Join or renew as a Member to show your support for Volunteering in Tasmania

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…

Join or renew as a Member to show your support for Volunteering in Tasmania 2016-05-18T02:03:29+00:00

Final report into Arts and the News to Rural and Regional Australia

The final report from the House of Representatives Inquiry into Arts and the News to Rural and Regional Australia has recently been tabled.

The report makes a total of 9 recommendations and notes that engagement with the arts for individuals and communities is necessary and important – particularly for regional areas like Tasmania.

Volunteering Tasmania was pleased to note that the importance of volunteering was highlighted in the report . It noted that our artistic groups that engage volunteers and amateur artists, increasingly benefit from the access to professional networks and events- often only afforded through regional and rural tours.

You can read the full report and recommendations here: http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/House/Communications/BroadcastingandProduction/Report

Final report into Arts and the News to Rural and Regional Australia 2017-09-25T11:00:59+00:00

Seeking an outstanding individual to join our team

Volunteer Services Coordinator | Hobart | .8FTE | SHCADS Level 5

Are you great with people?

Are you looking for a role with variety and impact, where your experience will be respected and valued?

We are seeking a Volunteer Services Coordinator (paid role) to help us deliver outstanding services to the community in line with our Mission and values.

The Volunteer Services Coordinator is responsible for recruiting, supervising, supporting and coordinating Volunteering Tasmania’s volunteers. This role is also responsible for overseeing the Volunteer Connect service, linking volunteers to volunteer involving organisations.

The right person for this role is organised, motivated and solutions-focussed.

Experience managing or coordinating volunteers is highly advantageous, but not essential.

Would you like to join our team?

Applicants must include a covering letter along with their resume and address the selection criteria.

Volunteer Services Coordinator Position Description

Volunteer Services Coordinator Selection Criteria

Completed applications are to be:

by 4pm Tuesday 31 May.

Telephone enquiries welcome – ask for Adrienne Picone, CEO, on (03) 6231 5550

Seeking an outstanding individual to join our team 2017-09-25T11:00:59+00:00

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