Join the Crew registrations open

By Vanessa Wiltshire

Are you looking for new members or volunteers for your community group or service organisation?

Join the Crew!

Between 11am and 3pm on November 16, the Community Bank Stadium at Barrack Reserve will come alive with residents of Heathcote and surrounding communities, as they discover the many special interest, community and sporting groups in town.

Organiser Vanessa Wiltshire said the event was designed to strengthen connections between residents and community groups, and to encourage people to consider how volunteering can fit within their busy lives.

“Society is changing and we are increasingly living our lives through social media,” she said. "While there are positive aspects to the digital revolution, it means we are living increasingly isolated and fragmented lives. Humans are wired for belonging and face to face relationships. Join the Crew is about starting a conversation, 'how do we maintain community connectedness and the delivery of services which rely heavily on volunteers?'"

Vanessa said there is room for about 35 community stalls.

“If you’re considering booking, don’t hold off. It’s a wonderful opportunity to meet with prospective members and volunteers in a low-pressure setting,” she said.

“You will have a platform to get your message out, plus have a chance to listen to interviews and talks.

Vanessa said community groups are encouraged to mingle.

“Not everyone feels confident to walk into a large room and speak to people they don’t know. Sometimes it’s easier in smaller groups, over coffee,” she said.

“While we encourage groups to man their stall for as long as possible, it’s not necessary to be glued there. Walk around. Attend a talk. You never know who you might meet.”

Vanessa said community groups are encouraged to “dress up” their stalls and have information to share, and a mailing list.

“Make your stall inviting and colourful. Make it memorable, something people talk about".

Join the Crew is a not for profit event. Stall fees have been set to operational costs and the event is free for community members to attend. A gold coin donation is encouraged. All money collected will be given to charity partner Heathcote Men’s Shed.

Join the Crew is proudly sponsored by Heathcote & District Community Bank and proudly supported by Mandalay Resources, LEAD Loddon Murray and McPherson Media / McIvor Times.

Register your stall online at or

Register in person at the McIvor Times (please call ahead 54 33 33 11 11).