Office opening hours over the holiday period

Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2019!

The Volunteering Tasmania team would like to wish you a very happy holiday season.

Thank you for your ongoing support of VT in 2018 and we look forward to working alongside you again in 2019.

The Volunteering Tasmania office will be closed from Friday 21 December 2018 and will reopen on Wednesday 2nd of January 2019.

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Tasmanian Government receives our Budget Priority Submission for 2019-20

It is with great pleasure that we share with you a copy of Volunteering Tasmania’s 2019-20 Budget Priority Submission.

Our Submission was carefully researched over a number of months in consultation with Member organisations across the state. During these discussions we continued to hear of the strong need to address a range of challenges facing volunteerism, with a particular focus on professionalising the approach to volunteer management and aligning best practice frameworks.

Our Submission details a request for support from the Tasmanian Government to strengthen the organisational frameworks for volunteering and align them to the National Standards for Volunteer Involvement to better protect organisations from inadvertently converting volunteers to employees or not appropriately upholding the rights of volunteers in their workplaces. We have advocated for investment in an inaugural statewide training program to achieve this, and more.

We look forward to providing you an update on our progress in the New Year.

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Tasmanian Volunteering Awards launched for 2019

As part of our International Volunteer Day celebrations, Premier Will Hodgman officially launched the 2019 Tasmanian Volunteering Awards.

The Awards now in their fourth year, are Tasmania’s only state-wide awards program that formally recognises excellence in volunteering and showcases inspiring stories of individual and organisational volunteering across our State.

The Premier said “The Government is a strong supporter of our wonderful volunteers and volunteer organisations and the Awards are about reflecting on the important contribution Volunteers make to our State.

“Communities and individuals are encouraged to take the time to nominate a volunteer in the 10 available award categories.”

Nominations are now officially open! Visit this webpage to see all the Award Categories and to start nominating.

The Awards would not be possible without the support of our sponsors. Our gratitude goes to Anglicare Tasmania, Aurora Energy, Bulk Nutrients, CatholicCare Tasmania, Hydro Tasmania, Lifeline Tasmania, Spirit of Tasmania and TasTAFE; and of course our major partner Tasmanian Government and our wonderful media partner Southern Cross Austereo.

Pictures from the Awards Opening Ceremony can be found on our Facebook page.

View our Awards television advert on our YouTube channel.

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International Volunteer Day highlights the connection between volunteering and sustainability

December 5 is International Volunteers Day. It’s a day to celebrate volunteers and the contribution they make to our communities. It’s also a day to reflect on the impact that volunteering has on our world.

Volunteers build resilient communities. The theme of this year’s International Volunteers Day is Resilient Communities. Building strong communities that make sure their members are healthy, the economy is stable, and that a network of social services is available to support people in need.

Volunteers are the lifeblood that gives this strength. They run the line at the footy, raise funds for the school computers, deliver meals to the elderly, or give a loved one a break from caring. You will find them on standby in case of fire, organising the local art exhibition, planting trees, and much, much more.

In our hyper-linked, cyber-driven world we sometimes lament days gone past when we felt our communities were closer and more connected than they are today. But I think we can let nostalgia get in our way. The strength of our communities is right in front of us, and it’s powered by volunteers.

You can see it as you drive up the Brooker on a Saturday morning, with all those parents and grandparents powering the local soccer, netball and hockey matches. It’s there when you swim between the flags at the beach, when you pop into the local library, pay a visit to the dog’s home, or discover the past in our world-class museums.

Volunteers build communities that are inclusive and connected. On International Volunteers Day we celebrate how our volunteers help us build resilient communities. Communities that support those that are vulnerable, that need a helping hand. Volunteers build communities that are inclusive and connected. They help out in times of trouble to give a mate a hand, and more importantly to give a stranger a hand.

Volunteers strengthen humanity globally. The United Nations have also recognised the incredible contribution that volunteers make, particularly in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

There are 17 Sustainable Development Goals that are a shared aspiration for humanity by 2030. The Sustainable Development Goals are a call to action for all countries to achieve a better and more sustainable future. They include no poverty, zero hunger, good health and well-being, good education, gender equality, clean water and sanitation, affordable and clean energy, and sustainable cities and communities.

The only way to achieve the goals is together—community, government, civil society and the private sector. Working together we will drive the achievement of these goals locally, nationally and globally.

The United Nations understand and celebrate that it is our volunteers that underpin these goals. Volunteers inspire and engage others, as well as take action to implement these goals through grass roots activities.

Our volunteers contribute toward a humanity that is fairer, that cares more, and does not leave anyone behind. They help our communities to be resilient and sustainable.

This is how fundamental volunteers are to our communities, they build resilience locally and strengthen humanity globally.

Dr Lisa Schimanski
CEO, Volunteering Tasmania

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