Advocating for Volunteering as a form of lifelong learning

Volunteering Tasmania recently gave feedback on a LINC Tasmania discussion paper on the value of lifelong learning.

At Volunteering Tasmania we strongly believe in the value of lifelong learning. Volunteering offers opportunities for Tasmanians to gain new skills and experiences, whilst simultaneously providing benefit to their communities.

Volunteering Tasmania believes there are strong alignments between lifelong learning, the value of volunteering and the goals of LINC Tasmania.

You can read our full submission here.

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VT Advocacy: Submission to Senate Committee on National Disability Strategy

Volunteering Tasmania recently gave feedback on the National Disability Strategy 2010-2020.

The submission highlights the importance of volunteering in allowing people with disabilities to engage fully in society- socially, culturally and politically.

Volunteering Tasmania notes some of the barriers that currently exist to participation, and raised the importance of training and support for Volunteer Involving Organisations and Managers of Volunteers.

You can read the full submission here

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VT Advocacy : Consultation Paper – National Code of Conduct

Volunteering Tasmania recently gave feedback to the DHHS on the new National Code of Conduct for Health Care Workers (the Code) in Tasmania, and its incorporation in the Health Complaints Act 1995.  The submission raised the need to clarify the role of volunteers under the Code and the process for directing any complaints.

You can read the full submission here.

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Advocating for better volunteering data from the ABS

Volunteering Tasmania recently provided a submission to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) on the way volunteering data is collected.

Volunteering Tasmania has been a passionate voice for full resourcing of the ABS. We know how important consistent, reliable and impartial data is to our policy and research work.

Importantly, Volunteering Tasmania notes the need for the ABS to better align its data collection with the new definition of volunteering – one that better captures new and innovative ways that people volunteer their time.

In our daily work we also see the need for better collection of data at the local, community level. This is vital to properly recognize the contribution of volunteers in regional areas of Tasmania. We also know that it is valuable when Volunteer Involving Organisations are seeking to apply for grants or to report on levels of volunteering and giving in their community.

Read our full submission here.

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Volunteering in Tasmania: Community Volunteering – Understanding Motivation, Sustaining Participation, Capturing Benefits

The University of Tasmania partnered with Volunteering Tasmania, RACT, Hydro Tasmania and the City of Hobart to research volunteering participation in Tasmania.

University of Tasmania School of Medicine researchers Dr Elizabeth Shannon and Dr Sue Pearson sought to understand volunteering participation in Tasmania- including what motivates and sustains volunteers.

This study surveyed 864 individuals, capturing their demographics, health status, volunteer activity, and motivations for volunteering. It also considered the physical and psychological health benefits of volunteering.

Group discussions were then held with 30 participants from Hobart, Launceston and Burnie to explore further how volunteering participation could be sustained.

Key findings of this research included:

  • volunteers valued the benefits they gained from volunteering
  • volunteers were self- motivated and cared about the cause that they were assisting
  • Strategies for increasing participation
  • Moving volunteers into high commitment roles

A copy of the summary report can be downloaded here.

For more information about the research please contact Dr Elizabeth Shannon on e.shannon@utas.edu.au

 

Volunteering in Tasmania: Community Volunteering – Understanding Motivation, Sustaining Participation, Capturing Benefits 2017-05-09T12:39:37+00:00

Winners announced for the 2017 Volunteering Awards

The winners of the 2017 Southern Cross Television Tasmanian Volunteering Awards were announced at Government House, Hobart on Monday afternoon, 8 May 2017.

Celebrating and recognising Tasmania’s outstanding volunteers, the Awards are always held on the first day of National Volunteer Week, which runs until Sunday, 14 May 2017.

During the awards ceremony Alison Lai, chief executive officer of Volunteering Tasmania will pay tribute to the calibre of the winners and finalists in each category.

“We had a record number of nominations this year and the quality was very strong,” Lai said.

“It was a difficult process for the judges to shortlist to three finalists in each category, and equally difficult to select a winner.

“Each finalist demonstrated incredibly high standards of commitment and contribution to their community and we had exceptional representation from all regions of Tasmania.

“It was particularly pleasing to have finalists travel from as far away as Queenstown and King Island.

“The fact that we had winners from the north, north-west and south shows that the spirit of volunteering is alive and well right across Tasmania.”

The Premier’s Tasmanian Volunteer of the Year, chosen from the winners of the individual award categories, was awarded to Christopher Hine. Christopher is the winner of the Lifeline Emergency Services Award.

 

The 2017 winners and finalists are:

INDIVIDUAL VOLUNTEER AWARDS

Lifeline Emergency Services Award
 David Gleeson – Lachlan Fire Brigade
 Christopher Hine – State Emergency Service (WINNER)
 Phillip de Bomford – Sheffield Fire Brigade

NRM South Environment, Animal Care and Conservation Award
 Mark Bartlett and Angela Knight – Bridgewater/Gagebrook Clean Up Group
 Nel Smit – Taroona Art Trail
 Dr Eric Woehler – BirdLife Tasmania (WINNER)

Anglicare Lifestyle Community Care and Health Award
 Kim Dunstan – Zeehan Gem and Mineral Fair
 Mary Gates – Royal Hobart Hospital
 Joy Searle – Mathers House Hobart (WINNER)

The Arts, Heritage and Tourism Award
 Ruby Doherty – North West theatre community
 Chris Palmer – Australian Wooden Boat Festival (WINNER)
 Dianne Powell – Queenstown Gallery Museum

The MyState Education, Science and Technology Award
 Hina and Waqas Durrani – Multicultural Council of Tasmania (WINNER)
 Amanda McMaster – YMCA Little Listeners Program
 Brother Sean McManus – CatholicCare’s Light the Way Study Club

The Sport and Recreation Award
 Tracy Badman – Devonport Gymnastics Club
 Tom Bain – Tamar Yacht Club
 Shaun Donohue – Deloraine Football Club (WINNER)

The Premier’s Volunteer of the Year
 Christopher Hine – State Emergency Service

PROGRAM AWARDS

Hydro Tasmania Excellence Award for Best Practice in Volunteer Management
 Shelley Haas – Royal Hobart Hospital (WINNER)
 Liz Lord – Australian Wooden Boat Festival
 Melody Towns – Be Hers

Tasplan Super Corporate Award for an employee volunteering program
 Hydro Tasmania (WINNER)
 Royal Automobile Club of Tasmania (RACT)
 University of Tasmania – Young Tassie Scientists

CatholicCare Volunteer Program of the Year
 King Island Meals on Wheels
 The Launceston Community Legal Centre (WINNER)
 The LCG: Older Persons Electronic Network Computer Club

Click here to read the stories behind our finalists.

 

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