Volunteering Wingecarribee Inc. is a not-for-profit incorporated association that operates as Wingecarribee Volunteer Centre or Volwing, the volunteer resource organisation in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales.

The Hon Pru Goward is Patron of Volwing. The association is governed by a Board of Directors. The Centre is managed by an executive Manager, Helen Wooby. The remaining staff in the office are volunteers.

We recruit volunteers and refer them to our client organisations in the community. We match skills with opportunities and we organise training for volunteers and clients where required. We advocate and promote the benefits of volunteering and develop partnerships with like-minded organisations. We raise funds to enable us to implement innovative volunteering programs that go beyond our core business of recruiting and placing.

To lead the way in our region towards improving the professionalism of the volunteering sector and the management of volunteers.

We believe in providing diverse volunteering opportunities that have the potential to enrich the lives of those giving freely of their time. We also believe in providing our clients with thoroughly screened volunteers who are prepared to make a commitment to the client’s organisation.

These beliefs are underpinned by our R.A.R.E. core values:

  • Respect – we will treat our volunteers and those we refer to clients with fairness, dignity and respect.
  • Accountability – we will honour our commitments to both volunteers and clients to build trust between them and us. We will take responsibility for our actions, admit our mistakes and respond constructively to any dissatisfaction.
  • Reward – we will work towards providing a quality experience for both volunteers and client organisations and to play our part in strengthening the social capital of our community.
  • Excellence – we will strive to be a leader among volunteer organisations by developing best practice. We will look for emerging trends and respond to them positively and will manage change strategically but responsibly.

Helen Wooby

Manager

Helen Wooby came to volunteering as a volunteer in the Volwing office five years ago and loved the position, for the opportunity to use her people skills.Helen was then appointed Client Relationship Officer, giving her the added opportunity to interface with client members and a better understanding of not for profit organisations. With her experience and knowledge of Volwing, and the drive to deliver a superior service to both clients and people interested in volunteering, Helen was appointed to her executive role as Manager in 2017.

Who's Who

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Pru Goward

Patron

The Honourable Pru Goward has accepted the role as Patron of Wingecarribee Volunteer Centre (Volwing) in one of her first post-parliament gigs. Pru Goward was our local member for Goulburn in the NSW Parliament for twelve years, serving most recently as Minister for Family and Community Services, Minister for Social Housing and Minister for Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. Before Parliament, she was Australia’s Sex Discrimination Commissioner (and Age Discrimination Commissioner) in the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission.

Helen Wooby

Manager

Helen Wooby came to volunteering as a volunteer in the Volwing office five years ago and loved the position, for the opportunity to use her people skills. Helen was then appointed Client Relationship Officer, giving her the added opportunity to interface with client members and a better understanding of not for profit organisations. With her experience and knowledge of Volwing, and the drive to deliver a superior service to both clients and people interested in volunteering, Helen was appointed to her executive role as Manager in 2017.

Bronwyn Colcott

Chair

Bronwyn recently retired from her community Chief Executive Officer role which she embraced for 14 years. Bronwyn led the organisation through a rapidly changing environment with the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and My Aged Care, networking with service providers and Government bodies was her priority to achieve positive outcomes for clients and families. With a background in Nursing, Welfare and Community Services Leadership, Bronwyn remains passionate, enthusiastic and committed to community development. Bronwyn stays in contact with many service providers and is still active in the Wingecarribee Shire. Bronwyn is eager to continue the collaborative teamwork with her colleagues at VolWing and local charities to achieve many more positive outcomes.

Barry Stewart

Vice Chair

Barry came to The Volunteer Centre in January 2016 with a view to finding worthwhile volunteer work early in his retirement. He soon became our marketing/advertising/PR person and within a couple of months a Board member. He has worked in advertising for all his adult life. He has held senior management positions in several agencies, but his real passions are in both the strategic and hands on written/graphic creative process. Born, brought up and educated in the UK, Barry has lived in Australia for over 40 years.

Robyn Abbott

Treasurer

Robyn Abbott comes from a long corporate life, including call centre management and airlines customer service training. She moved to the Southern Highlands 22 years ago with her family and needed something to keep her busy and involved. So she turned to tennis and volunteering, beginning a long commitment to community service. Firstly as a member of the SES, RFS Catering Division, Vinnies Op Shop, The SH Cancer Centre and now with the Moss Vale Lions Club and serving Volwing as a Board Member and Learner Driver Mentor.

Rosalind Beatty

Secretary

Rosalind joined the Volunteer Centre in 2017 after hearing a cry for help over the radio that they desperately needed someone to take the Minutes of the Board meetings. Since leaving school and completing a secretarial course, Rosalind has worked as a secretary in various industries but mainly insurance. Rosalind and her husband had their own insurance broking business for 22 years before retiring to the Southern Highlands. Rosalind is also the honorary secretary of a local community choir.

Colin Gelling

Member

C.E.O Berrima Courthouse Trust. O.A.M., BEc, BCom. Colin’s commercial career spans companies in Australia as well as in Europe and South East Asia, with a background in law, commerce, marketing and advertising at senior company levels. These companies included the Coca-Cola Corporation, Sunbeam Corporation, ANCOL Newsgroup and Amcal Pharmacy Group. Colin was a senior partner and creative director of his own marketing group with clients both international and domestic. Upon his impending dotage and partial retirement he has spent the last 21 years as C.E.O. of the Berrima Courthouse Trust and Creator/Manager of the Australia Day Celebrations, Southern Highlands.

Barry Jones

Member

Barry worked as a teacher in various executive positions in secondary education for 35 years specialising in Economics, Business Studies and Information Technology. He was also a network computer manager at various schools. Since retirement he moved to the Southern Highlands and volunteers in the office at Volwing and Bradman International Cricket Museum in Bowral. Barry has a passion for wine and also works part-time for Artemis Winery as a tasting and sales person. His other interests include a wide range of sports, rock and blues music and issues of environmental concern.