Your Family, Our Family is a new campaign designed to highlight the sacrifices family members and friends make to ensure Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES) volunteers are able to support their community.
Families and friends play a critical support role for our volunteers. It’s the support of family and friends that ensures our members can be there to help their communities when they’re in need, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Whether it’s picking up the kids from school, heating up dinner, or being there for a hug after a long day or night – your support means everything to us.
During the week of October 14 – 20, we are celebrating all the friends and families that support our volunteers to do what they do.
This seven-day social media campaign will highlight the diverse families and friends that support our volunteers across Victoria.
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Help celebrate the family and friends of VICSES at your unit and on social media:
- Celebrate the event on social media using the digital toolkit including:
- Host an event at your unit to acknowledge and celebrate your families and friends and share their celebrations on social media. To register your Your Family, Our Family event, complete this simple online form.
- Promote the campaign with campaign pins and posters. Your Family, Our Family campaign pins and posters will soon be mailed out to all regional offices for units to collect.
We look forward to celebrating the support provided by family, friends and more for our volunteers. Because at VICSES, we're all family.
To help celebrate the family and friends of VICSES here are some case studies that show the beautiful support systems behind our volunteers.
Ahmad Alhamid - VICSES Emerald Unit volunteer
VICSES Emerald Unit volunteer Ahmad Alhamid migrated from Syria to Australia with his family, and has been a VICSES volunteer for about three years. Family is a number one priority for Ahmad, and when the pager rings to be called out to an incident they are always by his side to offer their support.
Read more about Ahmad’s family and how they support him as a VICSES volunteer here.
Mike Bagnall - VICSES Gisbourne Unit Controller
Mike is the Unit Controller for VICSES Gisborne Unit and a proud family man.
Mike’s kids know the importance of their dad’s role within VICSES, and so does his partner Marissa who volunteers her time in an administrative role. Together, they’re one strong family unit!
Read more about Mike’s family and how they support him as a VICSES volunteer here.
Neil Allen - VICSES Mansfield Unit, Deputy Unit Controller
Neil has been a part of VICSES for more than 10 years, and his family are all a part of VICSES too. They’re all familiar with Neil having to attending incidents at all hours, and share an understanding about the importance of their work together. As Neil’s daughter is a junior member there’s a lot of drop-off’s and support for training, but they make it work and wouldn’t have it any other way.
Read more about Neil’s family and how they support him as a VICSES volunteer here.
Crystal Sanders - VICSES Horsham Unit Controller
Crystal has been a VICSES member for more than 10 years, so her partner and two kids understand when she needs to attend an incident at any hour of the day. Whether it’s on the road with mum to help the community or attend training, or Crystal’s partner helping out with last minute requests as a CFA volunteer, they’re always there to make Crystal’s life a little easier.
Read more about Crystal’s family and how they support her as a VICSES volunteer here.
Lisa Harris - VICSES Torquay Unit volunteer
Lisa has been a VICSES volunteer for over five years and has played a strong leadership role with the Torquay Unit. Although her role can be demanding, she credits her ability to continue volunteering to her long term partner Jen and their beloved pets. Whilst the dogs might miss out on a walk along the beach when the pager goes off, they are always forgviing and ready for cuddles upon her return.
Read more about Lisa’s family and how they support her as a VICSES volunteer here.