To the Tasmanian volunteering community,

Due to a reduction in funding and changes in the sector, Volunteering Tasmania has recently been required to review the way that we provide services.

As a result, with the main objective of continuation of quality service to the whole state, the Board has decided to move staff into new roles and streamline some programs.

We see this as an opportunity to thoroughly reassess what we do and how we do it, and as a result provide you, the Tasmanian volunteering community, with a more relevant and useful service. We are proud of our history of great service, but shifting demands in the sector have made these changes necessary to ensure we are still giving you what you need, now and into the future.

The most significant of these changes is that we will be closing our North West office on 15 June 2016.

The VT office in South Burnie opened in January 2006 and we have had some talented and dedicated staff members in that time who have all done a wonderful job for the organisation. We are very proud of their achievements and the networks they have built in that time.

All of us at Volunteering Tasmania have thoroughly enjoyed working with Lana Davis, the VT Volunteer Management Consultant for the North West Region. Her passion for volunteering is enormous, and she has made a huge contribution to our organisation and the sector whilst she has been in this role. Sadly, Lana will be leaving VT when the South Burnie office closes.

Our Hobart and Launceston offices will remain open but the focus of these offices will change. We will be strengthening the way that we can practicably support organisations to find the volunteers they need and keep them. We also want to make it easier for people to find volunteer roles that are a good fit for them.

There will still be regular Network Meetings statewide, general advice and support for managers of volunteers statewide, and access to VT resources. Our services will continue to be provided to the sector all across Tasmania, from our Hobart and Launceston bases.

This is not a decision the Board has taken lightly. Maintaining relationships with you, and ongoing provision of excellent service across the entire state, is of paramount importance to us.

All enquiries can be directed to admin@volunteeringtas.org.au, and I will respond to you personally.

Sincerely,

Adrienne Picone, CEO, Volunteering Tasmania

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