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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.

Announcing the winners of the Tasmanian Volunteering Awards… 2016-05-09T21:53:23+00:00

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.

Give happy, live happy – let’s make Australia the happiest nation on earth! 2016-05-09T01:33:07+00:00

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…

News for Memberships Expiry and Renewal 2016-05-08T10:13:20+00:00

Announcing the finalists for the Tasmanian Volunteering Awards 2016

 

Tasmanian Volunteering Awards 2016 Finalists (in alphabetical order) are:

Hydro Tasmania Excellence Award (for managers of volunteers)

  • Barbara Davis (Corumbene)
  • Sherralyn Jackson (Hobart City Mission)
  • Jenny Owen (Launceston Tramway Museum)

Lyden Builders Arts & Heritage Award

  • Maree Brodzinski (Devonport Choral Society)
  • Waqas Durani
  • Peter Martin (Redwater Creek Steam and Heritage Society Inc)

Lyden Builders Sport & Recreation Award

  • Glynis Devereux (Southern Netball Association)
  • Phil Giffard (Southern Football League and Triabunna Football Club)
  • Mark Jessop (Huon Agricultural Society)

Lyden Builders Emergency Services Award

  • Derek Fisher (Ambulance Tasmania – Sheffield)
  • Pam Heiermann (St John’s Ambulance)
  • Bradley Menzie (Tasmanian Volunteer Fire Brigade – Cambridge)

Tasplan Super Community Care & Health Award

  • Judi Adams (National Breast Cancer Foundation)
  • Wendy Richardson (Glenview Community Services Inc)
  • Judy Wilton (Corumbene)

Tasplan Super Education, Science & Technology Award

  • Lydia Cooke (SIDS & Kids Tasmania)
  • Wendy Harley (Beaconsfield Online Access Centre)
  • 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)
  • Nel Smit (Australian Association for Environmental Education and Taroona Neighbourhood Garden)
  • Dr Eric Woehler (BirdLife Tasmania)

Winners will be announced and prizes presented on Monday 9 May at the beginning of National Volunteer Week, May 2016; in a ceremony at Government House, hosted by Volunteering Tasmania Patron, Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner, Governor of Tasmania. The Premier Will Hodgman will also be an esteemed guest.

Congratulations to all nominees and the finalists, and thank you to the nominators for your submissions.

Announcing the finalists for the Tasmanian Volunteering Awards 2016 2016-04-12T05:32:10+00:00

Tasmania attracts over 4,000 visitors who come here solely for the purpose of volunteering

We think that better understanding the phenomenon of ‘voluntourism’ could be really exciting.

If you are an organisation that involves volunteer-tourists we’d love to chat with you about your work. Contact Courtney on (03) 6231 5550 or courtneyw@volunteeringtas.org.au if you would like to be involved in this project.

Tasmania attracts over 4,000 visitors who come here solely for the purpose of volunteering 2016-03-30T23:59:24+00:00

National Volunteer Week 2016 is soon approaching!

Give Happy Live Happy logo

With the theme Give Happy, Live Happy, introduced in 2015, we continue in 2016 to celebrate and explore the research that shows volunteers live happier and healthier lives.

The Give Happy, Live Happy web portal has everything you need to celebrate volunteering including merchandise available for preorder and downloadable resources all aimed at acknowledging the hard work of volunteers and to encourage others to volunteer, so they too can Give Happy, Live Happy.

Are you interested in a representative of Volunteering Tasmania attending your NVW celebrations? Get in touch.

National Volunteer Week 2016 is soon approaching! 2017-09-25T11:01:00+00:00

Our submission to the Federal Government Inquiry into broadcasting, online content and live production to rural and regional Australia.

Volunteering Tasmania was recently invited to comment on the Federal Government Inquiry into broadcasting, online content and live production to rural and regional Australia.

Volunteering is ingrained in our arts industry – local Repertory Theatre and art galleries, through to our many festival and events.

We have recommended that the Committee give consideration to the needs of volunteer management and coordination in the arts industry. Commitment to this practice is vital for continued growth of this sector in Tasmania. We know that without support for the volunteers, many Volunteer Involving Organisations in this sector would not be able to sustain their work.

Read our submission here.

Our submission to the Federal Government Inquiry into broadcasting, online content and live production to rural and regional Australia. 2016-03-29T05:10:05+00:00

Would you like to win a free Volunteering Tasmania Annual Membership*? All we need is your feedback and you’ll go in the running…

Please click here to complete a short survey about the benefits we offer to our Members

You don’t need to be a current Member to participate – we are interested in everyone’s opinions.

Remember to include your details on the last page to be entered in the draw* – we can’t give you a prize if we don’t know who you are!

Thank you, and good luck!

*TERMS AND CONDITIONS
  1. Free Membership for the 2016-17 financial year, up to the value of $440 inc GST
  2. The normal Membership application process still applies, including approval of your application by The Board of Volunteering Tasmania Inc.
  3. The winner will be drawn 31 March 2016 using www.random.org and will be notified as soon as possible by the contact details provided by them in the survey.
  4. In the event that the winner cannot be contacted with 14 days, another draw will be conducted using the same process.
  5. In the event that the winner is not eligible for Membership, or is not approved by The Board of Volunteering Tasmania Inc, another draw will be conducted using the same process.
  6. This draw is not in any way endorsed or related to any other organsiation, including (but not limited to) social media platforms Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.
Would you like to win a free Volunteering Tasmania Annual Membership*? All we need is your feedback and you’ll go in the running… 2016-03-16T03:03:58+00:00

Our Submission to the Senate Inquiry into the Future of Australia’s Aged Care Sector Workforce

We have recently provided comment to the Senate Inquiry into the Future of Australia’s Aged Care Sector Workforce.

Volunteering plays a significant role in the aged care sector. However, we are  concerned that the Senate Inquiry has not referenced its importance within aged care. It is crucial that volunteering be at the forefront of any discussion about the challenges in the aged care sector.

Organisations will need to give equal consideration to planning and managing their volunteer workforce. We know this will be particularly important for Tasmania given its rapidly ageing population. The challenges facing the volunteer workforce in this sector must not be overlooked.

Read the submission here.

Our Submission to the Senate Inquiry into the Future of Australia’s Aged Care Sector Workforce 2016-03-15T00:56:32+00:00

New service invites volunteers to register 27 January 2016 – For immediate release

As fires continue to burn across the state, Volunteering Tasmania (VT) has launched a new volunteer management service for local communities.

Emergency Volunteering CREW (Community Response to Extreme Weather) recognises the community goodwill that follows a disaster, and provides a coordinated system to match volunteers’ skills, availability and location with the needs of organisations supporting recovery efforts.

“Volunteers are vital during and in the aftermath of emergencies” said VT CEO Adrienne Picone.

“During disasters, only trained volunteers and emergency service workers will be able to assist in the disaster zone.  However, when it’s safe, the situation is assessed and additional volunteers may be required to support recovery efforts.”

For more information, please read the full Media Release here.

To register, please visit  http://emergencyvolunteering.force.com/Register

New service invites volunteers to register 27 January 2016 – For immediate release 2016-01-27T00:24:02+00:00