Welcome to Sarah Courtney, MP

Volunteering Tasmania are pleased to be working with Sarah Courtney MP, our new representative in the Department of Premier and Cabinet, who takes the reins from the esteemed Guy Barnett, MP.   Sarah says a few words below:

“There are so many benefits to volunteering and I encourage everyone to get involved and give as much or as little time as you can spare. The companionship, skills, stimulation and feeling of involvement that being a volunteer brings is limited only by your willingness and ability to give.

“I have a varied background – with degrees and experience in Commerce, Chemical Engineering, and Wine Technology and Viticulture – and now as a member of the Tasmanian Parliament. In each of these areas of employment and interest, I have had opportunity to interact with volunteers, and appreciate the value and experience they bring to any organisation.

“My volunteer hours over the past few years have often been spent working with the Beacon Foundation and I love the interaction with our local young people, watching them grow and develop into enthusiastic and productive members of their community.

“The Liberal Government last year recognised Volunteering Tasmania as the state’s peak body for volunteers. The provision of ongoing core funding of $260,000 a year, announced in the 2015 budget, demonstrates the value we place on the organisation and its services.

“I look forward to working with Volunteering Tasmania, supporting and encouraging volunteers within our community, as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier, Community and Veterans Affairs and I encourage you to continue supporting the work of Volunteering Tasmania.”

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A special invitation to our sector issues consultation

Every year, staff from Volunteering Tasmania visit communities across the State to discuss how we could best promote effective volunteerism, and advocate for the volunteering sector.

Please join us for this Special Network Meeting to explore and discuss all things volunteering.

Your feedback has been critical to allow us to advance our policy and advocacy work. It has been particularly important for us to hear wide ranging sector concerns, as this has given us a growing opportunity to voice your issues to both government and the wider community.

We would be delighted if you would join us and add your voice. Please feel free to bring along anyone in your organisation who would like to also have their opinions heard. RSVPs are essential as spaces are limited, RSVP by clicking on the link below.

This year, the times and locations are:

North Hobart
Tuesday 11 Oct
2 – 4pm
Italian Day Centre
81 Federal Street, North Hobart

Bridgewater
Wednesday 12 October
10:30am – 12:30pm
Brighton Council Civic Centre
Green Point Rd, Bridgewater

Launceston
Thursday 13 October
10:30am – 12:30pm
Community Care Tasmania
8 Broadland Drive, Launceston

Latrobe
Tuesday 18 October
11am – 1pm
Latrobe Council Chambers
170 Gilbert St, Latrobe

Burnie
Wednesday 19 October
10am – 12midday
Video Conference Room, Domestic Arts Building (Maker’s Workshop)
2 Bass Hwy, Burnie

Please RSVP by completing the registration form here:
Event Registration – Sector Issues Consultation

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Advocacy – VT Appeals Funding Cuts to Community Legal Centres

Volunteering Tasmania echoes calls made by the National Association of Community Legal Centres (NACLC) to restore funding to this vital service.

$12.1 million in funding has been removed from Community Legal Centres nationally – a service that sees over 575 000 hours donated by volunteers each year. We calculate (https://www.volunteeringtas.org.au/for-organisations/value-of-volunteering-calculator/) that Community Legal Centres deliver over $26 million in benefits to the community directly from this volunteer contribution.

We are concerned that reduced funding will place additional pressure on volunteers; and Community Legal Centres may not have the ability to provide the vital volunteer support and management to ensure volunteer retention. Skilled volunteers are not a free and unlimited resource.

To read Volunteering Tasmania’s letter to the Attorney General, view our Advocacy Section under Publications (https://www.volunteeringtas.org.au/publications/) .

National Association of Community Legal Centres

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