International Volunteer Day – join a world movement

Volunteers are committed advocates of making the world a better place. From local community volunteers to those on the frontline of natural disasters, volunteers are quintessential to humanity – a billion volunteers globally bring communities together. It is volunteers, showing up and stepping up, who become global citizens and advocates for the shared human future of this planet.

The United Nations celebrates the value of volunteers around the world through International Volunteer Day on 5 December. International Volunteer Day 2016’s theme #GlobalApplause – give volunteers a hand – recognises volunteers worldwide and all they do in making peace and sustainable development a reality. We recommend viewing their UN Volunteers website for an impressive list of resources and a social media toolkit for thanking volunteers.

Volunteering Tasmania will be celebrating International Volunteer Day through the launch of the 2017 Tasmanian Volunteering Awards – Tasmania’s only state-wide volunteer recognition program. The launch is being co-hosted by Sarah Courtney, MP, who is the Parliamentary Secretary advising the Premier on volunteering matters. The launch will also screen a new Southern Cross television commercial encouraging all Tasmanians to nominate their favourite volunteer, volunteer program or volunteer manager.

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International Volunteer Day 2016

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Volunteering Tasmania gives evidence at public hearing on our Aged Care Workforce

Deputy Chair of the Volunteering Tasmania Board, Donald Coventry, gave evidence at the Aged Care Workforce public hearing on Monday 31 October in Launceston.

Volunteering Tasmania (VT) has welcomed the opportunity to give evidence at the public hearing, to outline how the volunteering industry has been impacted by changes in aged care.

Key concerns raised by Mr Coventry included:

• The importance of volunteers to the current and future status of aged care. Volunteers are critical to giving social engagement, interaction and companionship across Tasmania’s aged care facilities and hospitals.

• The impact of Tasmania’s rapidly ageing population on our volunteer workforce

• Making sure that Volunteer Involving Organisations are well supported as we move into a Consumer Directed Care system

• Challenges for Volunteer Involving Organisations to budget for volunteer programs; recruit and retain volunteers

VT’s submission to the Senate Inquiry into Aged Care can be found on our Publications Page under the “Advocacy” heading:

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