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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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

  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.

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.

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

Volunteering Tasmania Offices closed this coming Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th January

We apologise for any inconvenience. Feel free to email admin@volunteeringtas.org.au and we will respond on our return. We open again at 9am Wednesday 27th January.

Government responds to Senate Inquiry into botched DSS funding process

The Federal Government has responded Senate Inquiry findings that their 2014/15 Department of Social Services (DSS) tendering process was destructive, and resulted in a reduction of funding to the sector by $270 million, and a significant loss of services to the Australian Community.

The response was presented in the Senate out-of-session on 18 January, and will be tabled when Parliament resumes in February 2016.

The Federal Government ‘agreed’ to four of the recommendations; ‘did not agree’ with one recommendation; and noted the remaining nine recommendations.

Read more, including what our CEO Adrienne Picone had to say about the results of the Inquiry, in the full Media Release here.

EV CREW is ready to go

Familiarisation sessions were held around the state on 14 and 15 December, to introduce the Emergency Volunteering CREW system to Tasmanian NGOs, emergency services, and other government authorities.

Adrian Shadbold (Tasmania Police), Cheryl Gray (Cradle Coast Authority), Lana Davis (Volunteering Tasmania) and Wayne Richards (SES).

Around 50 people attended the sessions to learn more about the system and how it can help direct goodwill following an emergency.

Short for Community Response to Extreme Weather, CREW can also be used to coordinate volunteer efforts for other emergencies too, including oil spills and pandemics.

Volunteers register before, during or after an emergency, listing any specialised skills, their location and availability.

Organisations delivering recovery programs can provide details about the people and skills they need – and the system makes the match.

For more information on EV CREW see http://emergencyvolunteering.com.au/tas or contact Project Manager, Margie Jenkin on MargieJ@volunteeringtas.org.au