ICV works in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and organisations by linking skilled and trained volunteers to projects that have been identified as part of a community’s vision or development plan.
ICV is a registered charity and non-profit organisation. We do not charge a fee for the services we provide to communities or organisations.
ICV works on projects by community invitation only - projects which have been identified as part of a community’s vision for the future. We can also help communities document their vision in a development plan.
ICV support projects which include local people in their development and implementation. We build on local strengths and knowledge and develop strong respectful relationships.
Volunteers can play an important role in communities, supplementing existing skills and helping develop new skills which contribute to a stronger future for the whole community. Communities determine the skills needed, manage the project design, select the volunteers, and run the project in a way that works best for them. It is important communities have the capacity and time to undertake the projects they identify, and local people need to be involved and engaged at every stage.
An ICV Community Development Officer supports the community as it undertakes these processes. Community Development Officers work closely with communities and are active facilitators, engaging with other agencies on the ground, making referrals, and suggesting and supporting partnerships where appropriate.