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Lifeline Tasmania Emergency Services Award

Tasmania’s Emergency Services rely on an army of skilled volunteers to help respond to a fire, flood, ambulance emergency or other sudden crisis. These volunteers work all hours without payment, and dedicate large amounts of personal time to training. The Lifeline Tasmania Emergency Services Award aims to recognise the formal Emergency Services volunteers, but also the ‘informal’ volunteers – the ones who follow after the Emergency Services crews – those who are there through the long recovery phase, to help their neighbour, a friend, or even a stranger get back on their feet


Kate Gillham – Tasmania Fire Service Campania Fire Brigade

Kate holds several roles in Campania Fire Brigade. She is Second Officer, Training Coordinator, Junior Brigade Coordinator, and during fire season she is District Resource Coordinator, sourcing crews from other local brigades to attend significant fires. Her passion is evident in the number of roles she has volunteered for in the brigade.

Kate has a great passion for educating and informing the community on safety procedures and bushfire preparedness. She is highly respected for her knowledge and her willingness to help educate others. She is the driving force and coordinator of the ‘Bushfire Ready Community’ talks, displays and information sessions. Through Kate’s initiative, attendance at these sessions has grown significantly.

Kate’s key strength is her communication skills. She is committed to providing a great program for the Junior Brigade. Her input, commitment and great rapport with the children are the foundation of the program. Campania Fire Brigade feel fortunate to have such an inspirational leader as Kate.


The finalists are:

Damien Almond – St John Ambulance Australia (Tasmania) Inc.

Damien Almond is the Divisional Superintendent of St John Ambulance Tasmania, Launceston. He is the Event Commander for the Falls Festival and is instrumental in planning and executing first aid support for both Falls and Party in the Paddock. These are Tasmania’s flagship music festivals with a combined attendance of over 21,000 people.

Since 2018 Damien has worked to enhance and improve the support delivery of the Party Safe Crew. Damien and his team’s implementation of the St John No Judgement approach have reduced medical centre presentations related to alcohol, drugs, and violence at the festivals, and has been a major contributor to keeping young festival patrons safe.

Damien’s outstanding planning and management skills, and his respectful manner with festival patrons and colleagues are well-recognised within St John. His quiet manner of leadership has grown the number of first aid staff and volunteers from 85 in 2018 to over 165 in 2019.


Robert Jordan – Ambulance Tasmania King Island Volunteers

Robert has been a volunteer Ambulance Tasmania office on King Island for 29 years and the State Emergency Service for 28 years. He is also the Ambulance Tasmania Volunteer Coordinator on King Island, assisting other volunteers, managing rosters, facilitating training and providing the motivation to improve continually.

Robert is there to save lives, provide emergency care, support grieving families and to ensure people are transferred safely to the Air Ambulance Service. He responds to 4 to 5 cases every week for Ambulance Tasmania and on most occasions, he can attend a patient within 6-7 minutes from a 000 call, where he sometimes provides over an hour of patient care.

Robert has modelled exemplary behaviour within the emergency services volunteer environment. Every family on King Island has benefited directly from his care and been inspired by his example. Robert’s face is well-recognised and his service is highly valued in the King Island community.


Lifeline Tasmania Emergency Services Award 2019-05-31T18:34:11+00:00

Hydro Tasmania Excellence Award for Best Practice in Volunteer Management

For best practice in volunteer management, this Award highlights managers of volunteers (either paid or unpaid) who embrace the National Standards for Volunteer Involvement; through effective recruiting, training, support, encouragement and recognition of volunteers.


Di Mason – Melanoma Tasmania

Di Mason is the volunteer Founder, Chair and Volunteer Coordinator for Melanoma Tasmania. After losing her mother to melanoma, Di realised there was no support group and awareness program for Tasmania, so she created one. Since 2014, the group’s activities have steadily evolved. Di’s determination to have an effective, credible melanoma support group led to the creation of a board and constitution, including partnerships with key organisations.

Today, Melanoma Tasmania not only supports families through counselling, but also provides opportunities for these same families to volunteer to advocate for awareness, education and early intervention within the general community.

Di has enormous consideration for her volunteers and is meticulous in ensuring volunteers are carefully matched to roles that match their wishes, capabilities and comfort zone.

In addition to a counselling service, Di has coordinated a wide variety of volunteer-led fundraising activities and education events. Di’s leadership inspires engagement and positivity from her volunteers, who feel like they can do something constructive about melanoma


The finalists are:

Michael Barnes  – Meals on Wheels, Longford

Mike Barnes has been the Regional Coordinator and public face of Meals on Wheels in Longford for more than 20 years. He manages a team of 40 volunteers who are inspired by his strong allegiance to the Longford community. He personally recruits, trains and rosters drivers to ensure that clients always get the best service.

Mike cares deeply for the service he manages, always wanting to ensure that clients have consistently high-quality meals, and the volunteers who make it happen are respected. His unassuming and welcoming manner means volunteers feel valued. Mike leads by example and is always available for advice and help to his volunteers. He will always step in when volunteers are unable to be there.

His positivity serves as a fine example to the countless volunteers he has managed. Volunteers are inspired by his strong allegiance to his community and expectations of a high standard of behaviour.

Lisa Plohl – Huon Valley (Ranelagh) Animal Evacuation Centre – Huon Valley Council

Lisa Plohl developed the idea for an Animal Evacuation Centre in 2013. She has been volunteering as Coordinator ever since, with support from Huon Valley Council. Lisa’s role has involved developing plans for operation of the centre, increasing awareness and—in the event of bushfire—activating volunteers and managing the centre. Lisa has inspired others to join the cause by using community networks and personal relationships.

During the Huon Valley bushfires earlier this year, Lisa activated the centre which housed over 450 animals and about 12 families. She managed volunteers on the go, developing and refining inductions and procedures. In this highly stressful situation, Lisa was constantly training new volunteers, many of who were personally impacted by the fires, She ensured that each volunteer clearly knew their role and she was always available to provide support and answer questions.

Lisa instilled confidence in everyone around her and even managed to make it fun—a wonderful achievement in emotional circumstances.


Hydro Tasmania Excellence Award for Best Practice in Volunteer Management 2019-05-31T18:32:35+00:00

CatholicCare Tasmania Volunteer Program of the Year Award

Volunteer Program of the Year Award   was introduced in 2017 so that volunteering involving organisations can nominate their volunteering program or group. Volunteers can also nominate their own group, or community members can nominate an exceptional volunteering group which has influenced their lives in a positive way.  This Award aims to highlight the amazing things that volunteering groups can do and have achieved across Tasmania.


Melanoma Tasmania

Melanoma Tasmania is entirely run by volunteers who provide support and counselling for Tasmanians and their families affected by melanoma. It was started by Di Mason when she realised there were no dedicated support groups for this deadly but preventable disease.

By providing affected Tasmanians with an emotional support system that is based on shared experiences, Melanoma Tasmania is a beacon of hope by connecting those living with the disease to melanoma survivors.

Careful induction and training for volunteers ensures that volunteers are comfortable with their role, and understand the safety surrounding both fundraising and counselling. The group runs a wide variety of awareness and fundraising acivities, so there is always a role for every available volunteer.

Melanoma Tasmania is now the Tasmanian representative for the Australian Melanoma Consumer Alliance. It is also aligned with Melanoma Patients Australia, with whom they now share resources to better support those living with melanoma.


The finalists are:

Australian Wooden Boat Festival Volunteer Program

The Australian Wooden Boat Festival is the largest wooden boat festival in the Southern Hemisphere, attracting more than 200,000 visitors over four days. Run every two years, the festival has about 350 volunteers who take on numerous roles including  boat handlers, communications officers, safety staff, stagehands, forklift operators, information counter staff, photographers, guides, speakers and drivers.

In 2017 the festival created a $30 million boost to the Tasmanian economy, with 52% of the attendees from interstate and overseas. This is an amazing achievement from an event produced predominantly by the volunteers.

The festival encourages social engagement, new friendships, training in new skills and a profound respect for Tasmania’s long maritime heritage. The collective spirit of the AWBF volunteers is truly remarkable and it expands far beyond a shared enthusiasm for wooden boats and sailing. A collective, can-do attitude is woven into the fabric of the AWBF Volunteer Program, making it a resilient and self-sustaining program.

Cancer Council Tasmania

Cancer Council Tasmania’s transport2treatment program is a no-cost service for patients who have face hardship in accessing cancer treatment. It aims to reduce the financial and emotional burden of cancer by providing transport, with the driving undertaken entirely by volunteers.

The program engages 70 volunteers state-wide using vehicles based in five locations around the state. They manage their own daily schedule to ensure all clients attend their appointments and show great initiative and flexibility, as medical appointments don’t always run on time.

The transport2treatment volunteer team are a highly valued public face, and often the first level of face-to-face support of Cancer Council Tasmania. During the year, the team provides over 9,000 hours of volunteering for 4,600 client treatment appointments.

The transport2treatment team consistently deliver on Cancer Council Tasmania’s values of generosity, integrity, collaboration, courage and innovation. The volunteer group inspires others to join their efforts, and some clients have gone on to become volunteers themselves.

Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels delivers high-quality meals to hundreds of older people throughout the state, helping them remain living at home and to maintain some independence. Having someone deliver nutritious meals also provides social interaction and a friendly face to people who might otherwise be isolated

During the year, approximately 160,000 meals are delivered state-wide. We have 1,200+ volunteers delivering meals to about 900 clients across Tasmania. Many volunteers have been involved for decades, a testament to the organisation’s support, inclusion and sense of community.

Meals on Wheels volunteers are without fault willing to assist and happy to be flexible when shifts need filling. The volunteers tend to encourage others to volunteers, which contributes enormously to the sustainability of the program. Many volunteers are retired and value the opportunity to continue to make a valuable contribution to their community.

Meals on Wheels has a strong reputation and is a vital service for its clients in the Tasmanian community.



CatholicCare Tasmania Volunteer Program of the Year Award 2019-05-31T18:27:10+00:00

Bulk Nutrients Sport and Recreation Award

Sport and recreational activities are enjoyed by almost all Tasmanians – people of every age enjoy spending their leisure time doing activities at schools, clubhouses and indoor/outdoor recreational venues across the state. Many of these organised activities would not run without the generous support of volunteers who turn up consistently and help with a huge variety of tasks. The Bulk Nutrients Sport and Recreation Award aims to recognise those dedicated people who give up their spare time for the enjoyment of others.


Shelley Miller –  Athletics Tasmania

Shelley is a volunteer with Athletics Tasmania and is its first female president. She has championed recreational running for over ten years and was a founding member of Tasmanian Road Runners.

Shelley has held many volunteer positions in the sporting community. She has been race director for numerous high-profile events, including the Cadbury Marathon, City to Casino Fun Run & Walk, and state cross-country championships. In 2018 she volunteered at over a dozen community fun runs, providing the necessary assistance to provide safe, well-organised events.

Shelley leads by example in all aspects of her involvement in the running community and is well-known for her contributions. She champions women’s involvement in sport and sports management, mentors women to assume management roles, and has coached many runners to their first fun run.

Shelley is influential in improving the governance and management of sporting events and her contributions over the years have improved safety and participant experience in community fun runs.

The finalists are:

Jason Schmidt –  Hurricanes Inclusion Cup

Jason Schmidt volunteers with the Hurricane’s Inclusion Cup for junior cricketers living with disability. He is dedicated to ensuring that everyone, regardless of their ability, has an opportunity to play cricket. Jason is the force behind the Inclusion Cup, and currently runs an additional six inclusive cricket programs. He also runs or supports several other junior cricket programs in southern Tasmania.

Through Jason’s drive and determination, the Hurricane’s Inclusion Cup has grown exponentially from just six participants in 2016 to 150 participants lining up in 2018.

Jason works to establish partnerships with other organisations to spread the benefit of these inclusion programs. He encourages the players to take on leadership roles like coaching and umpiring, further developing their self-worth and confidence.

Jason exudes energy and positivity and many parents have expressed their joy at seeing their children feeling happy and included. The skills that participants are developing transfer to their daily life, further developing confidence and independence.

Christine Timms – Parkrun Australia

Christine Timms is the primary organiser for Parkrun Tasmania—a free, weekly running or walking event that is held in parks and open areas all around the state.

Christine has devoted thousands for hours to help volunteers and communities create these safe, inclusive spaces for those wanting to exercise, volunteer or simply engage with others. Through her work with Parkrun, Christine has created a non-competitive, inclusive environment for Tasmanians to participate together with a focus on encouragement and positivity.

Christine has secured numerous funding grants for Parkrun. Working with sponsors, local governments, and event teams to ensure resources, quality, and health and safety compliance of the events. Her enthusiasm and dedication have grown the weekly event from two locations in 2014 to 14 run events in 2018.

Christine is tireless in her support and encouragement of over 120 volunteers, providing advice, guidance and kind words to help develop skills that many believed were out of their reach.


Bulk Nutrients Sport and Recreation Award 2019-05-31T18:25:42+00:00

Aurora Energy Lifetime Achievement Award

The inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award has been introduced to the 2019 Tasmanian Volunteering Awards program in recognition of an individual’s exemplary long-term commitment to the volunteering sector. The Lifetime Achievement Award recognises an individual who has an established history of distinguished service, who has made a lasting impact, who has exhibited community spirit and provided inspiration to others, and who has positively influenced the community or communities they have volunteered in. It is presented in recognition of an individual’s outstanding contribution accumulated over a minimum of 25 years.

Edna Pennicott – winner

Edna Pennicott has volunteered in the Kingborough community for over 40 years. In 2013 she established Kingborough Helping Hands Inc. to provide charitable assistance to people in need. The main focus of Helping Hands is to provide food, vouchers and household essentials to people experiencing hardship.

Edna also runs the Kingston Loui’s Van, providing food and information to homeless people and others experiencing hardship. She collects gifts and household essentials to give to people at Christmas and provides support to Jireh House and the Annie Kenney Young Women’s Refuge. Edna organises various fundraising events to support Kingborough Helping Hands’ work, and motivates and organises an army of volunteers to get things done.

During many of her volunteering years, Edna raised her own two children as a single parent, fostered five children full-time and provided part-time and occasional care to many other foster children.

Edna has a much-deserved reputation as a community leader who makes a substantial contribution to community life in Kingborough.


The finalists are:

Beverley Allen

Beverley Allen has served the Longford Branch of Meals on Wheels since its inception in 1971. The longest-serving member of the Managing Committee, Bev has shaped the culture and ethos of the organisation, mentoring hundreds of community members over the years. Through her wise counsel and guidance, Bev has fostered a regional pool of people to whom volunteering has become second nature.

Bev is a driving force behind activities which have raised, protected and distributed funds to the Longford community. She is instrumental in ensuring the vulnerable and disadvantaged people in the community receive the best possible meals.

Bev brings wonderful stability to the group with her consistent and enthusiastic personality. During her nearly 50 years of service, she has flexibly adapted to changes in practices, funding, and administrative demands to ensure the service continues unabated.

Bev’s dedication, long memory, and unbroken service provision have inspired generations of committee members and volunteers, and contributed significantly to the stable social environment for which Longford is known.

Rhonda Foster

Rhonda Foster has volunteered in numerous roles in the Bagdad, Brighton and Bridgewater communities for over 43 years. From fundraising efforts to running monthly social clubs, Rhonda has contributed to building community resources and creating inclusive social environments.

Her achievements have been significant, including working diligently to improve the kitchen facilities at the Bagdad Community Centre to have them classed as a commercial kitchen. The Centre can now provide these facilities to the community for fundraising and other functions. Rhonda’s successful fundraising efforts with the Bridgewater High School Farm has helped the farm to modernise and continue to function as an educational tool.

Rhonda has earned a reputation as a respected community member who is always willing to give a hand to those in need. She contributes her time and skills without seeking reward or favour, and encourages others to participate in community events. Her focus on building sustainable community and educational resources will benefit the area for generations to come.

Kaye Fox

Kaye Fox has served the Tasman region since 1978 as an officer with Ambulance Tasmania, and is committed to providing emergency care in her community. She generously volunteers 40 hours a week to provide emergency medical assistance—most voluntary hours performed of all team members. As the group’s coordinator, Kaye actively recruits new members and contributes her skills to provide training and guidance to new members.

Kaye holds a pivotal role in frontline support and was part of the first-response medical intervention during the Port Arthur tragedy.

Kaye dedicates her own time and resources, without financial support, to local elderly residents when they require additional support and care. She improves the quality and enjoyment of life for our elders, helping them to maintain dignity and independence. Kate is involved in many local organisations and charities, even donating her time to teach water-safety and lifesaving skills to children. Kaye is an wonderful example of a committed community volunteer.

Christine Knight

As a volunteer of over 50 years, Christine Knight has made a vast contribution to her community in a wide variety of areas. She has been volunteering continuously since she was 17 years old and continues to do so. She was a Cub Scout leader for 24 years and a Girl Guide leader for 30 years.

Christine established school holiday programs in her local area and has run school holiday programs at the Tasmanian Maritime Museum. She is a volunteer tutor for adult literacy and a primary school reading program. Chris has also worked in programs for older people such as the Wesley Do Care program, visiting older people to diminish social isolation, and is a member of a friendship group at Freemason’s Home.

Much of Christine’s volunteering activity has been where she has seen a need. She has initiated many programs herself—from school holiday programs for kids to Calvary’s rehabilitation ward games afternoons. Christine seeks to help others in any way she can, at all times.


Douglas Renshaw

Douglas Renshaw has been actively involved with numerous organisations in the Bicheno community since moving there in the 1980s. Prior to this, he coached basketball and was a member of the Australian Army Reserve.

Doug is a standout person in Bicheno. He volunteers with many groups including the RSL, the Lions Club, volunteer ambulance service, fire brigade, golf club, Men’s Shed and local primary schools. He has facilitated and provided substantial practical input towards many community projects over some 33 years.

A testament to the high regard in which Doug is held is his election to office-bearing positions within many of the organisations and clubs in which he has been active. The club memberships benefit enormously from his encouragement, positivity and practical input. Doug’s affable nature and ability to his communicate ideas have encouraged membership and participation, drawing others into the wonderful world of volunteering.


Aurora Energy Lifetime Achievement Award 2019-05-31T18:22:19+00:00

Anglicare Tasmania Community Care and Health Award

This Award is dedicated to those volunteers who willingly donate their time, skills and compassion towards helping citizens in our community who need extra assistance with daily living, and to those volunteers that support fundraising efforts for their community-focused organisation.


  • Tania Watson – Share the Dignity 

Tania Watson is the Tasmanian Team Leader of Share the Dignity – a charity that supports women and girls in need by providing them with essential sanitary items. She leads a team of 70 volunteers who collect and distribute sanitary items and other necessities to 57 local charities, which in turn support women and girls in Tasmania who are experiencing homelessness, fleeing domestic violence, or experiencing financial hardship.

Tania believes no woman or girl should go without these basic necessities. She is a passionate advocate for Share the Dignity, communicates with clarity and respect, and her team and clients alike value her down-to-earth, supportive approach.

Since taking on the role in 2017, Tania has grown both the Tasmanian volunteer base and donations for Share the Dignity.

Tania volunteers her time while holding a full time as a teaching assistant in literacy support and studying for her associate degree in Education.

The finalists are:

  • Ken Harriss – Melanoma Tasmania

Ken has been volunteering for Melanoma Tasmania since before it officially launched in 2014. He lives with Stage IV melanoma and is passionate about sharing that melanoma can be prevented.

Ken developed the Run From The Sun Melanoma Awareness Ride, where he rode his motorcycle over 2,000 kilometres around Tasmania and spoke to thousands of schoolchildren about the dangers of sunburn and the risk of melanoma. He has presented to businesses, sporting and community groups, and also does media interviews to spread the word through the community.

Ken has been the developer and coordinator of the Rise and Shine Bike Show as a fundraiser for Melanoma Tasmania. The Bike Show is an event that raises awareness and promotes sun safety to the Tasmanian community.

Ken supports others who are facing the diagnosis of melanoma and subsequent treatment and uncertainties. As a result of Ken’s talks, people have gone to their doctor to review skin lesions, a potentially life-saving decision.


  • Lyn Shegog – Make A Wish Hobart Branch

Lyn Shegog has been granting wishes for over 30 years with Make-a-Wish Foundation, after wishes were granted for her own two children, who have since passed away. Lyn and Paul’s courage to continue granting wishes for other children is indescribable. Lyn has taken on many roles within the Hobart Branch including treasurer, presenter at information events and most recently, Volunteer Care Coordinator.

She passionately shares the Foundation’s Wish Stories with everyone in her community, inspires all who attend Make-A-Wish events, and enthusiastically enrols new volunteers. Lyn personifies positivity and resilience, often in the face of extremely difficult circumstances.


Anglicare Tasmania Community Care and Health Award 2019-05-31T18:25:00+00:00

Finalists announced for the 2019 Tasmanian Volunteering Awards

Finalists announced for the 2019 Tasmanian Volunteering Awards

Volunteering Tasmania, is delighted to announce this years’ finalists of the 2019 Tasmanian Volunteering Awards.

We would like to acknowledge the incredible calibre of nominations in every category and thank every nominator for their efforts. We received the highest number of nominations than ever before which is a testament to the incredible efforts of volunteers across the state.

The judging panel(s) had in incredibly difficult job this year and in some categories, there are more than three finalists.

For all those who narrowly missed out, every individual nominee and nominated program will be receiving a Certification of Recognition and Appreciation.

The winners will be announced at an official Awards ceremony at Government House on May 20, 2019


The finalists are: ( in alphabetical order )

Anglicare Tasmania Community Care and Health Award

Ken Harriss                          Melanoma Tasmania

Lyn Shegog                         Make A Wish Hobart Branch

Tania Watson                    Share the Dignity

Aurora Energy Lifetime Achievement Award

Beverley Allan                   Meals on Wheels Longford

Christine Knight                Calvary Health Care Tasmania

Douglas Renshaw            Bicheno Returned Services League (RSL) Sub-Branch

Rhonda Foster                   Bagdad Community Club

Kaye Fox                              Ambulance Tasmania

Edna Pennicott                 Kingborough Helping Hands Inc.


Bulk Nutrients Sport and Recreation Award

Shelley Miller                     Athletics Tasmania

Jason Schmidt                    Hurricanes Inclusion Cup

Christine Timms                Parkrun Australia


CatholicCare Tasmania Volunteer Program of the Year Award   

Australian Wooden Boat Festival (AWBF) Volunteer Program

Cancer Council Tasmania – transport2treatment Program

Meals on Wheels

Melanoma Tasmania


Hydro Tasmania Excellence Award for Best Practice in Volunteer Management

Michael Barnes                 Meals on Wheels Longford

Di Mason                             Melanoma Tasmania

Lisa Plohl                             Huon Valley (Ranelagh) Animal Evacuation Centre – Huon Valley Council


Lifeline Tasmania Emergency Services Award    

Damien Almond                St John Ambulance Australia (Tasmania) Inc.

Kate Gillham                       Tasmania Fire Service Campania Fire Brigade

Robert  Jordan                  Ambulance Tasmania King Island Volunteers


Spirit of Tasmania Arts, Heritage and Tourism Award

Shirley Baker                      Friends of Deal Island Wildcare Inc.

Brenda Boyle                     Calvary Health Care Tasmania

Mary Machen                    The Tamar Valley Writers Festival

Allen Rust                           Tasmanian Sail Training Association


TasTAFE Education, Science and Technology Award

Jannie Fahey                      Aurora Disability Service

Bethany Innes                   The Smith Family

David Kewley                     Beacon Foundation


Volunteering Tasmania Corporate and Civic Volunteering Award

Aurora Energy

Hydro Tasmania



Volunteering Tasmania Environment, Animal Care and Conservation Award

Anne & Peter Booth        Wildcare Inc.

Alison Curtis-Godillon    Wombat Rescue Tasmania

Toni Johnstone                 Tasmanian Lost Pet Register

Susan Weeding                 Old Beach Scout Group


For more information about our finalists please visit our Facebook page….

Finalists announced for the 2019 Tasmanian Volunteering Awards 2019-05-09T13:30:24+00:00

Conversations and collaborations, successful state-wide forum

The statewide forum “A Tasmanian Conversation”  was developed to bring together a range of government funded service providers in the community services sector to discuss key challenges in Tasmania’s ageing community. Representatives from over 50 organisations came together for the first time in Launceston to collaborate over common challenges, goals and outcomes.

This  successful event was hosted by the Southern Regional HACC Forum sub-committee and has engaged speakers from the many different programs, focusing on wellness & reablement, social inclusion and consumer based care.

The Tasmanian HACC Program provides funding for basic community care services that support persons who are under 65 years or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged less than 50 years of age living with disabling conditions and their carers. Services are targeted towards people who live in the community and whose capacity for independent living is at risk, or who are at risk of premature or inappropriate admission to long term residential care.

The Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) is one of the changes made by the Australian Government to the aged care system to help older people stay independent and in their homes and communities for longer. The CHSP provides entry-level home support for frail older people who need assistance to keep living independently.

The Australian Government is responsible for the provision of aged care services, including home and community care, for people aged 65 years and over and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 50 years and over. For Further information please go to the Australian Government’s My Aged Care website at www.myagedcare.gov.au or call 1800 200 422 to find our more information.

During this event, there were eight workshop sessions provided to attendees to experience, these were:

  1. Council on the Ageing: spoke about the Aged Care Royal Commission. What was happening with the Royal Commission and how people can be involved and have a voice.
  2. Family Based Care: Presented on understanding CHSP fees, hardship and communication strategies.
  3. Launceston VFC Services: presented on engaging with clients under 65 and what this looks like for the sector.
  4. Volunteering Tasmania: held round table discussions on engaging your consumer in volunteering activity and how that would work within each Organisation receiving HACC and/or CHSP funding.
  5. CHSP Nutrition Service: provided food samples and nutrition advice for programs funded within CHSP funding.
  6. TasCOSS: ran a wellness discussion gauging attendees understanding on wellness within the sector ready for future work in this space.
  7. National Disability Services presented about the services they provide and how they can support the sector.
  8. Migrant Resource Centre Tasmania: presented on embedding cultural appropriate care in services to meet Aged Care Quality Standards.

Included in the day were presentations from both funding agencies, The Department of Health Tasmania and the Australian Government Department of Health. In the afternoon, a panel discussion was held with six representatives from within the sector speaking on rising topics.

With over 80 people in attendance at this initial event, it was a successful day building networks, sharing strategies and ideas, collaborating over common challenges, goals and outcomes.

There are regular meetings within each North, South and North West region for all funded providers, by holding this Statewide Forum it offered a platform to bring each of the regions together in the one conversation.

Conversations and collaborations, successful state-wide forum 2019-04-28T18:20:02+00:00

Federal Election 2019 – Leading a Culture of Giving

Volunteering Australia has launched their federal election platform – Leading a Culture of Giving in Australia. This platform outlines the key priorities candidates need to consider as they are campaigning during the 2019 election period.

There are more than 5.8 million formal volunteers in Australia who donate an estimated 734 million hours of time to our community. This volunteering yields a 450% return for every dollar invested. Nationally this is an estimated annual economic and social contribution of $290 billion.

Volunteering Australia’s key policy proposals centre on three priority areas:

1. The need for all parties to value the role of volunteering peaks, volunteers, Volunteer Involving Organisations and Volunteering Support Services in supporting and strengthening communities;
2. For all parties to commit to investing in the future of volunteering in Australia and the subsequent benefits it provides to the community; and
3. For all parties to commit to amplifying the efforts already being achieved by the sector

Volunteers and those who manage them comprise an important part of our workforce and we need to foster an enabling environment that grows a culture of giving. This includes adequate support for the volunteering infrastructure and recognition that volunteering would not occur without the dedication and hard work from committed volunteers, managers of volunteers, Volunteer Involving Organisations and Volunteering Support Services.

It is imperative that there is sustainable and consistent investment into volunteering to support Australia’s voluntary workforce and lead a culture of giving in Australia.

There also needs to be a focused investment in grants and funding to amplify the efforts of the voluntary workforce. With no dedicated resource allocation for volunteers, volunteer management, training and other overheads, services are often forced to absorb costs or use other funding to support their voluntary workforce.

Volunteering Australia has also released campaign information packs for Volunteer Involving Organisations, Volunteering Support Services and volunteers, to engage with candidates in your local electorate.

Volunteering Tasmania will provide more information throughout the campaign.

You can read the federal election platform here: https://www.volunteeringaustralia.org/…/our-election-platf…/ #cultureofgiving

Federal Election 2019 – Leading a Culture of Giving 2019-05-02T14:34:08+00:00

Volunteer’s love of art inspires hands-on art studio at aged care facility

Christine first became involved in volunteering at Glenview during a promotional Seniors Week event four years ago and hasn’t looked back since.  During this time she has developed a strong connection with one of the residents, Angela, whom she discovered is a prominent artist and taught art in private schools in Sydney for many years.

“This has been a very strong link between us as I have always been passionate about art,” Christine said.

The two spend time together on regular outings into the community where they do sketching together and a lot of time, they simply enjoy talking about art.

Part of Christine’s volunteer role at Glenview has also involved setting up an area where residents have the opportunity to ‘have a go’ at drawing or painting or just to be an onlooker.

“This is challenging for me to see what the residents are able to produce, given that most of them have never drawn before and are convinced that they could never do it.  The terrific results prove the opposite. With persuasion, there have been many good examples of wonderful art and paintings that the residents have been able to create.

“This alone gives me such great satisfaction.”

Story supplied by Glenview Community Services, a valued Member and supporter of Volunteering Tasmania.   Glenview run volunteer befriending programs and endeavour to find common interests for the benefit of their volunteers and residents.  For more information about Glenview and the volunteer and community programs they run, please visit their website.  

Volunteer’s love of art inspires hands-on art studio at aged care facility 2019-02-25T11:13:25+00:00