Interim report from Senate Committee regarding DSS funding has been released

The Senate Committee has released an interim report into the tendering process undertaken by the Commonwealth Department of Social Services.

Importantly, the committee has highlighted the challenges faced by many Community Sector organisations in participating in the new tendering process.

We are particularly interested to see the findings of the full report (to be released in August) which will consider the impact at a regional level, and the opportunities to continue to advocate for consistent Statewide service delivery for the volunteering sector.

Read the Pro-Bono news article here 

Interim report from Senate Committee regarding DSS funding has been released 2017-09-25T11:01:04+00:00

Volunteering Tasmania is granted Peak body recognition by State Government

National Volunteer Week (11-17 May) is the perfect time for State Premier Will Hodgman to announce that Volunteering Tasmania has been officially recognised as a Peak body.

At Volunteering Tasmania’s Meet and Greet in Elizabeth St Mall today, Premier Hodgman announced that the Government will be providing $260,000 funding per annum, in perpetuity. A component of the funding will be core funding, with the rest being project funding.

Volunteering Tasmania CEO Adrienne Picone is jubilant about the decision, which has been aptly announced in line with the National Volunteer Week theme: ‘Give Happy, Live Happy’.

“This is a significant achievement for Volunteering Tasmania.  Staff and board members, past and present, have worked really hard for this recognition,” she said.

“We are so pleased that the Government acknowledges the value in volunteering, as well as the value we provide as a supporter of effective volunteering in the state,” she said.

“This announcement shows the Government’s commitment to volunteering and the positive impact it has on Tasmanian communities,” she said.

According to the State of Volunteering Report: Tasmania 2014, four out of every five Tasmanians volunteer.

“For every one dollar invested in volunteering, at least four dollars in benefits are returned to the Tasmanian community. Investing makes great business sense,” said Ms Picone.

Volunteering Tasmania is granted Peak body recognition by State Government 2015-12-02T22:41:45+00:00

Get your ‘Give Happy, Live Happy’ smiles here!

For National Volunteer Week (11-17 May) we are celebrating the theme ‘Give Happy. Live Happy’.

To help celebrate, we are asking you to participate in our ‘Smile’ project!

Here’s what you can do:

  1. Print the Smile props PDF in colour, and cut out and stick smiles on sticks. We stuck ours on some balloon sticks we had lying around, but paddle pop sticks or straws would work just as well.
  2. Take photos and write a short statement about how volunteering makes you happy.
  3. Email photos to bonniet@volunteeringtas.org.au, or post them to our Facebook page, or tag us in Instagram or Twitter for us to share around!

Happy National Volunteer Week!

Find out more about what we have planned around Tasmania.

Get your ‘Give Happy, Live Happy’ smiles here! 2018-02-19T16:38:57+00:00