Volunteers in Action

A Doggone Great Job

At the Hobart Dogs’ Home there are plenty of pups and pooches wanting a bit of love and exercise every day. That takes a lot of time and effort from an amazing bunch of volunteers who along with staff are the back bone of the organisation.

With over 70 years’ volunteering experience as a group, there is never a dull moment with time spent walking, feeding, cuddling and training all the canines making sure that their hopefully short stay at the home is as much like a home as possible.

Image: Hobart Dogs’ Home  volunteers with ‘Akusha’ one of the gorgeous dogs available for adoption.

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Message from the CEO – April 2018

As we begin the countdown to National Volunteer Week, I’d like to take this opportunity to reflect on this year’s theme ‘Give a Little, Change A lot’.

There are many ways to interpret these words, and when I read them I am reminded of a quote from Mother Teresa that says “We know only too well that what we are doing is nothing more than a drop in the ocean. But if that drop is not there, the ocean would be missing something.”

For those Tasmanians volunteering, sometimes it can feel like our contribution is no more than a drop in the ocean, particularly for causes that we are passionate about.

Yet whether someone is volunteering every now and then or dedicating many hours each week, the combined effort of each and every one of us is impactful.

So this year when we celebrate National Volunteer Week from 21 to 27 May, I look forward to talking with as many volunteers as I can.

As I listen to their stories and share in their passions I will remind them of the significance of their contribution, regardless of whether they’re volunteering one hour a month, 15 hours a week or more.

Even those that feel they’re only giving a little, I’ll remind them that they are actually changing a lot, because without them our island community would indeed be missing something, just like the ocean Mother Teresa mentions.

Yours in volunteering,
Alison Lai

Message from the CEO – April 2018 2018-04-27T14:58:08+00:00

April Network Meetings

Network Meetings

There was a great turnout to our April  bi-monthly Network Meetings around the state. With many volunteers sharing their lived experiences, resonating the importance and value they provide to the organisations they volunteer for.  With a combined attendance total of 68 in Hobart, Launceston and Burnie everyone was treated to presentations from guest speakers on risk management and volunteering.

Interest in our network meetings have been rapidly increasing with attending numbers growing– it is always wonderful to see new faces! Thank you to all those that came and also the feedback that was provided is very helpful for our next meetings and driving helpful discussions amongst us all.

We would love to see you at our next round of Network Meetings in June:

– Tuesday 5 June (Hobart)
– Wednesday 6 June (Launceston)
– Thursday 7 June (Burnie)

Further information to come soon, we will be discussing some great topics of benefit to volunteer-involving organisations!

 

 

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Finalists announced for the 2018 Southern Cross Television Tasmanian Volunteering Awards

Volunteering Tasmania, Southern Cross Television and the Tasmanian Government are delighted to announce this years’ finalists of the 2018 Southern Cross Television  Tasmanian Volunteering Awards.

To view the finalists, click here.

Volunteering Tasmania and the category judges would like to acknowledge the amazing calibre of nominations in every category and would like to thank every nominator for their efforts in nominating and of course acknowledge the amazing efforts of all the volunteers that were nominated.

Volunteering Tasmania, her Excellency the Governor of Tasmania and representatives from the Department of Premier and Cabinet look forward to meeting finalists, their guests and their nominator at Government House on May 21, 2018 for the Awards ceremony.

For all those who narrowly missed out on the finalist round, every individual nominee and nominated program will be receiving a Certification of Recognition and Appreciation, our way of saying thanks on behalf of all Tasmanians.

Finalists announced for the 2018 Southern Cross Television Tasmanian Volunteering Awards 2018-04-27T07:11:44+00:00

In Focus: Tasmanian volunteer ambulance officers

Volunteering Tasmania is working with Ambulance Tasmania to better understand the key issues and challenges volunteers face when responding to emergency medical situations across Tasmania.

Volunteering Tasmania chief executive, Alison Lai says the project will not only provide Ambulance Tasmania with further feedback on their volunteer management practices, but it will also be a valuable opportunity for their volunteers to share their ideas and thoughts.

“We are committed to understanding what can be done to continue improving the experience of volunteers,” Alison said.

“Volunteering Tasmania will use the information we collect through this project to provide recommendations to Ambulance Tasmania that are based on the feedback of their volunteers and also in accordance with the National Standards for Volunteer Involvement.”

Volunteering Tasmania is leading this project so that respondents can provide input confidentially and individuals will not be identified in the final report.

“We are encouraging anyone who is currently a volunteer ambulance officer, or has been involved previously, to complete our online survey,” Alison said.

The recommendations from this project will also be used to complement the initiatives outlined in the Liberal Government’s commitment to invest $800,000 per year into supporting volunteer ambulance officers.

The Ambulance Tasmania survey will be live until the end of April and can be accessed here.

In Focus: Tasmanian volunteer ambulance officers 2018-04-18T10:25:12+00:00

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‘Volunteering in Sport Report’ highlights key challenges

There is no doubt that Tasmanians love sport and it is estimated that over 123,000 Tasmanians volunteer in sport at least once a year.

Volunteering Tasmania has released a ‘Volunteering in Sport Report’ which delivers key insights into how volunteers are recruited, supported, and recognised by Tasmanian sporting organisations.

The research outlines a number of key issues faced by hundreds of sporting clubs of all sizes, across the state.

Alison Lai, CEO of Volunteering Tasmania said “whilst most clubs are good at rewarding and recognising volunteers, finding and keeping them was a key concern reported by most sporting organisations.”

“Our research indicates that there is a high reliance on core groups of increasingly time-poor volunteers, that more volunteers are needed, and more support is required to recruit and retain volunteers,” she said.

The report acknowledges that these challenges are not unique to the sporting sector and are similar to the experiences of other volunteer involving organisations across Tasmania.

“To address these challenges, the report recommends educating Tasmanian sporting organisations about changing volunteer expectations, the promotion of existing volunteer workforce planning resources and encouraging the sharing of best-practice volunteer management case-studies from within the Tasmanian sporting sector,” Ms Lai said.

The ‘Volunteering in Sport Report’ was based on consultation with more than 230 Tasmanian sporting organisations and was supported by the Tasmanian Government through Communities, Sport and Recreation.

Volunteering Tasmania encourages sporting organisations to download the free report here, or contact Volunteering Tasmania for more information.

‘Volunteering in Sport Report’ highlights key challenges 2018-04-18T10:21:23+00:00