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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: http://www.volunteeringtas.org.au/publications/

Submission to the Fair Work Amendment (Respect for Emergency Services Volunteers) Bill 2016

Submission to the Fair Work Amendment (Respect for Emergency Services Volunteers) Bill 2016 (433KB PDF)

Volunteering Australia recently made a submission to the Senate Education and Employment Committees. This submission reflects views from all State and Territory Peak bodies – including Volunteering Tasmania.

The submission clarified the volunteering sector’s concerns around the Fair Work Amendment (Respect for Emergency Services Volunteers) Bill 2016.

Volunteers in the emergency services save lives. They vital to the work of the volunteering industry. We are pleased, therefore, to see the Federal Parliament engaging with the issue of respect for volunteers within the emergency services. We welcome the opportunity to debate the contribution of volunteers to the overall well being of Australian society.

An important announcement from the CEO

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

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions

Join or renew as a Member to show your support for Volunteering in Tasmania

On 1 August, all current memberships expire and require renewal.

From that date, there will be some small changes to the member benefits; based on our continuous improvement model which is informed by feedback from current members, as well as the broader sector.

Your membership is pivotal to enabling us to advance our Mission and ensure that volunteerism is able to flourish into the future.

During 2015/6 Volunteering Tasmania membership helped us to realise our goal of creating an environment that promotes and sustains effective volunteerism.  Through your valued support we have achieved so much. We have:

  1. Provided the Value of Volunteering Calculator;
  2. Launched EV CREW – Tasmania’s new Emergency Volunteer service;
  3. Actively advocated for the sector through a series of submissions and statements at Senate Inquiries;
  4. Produced the new Definition of Volunteering in collaboration with Volunteering Australia and other State Peaks;
  5. Assisted individuals to find volunteer positions that they love; and
  6. Assisted organisations to manage their volunteers more effectively

Find out more about the great Member Benefits we offer, renew, or join here…

Final report into Arts and the News to Rural and Regional Australia

The final report from the House of Representatives Inquiry into Arts and the News to Rural and Regional Australia has recently been tabled.

The report makes a total of 9 recommendations and notes that engagement with the arts for individuals and communities is necessary and important – particularly for regional areas like Tasmania.

Volunteering Tasmania was pleased to note that the importance of volunteering was highlighted in the report . It noted that our artistic groups that engage volunteers and amateur artists, increasingly benefit from the access to professional networks and events- often only afforded through regional and rural tours.

You can read the full report and recommendations here: http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/House/Communications/BroadcastingandProduction/Report

Seeking an outstanding individual to join our team

Volunteer Services Coordinator | Hobart | .8FTE | SHCADS Level 5

Are you great with people?

Are you looking for a role with variety and impact, where your experience will be respected and valued?

We are seeking a Volunteer Services Coordinator (paid role) to help us deliver outstanding services to the community in line with our Mission and values.

The Volunteer Services Coordinator is responsible for recruiting, supervising, supporting and coordinating Volunteering Tasmania’s volunteers. This role is also responsible for overseeing the Volunteer Connect service, linking volunteers to volunteer involving organisations.

The right person for this role is organised, motivated and solutions-focussed.

Experience managing or coordinating volunteers is highly advantageous, but not essential.

Would you like to join our team?

Applicants must include a covering letter along with their resume and address the selection criteria.

Volunteer Services Coordinator Position Description

Volunteer Services Coordinator Selection Criteria

Completed applications are to be:

by 4pm Tuesday 31 May.

Telephone enquiries welcome – ask for Adrienne Picone, CEO, on (03) 6231 5550

Photos from the Tasmanian Volunteering Awards 2016 Ceremony are now available

Tasmanian Volunteering Awards winners 2016

Tasmanian Volunteering Awards winners 2016

See here to view the finalists and winners from our wonderful event. Congratulations to all!

Images courtesy of J Barry Laurance Studio

Announcing the winners of the Tasmanian Volunteering Awards…

To celebrate National Volunteer Week 2016, the inaugural Tasmanian Volunteering Awards were held yesterday at Government House.

These awards, sponsored by MyState and supported by the State Government, reward the contribution of those who exhibit excellence in the volunteering sector.

The prize giving ceremony and celebration was hosted by Volunteering Tasmania Patron, Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner, Governor of Tasmania.

The Premier Will Hodgman presented the Premier’s Volunteer of the Year award to Peter Martin, who is a long term volunteer for the Redwater Creek Steam and Heritage Society.

“This is the first time we have run a Statewide awards program, and as the Peak body for volunteering in Tasmania we are thrilled to be able to give volunteers the recognition they deserve,” said Adrienne Picone, Volunteering Tasmania CEO.

“Our hearts were full reading the applications for 2016, and time and time again we saw people who are making a huge difference by doing what they love. We can’t wait for next year’s nominations,” she said.

Tasmanian Volunteering Awards winners for 2016 are:

The Premier’s Volunteer of the Year Award and

Lyden Builders Arts & Heritage Award

Peter Martin (Redwater Creek Steam and Heritage Society Inc)

Hydro Tasmania Excellence Award (for managers of volunteers)

Sheralyn Jackson (Hobart City Mission)

Lyden Builders Sport & Recreation Award

Phil Giffard (Southern Football League and Triabunna Football Club)

Lyden Builders Emergency Services Award

Bradley Menzie (Tasmanian Volunteer Fire Brigade – Cambridge)

Tasplan Super Community Care & Health Award

Wendy Richardson (Glenview Community Services Inc)

Tasplan Super Education, Science & Technology Award

Rachel Sullivan (WorldSkills Australia)

Tasplan Super Corporate Award

Hydro Tasmania

AON Environment & Conservation Award

Marina Campbell (Friends of Maatsuyker Island Wildcare and Southern Beaches Landcare Coastcare)

The smiles of the nominees, winners and all guests demonstrated how apt the theme for National Volunteer Week is: Give Happy Live Happy.

Congratulations to all nominees and the finalists.

Nominations for the 2017 Tasmanian Volunteering Awards will open later this year.

Give happy, live happy – let’s make Australia the happiest nation on earth!

There is an important relationship between volunteering and health and wellbeing. Relevant and reliable research has shown that volunteers report above average results in physical health, mental health and overall life satisfaction.

“Volunteering and community participation are core components in our health system – it is a vital part of civic engagement, and contributes to our community well-being,” said Adrienne Picone, CEO of Volunteering Tasmania.

“We see many people utilising our Volunteer Referral Service who have come to us to live happier lives through volunteering,” said Ms Picone.

“Whilst volunteering can’t cure mental health conditions, it can increase wellbeing and act as an antidote to isolation,” she said.

“Even in individuals already experiencing great mental health, volunteering often elicits a ‘Giver’s High’, which keeps them wanting to give their time to improve the lives of others,” she said.

“To be healthier and happier, research shows us that one of the best things we can do is to give back to others,” said Connie Digolis, CEO of the Mental Health Council of Tasmania.

“Volunteering reduces loneliness through increasing social connections and a more positive outlook. Ongoing volunteering is shown to contribute to overall better mental health,” she said.

“Research also shows volunteering plays a role in reducing stress and anxiety – all of which has a flow on effect of positive health outcomes,” she said.

Volunteers live happier and healthier lives. Pledge to volunteer this National Volunteer Week and join the 6 million Australians helping make Australia the happiest place on Earth. Volunteer today, so you too can Give Happy, Live Happy.

Contact us on 6231 5550 or Freecall 1800 677 895 to book for a Volunteer Referral Appointment.

News for Memberships Expiry and Renewal

On 1 August, all current memberships expire and require renewal.

From that date, there will be some small changes to the member benefits; based on our continuous improvement model which is informed by feedback from current members, as well as the broader sector.

Your membership is pivotal to enabling us to advance our Mission and ensure that volunteerism is able to flourish into the future.

During 2015/6 Volunteering Tasmania membership helped us to realise our goal of creating an environment that promotes and sustains effective volunteerism.  Through your valued support we have achieved so much. We have:

  1. Provided the Value of Volunteering Calculator;
  2. Launched EV CREW – Tasmania’s new Emergency Volunteer service;
  3. Actively advocated for the sector through a series of submissions and statements at Senate Inquiries;
  4. Produced the new Definition of Volunteering in collaboration with Volunteering Australia and other State Peaks;
  5. Assisted individuals to find volunteer positions that they love; and
  6. Assisted organisations to manage their volunteers more effectively

Find out more about the great Member Benefits we offer, renew, or join here…