|Over the past twelve months Volunteering Tasmania has been privileged to support our volunteers and volunteer involving organisations in Tasmania.
2016 looks to be a similarly action packed year. We are looking forward to hitting the ground running and raising the profile of volunteering across the State.
One of the key ways Volunteering Tasmania helps to support raise awareness of the volunteering industry is through our Budget Priority Statement.
This (quite lengthy!) document is one of our core advocacy tools. It is informed by feedback from people like you – through our ongoing discussions, our Network meetings, stakeholder surveys and best practice research.
All of this work goes towards helping the whole team at Volunteering Tasmania better understand the needs of our sector.
Our Budget Priority Statement is a great opportunity for Volunteering Tasmania to formally outline to the State Government where we think investment can be made in the volunteering sector.
Our submission spans a range of Agencies (from Health, to State Growth to Justice) with recommendations around a range of different issues, including:
· Funding to support celebratory activities in National Volunteer Week;
· Investment in our Managers/Coordinators of Volunteers;
· Easy invoicing for Working With Children Checks/ Police Checks;
· Investigate options for easy and affordable insurance for Volunteer Involving Organisations;
· Reinvigorate volunteering in schools curriculum
We will keep discussing the priorities mentioned in these documents as part of our strategic direction over the coming year.
We welcome any feedback on our policy and advocacy work, as we continue to raise these issues over the next year. Please contact us if you have any comments to add.
If you want to participate in our bi-monthly Managers of Volunteers Network meetings to ensure your feedback is incorporated in our ongoing policy and advocacy work, please contact us for information on upcoming events in your region.
You can read either the full document, or the individual agency documents below:
Like so many disasters around Australia, the Tasmanian bushfires in 2013 highlighted the goodwill of the community. People across the state and the country, put their hands up to help.
The challenge is knowing what effected communities need, and channelling goodwill in a way that’s safe, coordinated and effective.
Volunteering Tasmania is thrilled to implement Emergency Volunteering CREW (Community Response to Extreme Weather). The custom-made volunteer management system has been tried and tested over many years by Volunteering Queensland. EV CREW matches volunteers’ skills, availability and location, with the needs of organisations delivering recovery activities after an emergency.
Register today, and we’ll whistle you in, if and when your help is needed.
Our thanks for your interest and generosity!
New Awards announced in time for International Volunteer Day this Saturday
Nominations are now open for the inaugural Tasmanian Volunteering Awards!
Volunteers and Volunteer Involving Organisations have a huge impact on the Tasmanian community.
These awards, supported by the State Government, aim to recognise and reward the contribution of those who exhibit excellence in the volunteering sector.