Supporters of Volunteering Tasmania are aware that our organisation has been transitioning through challenges and change over the past 12 months, which included the closure of the Burnie regional office last year.
These challenges continue to impact Volunteering Tasmania, and the recent announcement from the Australian Government regarding their Strong and Resilient Communities funding has forced us to once again reassess how we deliver volunteer support services across the State.
The Australian Government’s decision to retain dedicated funding for volunteer support services is welcomed. However, with funding to remain fixed at the current level for the next 3.5 years there regrettably won’t be an opportunity for Volunteering Tasmania to request additional funding to cover the rising costs of delivering these services.
Consequently, Volunteering Tasmania will be implementing changes to its structure and operations, which will include the closure of our Launceston office from Monday, 4 September 2017.
This decision has been very difficult, particularly as it will see Volunteering Tasmania operate without a Launceston office for the first time since we were established in 1993.
There will also be changes to roles within the Volunteering Tasmania team as we seek to find ways to work more efficiently.
Change is always difficult, and we acknowledge the significant contribution of our paid staff and volunteers and we thank them for their dedication and professionalism during this time.
As we look to the future, there will be only be a minor impact to our services.
As the peak body for volunteering we will continue to deliver our programs and services including our bi-monthly Network meetings, which are held in Hobart, Launceston and Burnie. There will be no impact to the delivery of our ‘Volunteer Connect’ online volunteer vacancy database and our training, development and consultation services, which will continue to be delivered state-wide.
The closure of the Launceston office will temporarily impact the delivery of our face-to-face volunteer referral services, but our services in Hobart, Sorell and Burnie remain unaffected.
Volunteering Tasmania remains fiercely committed to delivering programs and services across the island to support volunteers and the organisations that involve them.
In doing so, we will continue to advocate strongly for increased support and recognition of the contribution volunteers make to the sustainability and liveability of all communities across Tasmania.
Alison Lai and Rachel Johnson
Chief Executive Officer and Chair