in their local community by volunteering each year. Without volunteer involvement at all levels of the game, from people supporting first time juniors to the veterans of the game, many communities, clubs and teams would cease to exist.
There are so many ways that you can be involved in cricket - through coaching, umpiring, scoring, administering the game and more.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at EDCC, we’d love to hear from you!
Benefits of Volunteering
- Skill acquisition, such as communication and leadership skills.
- Meeting new people.
- Experiencing new challenges and developing confidence.
- The ability to explore different sorts of careers or job opportunities in a voluntary capacity.
- A written/verbal reference.
- Respect for different people and conditions.
- An increased sense of worth and accomplishment from making a difference.
- A stronger sense of community and decrease in social isolation.
- Learning new skills or using existing skills.
EDCC Volunteer Management Plan Framework
|Recruiting the right people into the right roles at our Club is vital. This can include identifying tasks and roles, the time and number of volunteers required, who does the task and role now, and when will it finish.
|The process of promoting the tasks to be completed, attracting volunteers to do the tasks, screening a volunteer’s suitability to perform the task, selecting and appointing volunteers to roles.
|The process of welcoming volunteers to the Club, informing volunteers of Club policies and procedures, and establishing preferred communication methods.
|Educating volunteers on specific information for the role, and additional learning and development opportunities to enhance knowledge and skills.
|The process of monitoring and providing feedback to the volunteer on performance in achieving the tasks.
|The process of acknowledging a volunteer’s contribution.
|The process of filling vacated positions and the importance of succession planning.
Safeguarding Children and Young People
EDCC is committed to safeguarding children and young people at our Club and adheres to Cricket Australia’s Policy to ensure that we create a safe, fair and inclusive environment for all children and young people.
For further information on Cricket Australia’s Policy for “Safeguarding Children and Young People” please visit https://www.cricketaustralia.com.au/about/safeguarding/safeguarding-kids
Working with Children Check
Further, EDCC adheres to the minimum standard for Clubs and Associations to ensure Cricket is doing everything possible to prevent child related offences.
Under the Act, a person involved in cricket is considered to be engaging in child related work and must apply for a Check if they:
- Work or volunteer in a role that brings them into contact with children under 18; and
- Volunteer or do this work on a regular basis; and
- Do not qualify for one of the exemptions in the legislation.
Previously, those volunteers whose work was directly supervised were exempt from applying for a Working With Children Check. It is important to note that amendments to the Working With Children Act 2005 now state that even if a person’s contact with children as part of their child-related work is supervised by another person, they will still need to apply for a Working With Children Check.
In accordance with Cricket Victoria guidelines, the following exemptions from the legislation apply and EDCC recognises that when volunteering at the Club the following individuals are not required to apply for a Check (subject to appropriate proof being sighted):
- Persons aged under 18.
- Sworn Members of Victoria Police.
- Teachers registered with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (still required to sight the VIT registration and confirm online at www.vit.vic.edu.au)
For information regarding the process of obtaining a Check, please visit the Department of Justice website at www.justice.vic.gov.au/workingwithchildren