RAVN Update | June 2020 edition
Welcome to all our new members, apply to be a RAVN State Representative, read the latest program updates on COVID-19 and hear from recent volunteers on what it was like to be repatriated.
A welcome message from Chelsey Parish, RAVN Manager
It's been almost three months since we repatriated over 450 Australian volunteers from countries right across the Indo-Pacific region due to COVID-19. The wellbeing of our volunteers has always been at the heart of what we do. As such, we have provided financial support and psychological services to volunteers who were preparing to depart overseas and those who were repatriated back to Australia, and are continuing to support and engage with these groups.
I would like to personally welcome those 450 Australian volunteers who were repatriated to the Returned Australian Volunteer Network (RAVN). We are the Australian Volunteers Program’s alumni network, connecting over 7,500 returned Australian volunteers to each other, RAVN opportunities and the program. Our members have volunteered as far back as the 1960s, and represent a diverse cohort of like-minded Australians.
We offer all returned volunteers opportunities to stay connected through networking events, professional development opportunities, communications platforms and competitions. In the RAVN Update newsletter, you will see some of our current offerings, including the opportunity to become a RAVN State Representative, the online seminar series, state-based events (COVID-19 restrictions depending) and opportunities to connect with other returned volunteers online through Facebook and LinkedIn.
Don’t forget to log into your Portal account and update your address details so that we can invite you to local RAVN events (we won’t send you anything in the post). If you don’t have a Portal account, or are unsure, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your new address details.
Finally, although we're not able to send volunteers overseas at this time, I want to assure you that we remain committed to supporting our partner organisations and deploying Australian volunteers when it is safe to do so. In the meantime, if you're hoping to volunteer in the future then please register for our Talent Pool.
Chelsey Parish, RAVN Manager