Endeavour becomes first charity to offer education to volunteers

Endeavour Foundation has become the first not-for-profit organisation in Australia to offer nationally-recognised training to volunteers, including our 350+ volunteers in Brisbane, in recognition of the vital role they play.

The announcement of the plan could not have come at a more appropriate time –National Volunteers’ Week – during which Endeavour formally acknowledges the vital efforts of its more than 1,200 volunteers throughout Queensland and New South Wales.

Provided by Endeavour Business College, the qualifications not only ensure Endeavour is able to offer the best disability services in Australia, can give a tangible, long-term benefit to their most dedicated volunteers.

Currently, volunteers are able to access a Certificate IV in Disability, but further courses will be available in coming years.

Endeavour’s Organisational & Employee Development Manager, Ed Madigan, said the course helped volunteers develop skills that will benefit clients.

“Over 1,200 volunteers work across the organisation undertaking a variety of roles including in Endeavour Recycled Clothing stores, assisting Endeavour Foundation Industries’ supported employees, and assisting clients with their daily needs such as shopping and cooking.

Ed acknowledged the support of the Department of Education and Training for the funding which have helped make the volunteer training program a reality.

In addition to thanking its individual volunteers, Endeavour also praised the many organisations who selected the Foundation as beneficiary of their corporate volunteering programs.

The employees of organisations like Ernst & Young, nab, Deloitte, Brisbane City Council, Logan City Council and Queensland Rail have donated thousands of hours of their time to Endeavour.

Large companies are increasingly facilitating their staff to volunteer as a way not only to fulfil their social responsibility but also engage and motivate staff and encourage team work.