International Volunteer Day 2018

Volunteering Tasmania proudly supports International Volunteer Day (IVD) on 5 December, to raise awareness on the important role volunteers play in responding to challenges facing the world.

About International Volunteer Day (IVD)

International Volunteer Day (IVD) mandated by the UN General Assembly, is held each year on 5 December.  It is viewed as a unique chance for volunteers and organizations to celebrate their efforts, to share their values, and to promote their work among their communities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), United Nations agencies, government authorities and the private sector.

Apart from mobilising thousands of volunteers every year, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme contributes to peace and development by advocating for the recognition of volunteers and working with partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming.

2018 Theme: Volunteers build Resilient Communities

International Volunteer Day (IVD) 2018, “Volunteers build resilient communities”, recognises volunteers worldwide – with a special focus on local community volunteers – who contribute to making their communities more resilient against natural disasters, economic stresses and political shocks. The campaign theme combines the recognition of volunteers with concrete evidence from the State of the World’s Volunteerism Report (SWVR) 2018.

#IVD2018 focuses on the values of volunteerism through the appreciation of local volunteers, including the marginalised groups and women, who make up nearly 60 per cent of volunteers worldwide, and their impact on building #ResilientCommunities.

Resources

Click HERE to download a Word template of the below editable certificate.

Click HERE to download our Tip Sheet ’50+ Ideas for Volunteer Recognition’.

Visit the UN Volunteers website for more information and to access the IVD2018 resource centre.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Originally published as International Volunteer Day.

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New free legal guide for volunteering sector

Justice Connect’s newly launched National Volunteer Guide, written in close consultation with Volunteering Australia, provides an overview of the key legal obligations organisations have to their volunteers.

This free resource aims to help community groups better manage their relationship with their volunteers, and in turn, will help volunteers feel supported.

The Guide is divided into six parts and covers the following key issues:

  • Glossary of common terms and overview (Part 1)
  • Understanding the legal differences between a volunteer, employee and independent contractor (Part 2)
  • Understanding your organisation’s legal obligations in relation to the safety of its volunteers (Part 3)
  • Protecting volunteers and other people your volunteers are interacting with from unlawful workplace behaviour (Part 4)
  • Recruiting, inducting, managing performance and ending the volunteer relationship (Part 5), and
  • Organisational issues applicable to volunteers (Part 6).

The Australian Government’s Department of Social Services funded the project, and Volunteering Tasmania supports it wholeheartedly.

You can find the Guide at  www.nfplaw.org.au/volunteers.

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Volunteer Managers in the Spotlight on November 5

November 5 is International Volunteer Managers Day, with Volunteering Tasmania joining their members and others across Australia (and the globe) in thanking the wonderful people who manage volunteers.

It is sometimes challenging for people to understand what managers’ of volunteers do, they are the ones in charge of looking after those incredible individuals who volunteer their time willingly to help our community.

Dr Lisa Schimanksi CEO of Volunteering Tasmania says

“Managers of volunteers play a vital role, you need only think about any sporting club in Tasmania, any community organisation, environmental or tourism group, arts or emergency service group to realise that every one of these organisations requires management of volunteers.

They manage recruitment and training of new volunteers, they manage the paperwork, insurances, they do inductions, they negotiate work plans, they schedule the rosters and they do the reporting. They work through difficult issues, sometimes deal with conflict and always ensure the volunteers are welcomed, appreciated, recognised and thanked” she said.

Carolyn Whamond is a qualified Volunteer Manager at Calvary Private Hospital who manages over 120 volunteers says

“It is a relatively new profession, but an increasingly necessary one.

It is obviously a role that requires people skills but it is also a role that includes understanding of regulatory frameworks, risk management and HR” she says.

Dr Schimanksi adds “ While there are more paid volunteer management roles than in previous years, it is still common for people who manage volunteers to also be volunteers themselves or if they are employees of an organisation, they do the volunteer management component from the side of their desk.

“Ideally this will change over time as volunteer involving organisations realise how impactful managing the volunteer effort is for the best organisational outcomes “ she said.

We spend much of our time recognising the contribution of volunteers in our community, and rightly so, their 7.1 million* plus hours given freely to Tasmania each year is an enormous contribution, however International Volunteer Managers Day  is a day to  reach out and thank those  people in your club or organisations making volunteering happen from the inside.

They all deserve a very big thank you for the work that they do.

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