Valuing Volunteers Program


ESF regret to advise that the Valuing Volunteers Program, ‘Our mental health and wellbeing really matters‘ workshops, scheduled for April and May 2020, are postponed due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and government advice to cancel all indoor events of more than 100 people. We will be announcing new workshop dates and locations when the appropriate DHHS advice is given. In the meantime, please register your interest below if one of these workshops are of interest to you and we will send you updates.

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OUR mental health and wellbeing really matters!

A series of Valuing Volunteer Workshops hosted by ESF

Is this workshop right for you?

These workshops are ideal for any volunteer working in Victoria’s emergency management sector. If you have an interest in your own mental health and wellbeing and that of your colleagues, this workshop is for you.

What is the cost?

These workshops are free of charge but places are limited and you must register.

About the workshop

This one-day workshop is presented by the Emergency Services Foundation (ESF) and OzHelp -because our mental health and wellbeing really matters!

Each workshop will provide an overview of mental health and wellbeing contextualising it for volunteers and their brigades/units.

Participants will learn:

  • To recognise the early signs of common mental health conditions
  • The role that workplace leaders and colleagues have in creating and maintaining a mentally healthy work environment
  • How to engage confidently and respectfully with colleagues about their mental health and wellbeing
  • Practical ways to nurture their own mental health and wellbeing
  • The importance of seeking help early
  • Where to get help
  • And, contribute ideas to help improve the mental health and wellbeing of volunteers across the sector

Coming to a place near you.

About the ESF and OzHelp.

The ESF is the only organisation with a dedicated focus and whole of sector perspective on mental health and wellbeing. ESFs purpose is to improve the mental health and wellbeing of Victoria’s emergency management sector. It does this by bringing people together to share and grow the collective wisdom, driving research to build the evidence base, fostering innovation and good practice and forming strategic partnerships to maximise the opportunity to improve.

OzHelp is a leading national not for profit provider of mental health and wellbeing programs with a strong focus on targeting hard-to-reach people in industries with a heightened risk of ill health. OzHelp has been delivering training, education and support programs since 2001 that develop stronger, more resilient individuals through improved wellbeing which has a positive ripple effect in workplaces and communities.