Thank your volunteers by giving the gift of membership!

As we approach International Volunteer Day (December 5), it’s a time where coordinators and managers of volunteers start to think hard about what they can do to express their appreciation for the contribution of their wonderful volunteers.

This year, Volunteering Tasmania is making it easy for you. We have drastically reduced the cost of Individual Memberships to just $10 per person, as long as you are giving that Membership to a volunteer.

This is a great gift any time of year, but is particularly special to celebrate IVD, the end of the year, and/or a faith-based event like Christmas.

The steps are simple:

  1. Email us at, letting us know how many Memberships you’d like to purchase
  2. We send you a document to collect the details about the volunteers you are buying Membership for, along with an invoice for the full amount
  3. You complete the document and payment
  4. We send you an E-Gift Card for you to email to, or print for your volunteers.

This offer is available until 15 December, but please apply early to account for processing.

Please note that International Volunteer Day (5 Dec) requests must be received by Tuesday 28 November.

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Thank your volunteers by giving the gift of membership! 2017-11-22T14:36:36+00:00

Feedback from Tassie’s volunteering sector highlights concerns for future

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.
Alison Lai

CEO Volunteering Tasmania

Feedback from Tassie’s volunteering sector highlights concerns for future 2017-11-14T15:25:32+00:00

Nominations are now open for the Southern Cross Television Tasmanian Volunteering Awards 2018!

Today, Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner, AC, Governor of Tasmania launched the 2018 Southern Cross Television Tasmanian Volunteering Awards.

This awards program is entering its third year, and is an initiative of Volunteering Tasmania and the Tasmanian Government.

These awards aim to recognise and reward the contribution of those who exhibit excellence in volunteering, and are the only state-wide volunteering recognition program.

In an independent study researched by the Institute of Project Management, Tasmanians volunteer 7.1 million hours a year, with the value of volunteering to the Tasmanian community being $4.9 billion annually.

“Volunteers are in every community in Tasmania. They represent the third biggest workforce in our State, yet too often their impact goes unseen”, said Alison Lai, CEO of Volunteering Tasmania.

“This Awards program is vitally important for highlighting and officially recognising the amazing variety and number of volunteers we have in Tasmania,” said Lai.

In a true reflection of this, the Awards program has a wide range of voting categories, including: tourism, arts, and heritage; sport and recreation; emergency volunteering; community care; education and science; animal care and conservation; as well as Volunteer Manager of the Year and Corporate Volunteer Program of the Year.

“The most popular category last year was the Volunteer Program of the Year – it was heart-warming to read so many amazing stories of selfless Tasmanians dedicating so much time to giving back to our community, without expecting payment”, said Lai.

Nominations are open here, and close on 5pm, March 2, 2018.

Awards will be presented at the beginning of National Volunteer Week, 21 May 2018; in a formal ceremony at Government House.

Nominate a deserving Tasmanian today!

Nominations are now open for the Southern Cross Television Tasmanian Volunteering Awards 2018! 2017-12-01T09:27:41+00:00