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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

EV CREW is ready to go 2017-09-25T11:01:02+00:00

Sector priorities have been submitted to State Government Agencies

Over the past twelve months Volunteering Tasmania has been privileged to support our volunteers and volunteer involving organisations in Tasmania.

2016 looks to be a similarly action packed year. We are looking forward to hitting the ground running and raising the profile of volunteering across the State.

One of the key ways Volunteering Tasmania helps to support raise awareness of the volunteering industry is through our Budget Priority Statement.

This (quite lengthy!) document is one of our core advocacy tools. It is informed by feedback from people like you – through our ongoing discussions, our Network meetings, stakeholder surveys and best practice research.

All of this work goes towards helping the whole team at Volunteering Tasmania better understand the needs of our sector.

Our Budget Priority Statement is a great opportunity for Volunteering Tasmania to formally outline to the State Government where we think investment can be made in the volunteering sector.

Our submission spans a range of Agencies (from Health, to State Growth to Justice) with recommendations around a range of different issues, including:

·       Funding to support celebratory activities in National Volunteer Week;

·       Investment in our Managers/Coordinators of Volunteers;

·       Easy invoicing for Working With Children Checks/ Police Checks;

·       Investigate options for easy and affordable insurance for Volunteer Involving Organisations;

·       Reinvigorate volunteering in schools curriculum

We will keep discussing the priorities mentioned in these documents as part of our strategic direction over the coming year.

We welcome any feedback on our policy and advocacy work, as we continue to raise these issues over the next year. Please contact us if you have any comments to add.

If you want to participate in our bi-monthly Managers of Volunteers Network meetings to ensure your feedback is incorporated in our ongoing policy and advocacy work, please contact us for information on upcoming events in your region.

 

You can read either the full document, or the individual agency documents below:

Budget Priority Statement DPAC Submission 2016-17

Full Budget Priority Statement 2016-17 All Agencies

Budget Priority Statement DHHS Submission 2016-17

Budget Priority Statement Department of State Growth Submission 2016-17

Budget Priority Statement Department of Education Submission 2016-17

Budget Priority Statement Department of Justice Submission 2016-17

Sector priorities have been submitted to State Government Agencies 2017-09-25T11:01:02+00:00

New Emergency Volunteering service is now available

Like so many disasters around Australia, the Tasmanian bushfires in 2013 highlighted the goodwill of the community. People across the state and the country, put their hands up to help.

The challenge is knowing what effected communities need, and channelling goodwill in a way that’s safe, coordinated and effective.

Volunteering Tasmania is thrilled to implement Emergency Volunteering CREW (Community Response to Extreme Weather). The custom-made volunteer management system has been tried and tested over many years by Volunteering Queensland. EV CREW matches volunteers’ skills, availability and location, with the needs of organisations delivering recovery activities after an emergency.

Register today, and we’ll whistle you in, if and when your help is needed.

Our thanks for your interest and generosity!
Volunteering Tasmania

New Emergency Volunteering service is now available 2017-09-25T11:01:02+00:00

New Awards announced in time for International Volunteer Day this Saturday

New Awards announced in time for International Volunteer Day this Saturday

Nominations are now open for the inaugural Tasmanian Volunteering Awards!

Volunteers and Volunteer Involving Organisations have a huge impact on the Tasmanian community.

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

Find out more and nominate here!

New Awards announced in time for International Volunteer Day this Saturday 2017-09-25T11:01:02+00:00

Volunteering grants announced

Australian Government funding is now available for organisations to apply for grants between $1,000 and $5,000 to help with costs of volunteering.

To be eligible to apply, organisations must be Australian not-for-profit organisations whose volunteers support families and communities across Australia.

These funds can help to pay for costs of fuel, training, background security checks and transport for volunteers with disability who cannot drive. The funds can also be used to help with the expense of small equipment items like iPads and printers, helping organisations to keep pace with technology and ensure their volunteers have access to digital and electronic equipment.

Further information on how to apply for the funding is available at www.dss.gov.au/grants

Volunteering grants announced 2015-12-02T22:05:56+00:00

Happy International Volunteer Managers Day! We have a gift for you…

Introducing our brand spanking new Value of volunteering calculator

This dual-purpose calculator is useful for both managers of volunteers, as well as individual volunteers.

The Organisational calculator

The organisational calculator gives a full cost benefit analysis of the value of a volunteer program.

This calculator considers the overall economic impact an organisation that involves volunteers has in the community.

If you are a manager of volunteers, this calculator will quickly give you evidence for use in:

  • Reporting
  • Funding applications and
  • Strategic planning

The calculator will also help you to ‘manage up’ and make a case for investment in volunteering.

The Individual calculator

The individual calculator calculates an average cost to an organisation to replace a volunteer position. This is based on the average cost of their age cohort based on the evidence in the State of Volunteering Report 2014.

It is a quick way for an individual to appreciate the economic contribution they bring to an organisation.

We hope you love it, and that it helps you in the execution of your role.

Happy International Volunteer Managers Day! We have a gift for you… 2015-12-02T21:51:11+00:00

Volunteering grants announced

Australian Government funding is now available for organisations to apply for grants between $1,000 and $5,000 to help with costs of volunteering.

To be eligible to apply, organisations must be Australian not-for-profit organisations whose volunteers support families and communities across Australia.

These funds can help to pay for costs of fuel, training, background security checks and transport for volunteers with disability who cannot drive. The funds can also be used to help with the expense of small equipment items like iPads and printers, helping organisations to keep pace with technology and ensure their volunteers have access to digital and electronic equipment.

Further information on how to apply for the funding is available at www.dss.gov.au/grants

Volunteering grants announced 2015-12-03T02:55:50+00:00

Happy International Volunteer Managers Day! We have a gift for you…

Introducing our brand spanking new Value of volunteering calculator

This dual-purpose calculator is useful for both managers of volunteers, as well as individual volunteers.

The Organisational calculator

The organisational calculator gives a full cost benefit analysis of the value of a volunteer program.

This calculator considers the overall economic impact an organisation that involves volunteers has in the community.

If you are a manager of volunteers, this calculator will quickly give you evidence for use in:

  • Reporting
  • Funding applications and
  • Strategic planning

The calculator will also help you to ‘manage up’ and make a case for investment in volunteering.

The Individual calculator

The individual calculator calculates an average cost to an organisation to replace a volunteer position. This is based on the average cost of their age cohort based on the evidence in the State of Volunteering Report 2014.

It is a quick way for an individual to appreciate the economic contribution they bring to an organisation.

We hope you love it, and that it helps you in the execution of your role.

Happy International Volunteer Managers Day! We have a gift for you… 2015-12-03T02:14:25+00:00

Increasing Choice in Home Care Submission

The Federal Government announced significant reforms to home care as part of the 2015-16 Budget.  Part of these reforms includes the introduction of consumer directed care (CDC) – designed to enable older people to make choices about their home care services.

Volunteering Tasmania recently provided feedback to the Department of Social Services on their “Increasing Choice in Home Care – Stage 1 Discussion Paper”. This submission provided comments on the introduction of CDC, the My Aged Care system and the consolidated CHSP. These changes are of importance to the volunteering sector.

This paper is a summary of the feedback provided to the Department. 

Increasing Choice in Home Care Submission 2015-12-09T04:45:35+00:00

Working with Children Checks Submission

We recently provided a submission to the Department of Justice on amendments to the Registration to Work with Vulnerable People Act 2013.

We support measures to protect the reduced fee for volunteers needing a Working with Children Check.  However we have recommended that the Department offer a ‘grace’ period if any amendments are made to this legislation. VT knows that the Working with Children Checks have been a big change for many VIOs and volunteers. As such, we suggest that time is needed so that organisations and volunteers can adapt to any changes.

VT will continue to raise awareness amongst the volunteer sector about the Working with Children Checks and the legal requirements for VIOs and volunteers. We hope continued education will minimise risk of misusing volunteer registration fees.

You can read the submission here.

Working with Children Checks Submission 2015-12-02T22:09:24+00:00