THE SMALLEST ACT OF KINDNESS IS WORTH MORE THAN THE GRANDEST INTENTION – OSCAR WILDE
Organising the Eisteddfod can take up to 12 months of planning, and we need the help and support of volunteers to make this happen.
We would be unable to organise the Eisteddfod without the support of our volunteers. Their contribution is vitally important to the success of the project and the Eisteddfod six disciplines.
If you’re looking for opportunities to volunteer in Coffs Harbour, why not join the Eisteddfod team? There’s a warm welcome for people of all ages. But don’t worry if you don’t feel confident – there are plenty of opportunities available – and we can pair you with a discipline organiser or fellow volunteer.
Opportunities are available in the community during the events, we commence with Piano on the 7th May and finish with Dance on 25th June across 5 venues. We’re always looking for enthusiastic individuals to be part of the event organising and fundraising team.
There are opportunities available during the weeks itself, either welcoming visitors to the event or helping with our competitors, parents or offering advice and help to new and experienced visitors.
Interested? Please get in touch! Following is some general information:
- Working With Children Checks -The Working with Children Check (WWCC) is a requirement for anyone in paid or volunteer child-related work in NSW. Employers and organisations must verify the WWCC details of anyone they engage in child-related work. The Check lasts for 5 years and undergoes continuous monitoring, even if the Check holder moves jobs. Details on how to apply for a volunteer WWC check ( no cost to you ) are https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/apply-working-children-check.
- Your discipline organiser will be in touch to obtain dates and times you are available. Our sessions generally are approx. 3 hours long ( eg 0830 – 12.00 / 12.30 or 1.00 – 5.00 / 6.30 – 8.30 pm ) but do vary from discipline to discipline. You will be put on a roster, please notify your discipline organiser if unable to attend your designated session so a replacement can be found ASAP.
Some of the duties where your time would be gratefully accepted would be the following:
- Meet and Greet at Auditorium entrance to meet our audience, check tickets, receive entry fees if applicable and ensure patrons are seated in a quiet timely manner.
- Music Library / Prize Table to receipt music and some disciplines require assistance in distributing of awards / trophies. All disciplines have record keeping documents which will be explained to you prior to the commencement of your “shift”.
- Setting up and packing up – Our volunteers can also assist (under direction from discipline organiser) to help with the setting up and packing up after the event.
- Some disciplines require an assistant to the Adjudicator , can involve such things as making a cup of coffee / tea to handing sheets to prize table and scribing ( or pencilling ). Duties again will be explained before your shift if required.
We thankyou for your contribution to Performing Arts in the Coffs Harbour region and to our 50th Year of the Coffs Harbour Eisteddfod.
Piano – Alice Jamison – 0428 928 420
Vocal – Vanessa Crossley – 0400 022 359
Choirs – Mary Pollack – 0412 176 013
Dance – Jann Golding ( Coordinator, 0412 586 148 ) Vanessa Crossley Volunteer Coordinator – 0400 022 359
Instrumental – Louise Ray – 0438 384 286
Drama – Elise Prosser – 0414 542 692
Debbie Waters – President – 0416 100 820
Anne Chittick – Secretary – 0417 699 479
Treasurer – Sandra Goodby – 0409 150 982
CHDES CODE OF CONDUCT/BEHAVIOUR FOR SAFE WORKING WITH CHILDREN
Coffs Harbour & District Eisteddfod Society provides an open, welcoming safe environment for everyone who participates in our competition.
Our aim is to bring out the potential of every student through fair and supportive competition.
Everyone participating in Coffs Harbour & District Eisteddfod Society competition (including volunteers, staff, students, parents and visitors) must keep to the following code of behavior.
- To abide by NSW Office Of Children’s Guardian Guidelines
- Treat everyone with respect and honesty ( Inc volunteers, children parents)
- To be a positive role model for all children.
- To Always have another adult present or in sight when conducting one to one coaching, instructions etc.
- Ensure that our Adjudicators and Instructors have necessary current registration with their Working With Children Registration and correct screening
- Process and respond to reporting of any child abuse
- We are to promote the empowerment of Children
- Provide a safe and positive environment throughout the competition.