The value of volunteering is undeniable.
Volunteering connects us to ourselves, it connects us to others, and it connects us to our communities. In every location and every realm of life’s activities there are volunteers. However, volunteering is multi-faceted and complex. And as with every other aspect of modern life, it is subject to rapid changes in technology, regulation, and individual as well as societal expectation.
As the peak body for volunteering in Tasmania, Volunteering Tasmania attempts to capture and quantify the changing nature of volunteering through the Tasmanian State of Volunteering Report. We aim to better support the volunteers, volunteer-involving organisations and the Tasmanian Government as we work together to ensure a vibrant and active volunteer sector into the future.
The 2019 State of Volunteering Report builds on the foundation of the 2014 report. The approach has been refined, but many aspects of the two reports are comparable, allowing us to see clear trends in the Tasmanian volunteering sector.
This report observes the changing characteristics of Tasmanian volunteers through a population based survey. It recognises the changing needs and challenges of volunteer-involving organisations through a census. The costs, benefits and overall social, cultural and economic value of volunteering to our state are quantified through a return-on-investment analysis.
The expectations on the act of volunteering and volunteers themselves are higher than ever before. Volunteering enhances social connectedness, skills, training, confidence and job preparedness. It reduces the epidemic of loneliness and builds social, human and cultural capital. Our communities are increasingly reliant on volunteers to support those in need, to reduce inequality and build community resilience.
The Tasmanian Government acknowledges the need for volunteers throughout its 2017 ‘Plan for a Brighter Future’. We will achieve this through visitor engagement, arts and culture, tourism and hospitality, active ageing, and sport and recreation.
Volunteering is vital for the creation of active, vibrant communities that can deliver the services and activities that are needed by Tasmanians.
On behalf of Volunteering Tasmania, I commend this report to our volunteers, our volunteer-involving organisations and our governments to ensure a healthy volunteering sector into the future.
Dr Lisa Schimanski, CEO Volunteering Tasmania
Read the 2019 Volunteering Tasmania Report Summary here:
The full report is available to Volunteering Tasmania Members only.