Over the past few weeks, the team at Volunteering Tasmania has been travelling around the island listening to many of you share your views on the issues facing Tasmanian volunteers and the organisations that involve them.
We have heard from people living in all corners of the State, and there are two things that you all have in common.
The first thing is that you all have a contagious passion for volunteering, and we thank you for sharing that with us.
The second common message was that you’re concerned about the future of volunteering on our island.
These concerns are based on your attempts to maintain volunteer numbers in the face of increasing compliance and regulation, transient populations and increasingly time-poor community members.
We heard you loud and clear and over the next few weeks we will take your concerns and use them to inform our budget priority submission for the Tasmanian Government.
This submission will call upon the government to prioritise funding in their 2018-19 State Budget for initiatives that will safeguard volunteering into the future.
We will be asking for the prioritisation of initiatives that provide immediate impact to relieve the pressures on volunteers and the organisations that involve them.
We will also be requesting investment into long-term strategies that will assist us to prepare for forecasted changes in the number of volunteers across the island.
I look forward to sharing our finalised submission with you in the December edition of eNews.
For all the volunteers.
CEO Volunteering Tasmania