Social Media Fundamentals training for NFPs – free statewide training opportunity

Volunteering Tasmania is delighted to be partnering with the Digital Ready for Business Program (Department of State Growth) to deliver their highly successful social media sessions to not for profit organisations.

With sessions to be delivered in Hobart, Launceston and Devonport, the first session will focus on Social Media Fundamentals.

Delivered by experienced digital coach and digital marketing specialist Rebecca King from Kingthing Marketing this free session will provide you with practical tips and tricks on how to get your social media to work for you.

All sessions are free and run from 6pm to 8pm.

Places are filling up fast. For more information and to register, click on the links below:

Launceston – Tuesday, 27 June

Hobart – Thursday, 29 June

Devonport – Monday, 3 July

New Skills Fund training partnership – a pathway to employment

Volunteering Tasmania is delighted to announce a new training partnership with the Ascent Training Group to provide a series of nationally recognised training sessions for volunteers, as part of a Certificate II in Community Services.

Subsidised by Skills Tasmania, this free course has flexible training hours and is specifically designed for volunteers who wish to gain skills dealing with the public in the community services sector, in particular the disability sector, but transferable for work in community organisation and care industries such as schools, libraries, aged care and personal care work.

For a complete run-down on the course and its outcomes, please download the following documents:

 

 

3 great reasons to become a Member of Volunteering Tasmania

1 – Your support for Volunteering Tasmania is support for volunteering

Volunteering Tasmania is the Peak body for volunteering. We advocate for volunteering, to make sure decision-makers hear your voice. We also research volunteering so that you know our information is up-to-date and relevant. Your Membership supports volunteers, those who work with volunteers, and in turn, the whole Tasmanian community.

Become a Member today.

 

2 – Help us to deliver our awesome free services

Volunteering Tasmania assists volunteers and volunteering in many ways: We help to recruit volunteers through online and face-to-face referrals, we provide training, we facilitate meetings where experts in the sector share best practice ideas, we act as a ‘help-desk’ for issues and queries, we match volunteers in emergency recovery, and much much more.

All this is provided to the sector free of charge, and we strive to help everyone who comes to us for assistance and advice.

However we need your help to keep up our great work! Your Membership supports volunteers, those who work with volunteers, and in turn, the whole Tasmanian community.

Become a Member today.

 

3 – Members get extra special treatment

Here at Volunteering Tasmania we provide the best service possible to everyone who needs it, regardless of Membership status. However, we have worked hard to build some Member Exclusive benefits to give people who support us through Membership extra special bonus value.

In addition to our free-of-charge services like online and face-to-face referral services, volunteer management support, and the Tasmanian Volunteering Awards; our Members can enjoy a range of benefits such as active promotion of volunteer vacancies, use of our communications channels to highlight their special events, and access to best-practice policy and procedures templates via our Members Only webpage.

Find out about all the benefits, and become a Member today.

Invitation to Join Volunteering Tasmania Board – Expressions of Interest due by Friday 23 June

Volunteering Tasmania is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from suitably experienced and skilled community members to be considered for subsequent nomination to the Volunteering Tasmania Board of Directors.

Volunteering Tasmania is the peak body for volunteering in Tasmania. It is a statewide, not for profit organisation with offices in Hobart and Launceston.

The role of the Volunteering Tasmania Board is to provide governance and strategic leadership to the organisation.

If you are interested in nominating for a position on the Board you should initially provide an Expression of Interest addressing the following points:

  1. Prior experience on Boards and Committees and/or knowledge of governance processes;
  2. Demonstrated ability to think strategically and analytically;
  3. The ability to attend meetings (currently 4 per year) and contribute to Committees and out of session discussions and decision making;
  4. Additional experience and skills you would bring to the Board.

In addition to the above attributes Volunteering Tasmania is particularly looking for people with any of the following skills and experience:

  • Partnership development
  • Government Stakeholder Relations

For more information or to obtain an information pack contact admin@volunteeringtas.org.au.

Expressions of interest close Friday 23 June 2017 and should be marked CONFIDENTIAL and addressed to:

The Chair

Volunteering Tasmania

95 – 97 Campbell Street

Hobart 7000

or admin@volunteeringtas.org.au

 

Advocating for Volunteering as a form of lifelong learning

Volunteering Tasmania recently gave feedback on a LINC Tasmania discussion paper on the value of lifelong learning.

At Volunteering Tasmania we strongly believe in the value of lifelong learning. Volunteering offers opportunities for Tasmanians to gain new skills and experiences, whilst simultaneously providing benefit to their communities.

Volunteering Tasmania believes there are strong alignments between lifelong learning, the value of volunteering and the goals of LINC Tasmania.

You can read our full submission here.

VT Advocacy: Submission to Senate Committee on National Disability Strategy

Volunteering Tasmania recently gave feedback on the National Disability Strategy 2010-2020.

The submission highlights the importance of volunteering in allowing people with disabilities to engage fully in society- socially, culturally and politically.

Volunteering Tasmania notes some of the barriers that currently exist to participation, and raised the importance of training and support for Volunteer Involving Organisations and Managers of Volunteers.

You can read the full submission here

VT Advocacy : Consultation Paper – National Code of Conduct

Volunteering Tasmania recently gave feedback to the DHHS on the new National Code of Conduct for Health Care Workers (the Code) in Tasmania, and its incorporation in the Health Complaints Act 1995.  The submission raised the need to clarify the role of volunteers under the Code and the process for directing any complaints.

You can read the full submission here.

Advocating for better volunteering data from the ABS

Volunteering Tasmania recently provided a submission to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) on the way volunteering data is collected.

Volunteering Tasmania has been a passionate voice for full resourcing of the ABS. We know how important consistent, reliable and impartial data is to our policy and research work.

Importantly, Volunteering Tasmania notes the need for the ABS to better align its data collection with the new definition of volunteering – one that better captures new and innovative ways that people volunteer their time.

In our daily work we also see the need for better collection of data at the local, community level. This is vital to properly recognize the contribution of volunteers in regional areas of Tasmania. We also know that it is valuable when Volunteer Involving Organisations are seeking to apply for grants or to report on levels of volunteering and giving in their community.

Read our full submission here.

Volunteering in Tasmania: Community Volunteering – Understanding Motivation, Sustaining Participation, Capturing Benefits

The University of Tasmania partnered with Volunteering Tasmania, RACT, Hydro Tasmania and the City of Hobart to research volunteering participation in Tasmania.

University of Tasmania School of Medicine researchers Dr Elizabeth Shannon and Dr Sue Pearson sought to understand volunteering participation in Tasmania- including what motivates and sustains volunteers.

This study surveyed 864 individuals, capturing their demographics, health status, volunteer activity, and motivations for volunteering. It also considered the physical and psychological health benefits of volunteering.

Group discussions were then held with 30 participants from Hobart, Launceston and Burnie to explore further how volunteering participation could be sustained.

Key findings of this research included:

  • volunteers valued the benefits they gained from volunteering
  • volunteers were self- motivated and cared about the cause that they were assisting
  • Strategies for increasing participation
  • Moving volunteers into high commitment roles

A copy of the summary report can be downloaded here.

For more information about the research please contact Dr Elizabeth Shannon on e.shannon@utas.edu.au

 

Winners announced for the 2017 Volunteering Awards

The winners of the 2017 Southern Cross Television Tasmanian Volunteering Awards were announced at Government House, Hobart on Monday afternoon, 8 May 2017.

Celebrating and recognising Tasmania’s outstanding volunteers, the Awards are always held on the first day of National Volunteer Week, which runs until Sunday, 14 May 2017.

During the awards ceremony Alison Lai, chief executive officer of Volunteering Tasmania will pay tribute to the calibre of the winners and finalists in each category.

“We had a record number of nominations this year and the quality was very strong,” Lai said.

“It was a difficult process for the judges to shortlist to three finalists in each category, and equally difficult to select a winner.

“Each finalist demonstrated incredibly high standards of commitment and contribution to their community and we had exceptional representation from all regions of Tasmania.

“It was particularly pleasing to have finalists travel from as far away as Queenstown and King Island.

“The fact that we had winners from the north, north-west and south shows that the spirit of volunteering is alive and well right across Tasmania.”

The Premier’s Tasmanian Volunteer of the Year, chosen from the winners of the individual award categories, was awarded to Christopher Hine. Christopher is the winner of the Lifeline Emergency Services Award.

 

The 2017 winners and finalists are:

INDIVIDUAL VOLUNTEER AWARDS

Lifeline Emergency Services Award
 David Gleeson – Lachlan Fire Brigade
 Christopher Hine – State Emergency Service (WINNER)
 Phillip de Bomford – Sheffield Fire Brigade

NRM South Environment, Animal Care and Conservation Award
 Mark Bartlett and Angela Knight – Bridgewater/Gagebrook Clean Up Group
 Nel Smit – Taroona Art Trail
 Dr Eric Woehler – BirdLife Tasmania (WINNER)

Anglicare Lifestyle Community Care and Health Award
 Kim Dunstan – Zeehan Gem and Mineral Fair
 Mary Gates – Royal Hobart Hospital
 Joy Searle – Mathers House Hobart (WINNER)

The Arts, Heritage and Tourism Award
 Ruby Doherty – North West theatre community
 Chris Palmer – Australian Wooden Boat Festival (WINNER)
 Dianne Powell – Queenstown Gallery Museum

The MyState Education, Science and Technology Award
 Hina and Waqas Durrani – Multicultural Council of Tasmania (WINNER)
 Amanda McMaster – YMCA Little Listeners Program
 Brother Sean McManus – CatholicCare’s Light the Way Study Club

The Sport and Recreation Award
 Tracy Badman – Devonport Gymnastics Club
 Tom Bain – Tamar Yacht Club
 Shaun Donohue – Deloraine Football Club (WINNER)

The Premier’s Volunteer of the Year
 Christopher Hine – State Emergency Service

PROGRAM AWARDS

Hydro Tasmania Excellence Award for Best Practice in Volunteer Management
 Shelley Haas – Royal Hobart Hospital (WINNER)
 Liz Lord – Australian Wooden Boat Festival
 Melody Towns – Be Hers

Tasplan Super Corporate Award for an employee volunteering program
 Hydro Tasmania (WINNER)
 Royal Automobile Club of Tasmania (RACT)
 University of Tasmania – Young Tassie Scientists

CatholicCare Volunteer Program of the Year
 King Island Meals on Wheels
 The Launceston Community Legal Centre (WINNER)
 The LCG: Older Persons Electronic Network Computer Club

Click here to read the stories behind our finalists.