News from the North West

It’s been a busy month across the North West of the state for Mark Shelton, our Community Engagement Officer (NW).

Mark, Rachel Freeman (Statewide Coordinator, Volunteer Services) and Volunteering Tasmania CEO Alison Lai traveled to Smithton on Friday 11 May to deliver an Information Session at the Wyndarra Centre for both Volunteer Involving Organisations and community members.

Topics covered were background checks for volunteers, dealing with conflict and grievances, and a round-table on all things volunteering in the Circular Head region. The session was well-attended and based on the feedback received, we will certainly be hosting more of these types of sessions in the future.  If your organisation is interested in being a hosting venue, please contact Mark via email at

As part of our statewide National Volunteer Week celebrations, we “popped up” at the Makers Workshop in Burnie to thank and recognise their wonderful volunteers.  The Makers Workshop is a lively hub that has several volunteers that assist in delivering services across their range of programs; it’s a venue that offers fantastic facilities to tourists and locals alike.  Many thanks to the volunteers who agreed to be photographed with our ‘i volunteer’ heart during the event.

On Friday 25 May, Mark went to see the group at the Burnie Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY program), and presented an Introduction to Volunteering to their participants. The parents who attended were very excited to share their volunteering experiences as well as find out about new opportunities available in their local area. There was a strong focus and discussion around volunteering positions suitable for parents of young children and about how organisations can attract and retain volunteers if they offer a flexible approach for those with young families.

In June Mark will be delivering information sessions to the Burnie and Devonport Centrelink sites, plus will be assisting in hosting our Network Meetings and workshops. We look forward to meeting you all at the North West Network Meeting at Burnie Arts and Function Centre on Thursday 7 June.  To RSVP please email