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2020 Tasmanian Volunteering Awards – Media Release

2020 Tasmanian Volunteering Awards officially launched 

Volunteering Tasmania is pleased to announce the launch of the fifth annual Tasmanian Volunteering Awards, recognising volunteers across the state who make a difference within their community.

Chief Executive Officer of Volunteering Tasmania, Lisa Schimanski encourages people to nominate a volunteer in their community.

“Volunteering has long been a driver of individual and community wellbeing, with it contributing more than $4 billion to our state every year,” she said.

“Not only does it contribute significant economic value but volunteering also gives us so much more in social and cultural benefits.

“The Tasmanian Volunteering Awards celebrate those amazing people contributing across Tasmania and in every aspect of life– every contribution is significant.

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“Volunteers are often hiding in plain sight, they are literally everywhere,” she said.

“We are asking that people take a look around and really see the amazing work being done across so many areas of our community.

“Not every volunteer wants to be recognised, but it is important that we celebrate what volunteering means to our state and one way to do this is to tell the stories of our  volunteers and thank them through these Awards.”

Share the Dignity Tasmanian team leader Tania Watson was last year’s winner of the Anglicare Community Care and Health Award, as well the Premier’s Volunteer of the Year, and said she volunteered to help women in need.

“At Share the Dignity we believe that no woman should suffer the dignity of choosing between eating or buying sanitary products, so our charity has valuable benefits for women in crisis,” she said.

“From volunteering I feel that I am able to make a difference.”

“I am able to challenge myself, learn new skills, meet people, and gain confidence, creativity, passion and experience.

“The awards are important to be able to recognise people for their dedication and loyalty that they provide to our community.

“If it wasn’t for volunteers there would be a lot of people in our communities not being provided with the care that they may require.”

Nominations are open until 30 March, with category finalists announced on 1 May.


To nominate, visit https://www.volunteeringtas.org.au/ 


Thank you to our wonderful community, promotion and category partners. Please support the organisations that support our community.

2020 Tasmanian Volunteering Awards – Media Release 2020-02-06T11:51:16+00:00

Support to HACC and CHSP funded providers

Volunteer Management 

Volunteering Tasmania provides best practice volunteer management support and advice to all Home and Community Care (HACC) and Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) funded organisations.

We are excited to share opportunities to collaborate, create and embed best practice volunteer management strategies within existing volunteer programs within the sector, this enables a better volunteer experience for your current and future volunteers.

The following dates have been scheduled available to all HACC and CHSP funded organisations:

Home and Community Care Community of Practice meetings

A network for Home and Community Care (HACC) and Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) funded organisations to participate in and contribute input towards the resources and support required to maintain their volunteer programs.

  • Discuss resource ideas to support the effective and efficient management of volunteers
  • Discuss volunteer management education and training initiatives
  • Discuss organisational support strategies for Volunteering Tasmania to provide option to participate in research and advocacy initiatives

These meetings are held bi-monthly via web conference for anyone who wishes to be part of this network.

Dates of upcoming CoP meetings are:

  • Tuesday 10th March | 1pm – 2pm
    One of our topics for the March CoP will be looking at Volunteering Tasmania hosting a dedicated introduction to volunteering session specific to HACC and CHSP.
  • Thursday 14th May | 1pm – 2pm
  • Tuesday 14th July | 1pm – 2pm
  • Thursday 10th September | 1pm – 2pm
  • Tuesday 10th November | 1pm – 2pm

Please RSVP to Katec@volunteeringtas.org.au if you would like to participate in these.


Volunteer Management Check Up Conversations

Volunteering Tasmania has two dedicated team members to visit your organisation to have a chat about your current volunteer programs, any queries or challenges you may have and provide information, advice and resource support to you based on these conversations.

Appointment times available from 30 minutes to one hour and we come to you!

Maree in the North West and Kate servicing Southern and Northern HACC and CHSP funded providers – this is a free service to your organisation.

Available dates for these appointments for bookings are:

    • Thursday 20th February | 10am – 2pm
    • Wednesday 11th March | 9am – 12 noon
    • Tuesday 18th February | 9am – 12 noon
    • Tuesday 24th March | 9am – 12 noon
    • Tuesday 21st April | 9am – 12 noon
    • Tuesday 19th May | 9am – 12 noon
    • Tuesday 23rd June | 9am – 12 noon


Volunteering Tasmania
HACC and CHSP contacts:

Kate Crawford, North and South
Katec@volunteeringtas.org.au or phone 03 6231 5550

Maree Gleeson, North West
MareeG@volunteeringtas.org.au or phone 0417 467 716




Support to HACC and CHSP funded providers 2020-01-30T14:34:17+00:00

2020 Network Meetings – save the dates

Dear Members and friends,

We are delighted to provide opportunities for our Members, other organisations, and communities to connect and discuss some of the key issues in volunteer management.

Please join us and other volunteering professionals at our Volunteer Management Network Meetings in 2020 as we explore relevant topics in our sector, connect with one another and develop the strong networks needed to succeed in volunteer management.

We have the full schedule of dates and times available across the state so you can save the dates now. Bookings will be via Humanatix and are essential.

You can see all the 2020 dates in all the locations here

In February 2020 we will be exploring the National Standards of Volunteer Involvement and in particular we will be doing a deep dive into Standard #5 ‘Support & Development’

  • What processes should be in place to provide support for volunteers within our organisations?
  • How can we facilitate and nurture the ongoing development of our volunteers?
  • What measures can we take to support our volunteers when changes occur?

Book your place at the February meetings by clicking on the location below:


Volunteering Tasmania has moved to the event booking platform Humanatix.
All of the booking fees associated with registering for a VT event now goes to closing the education gap around the world. Every ticket counts.
So how much of the booking fee goes to charity? ALL OF IT!

You can learn more about the impact of Humanatix here

2020 Network Meetings – save the dates 2020-01-13T17:40:51+00:00

Bushfires – how to help those in need

We acknowledge and thank all the volunteers who are working to protect our country, including the firefighters on the frontline and those volunteers working behind the scenes.

We remind everyone there has been no formal call for additional volunteers to help at this time.

The best way to offer practical help is to register your details on the Emergency Volunteering website.  Volunteering Tasmania is one of the partners of the Government and we have responsibility for coordinating spontaneous volunteers should the need arise.

If your organisation needs ad hoc volunteers to assist after the bushfire emergency, please contact us to find out how we can put you in touch with those available to help.

For those wanting to assist  people and families here or on the mainland, we remind you that agencies have stated that non-monetary items are difficult at this time. Sorting through and distributing donated goods is time consuming and takes resources away from the outreach services needed by the community affected by the fires. An organisation called GIVIT is coordinating all donations of goods, ensuring your generosity reaches the right people at the right time. By listing your items online with GIVIT, charities and registered service organisations supporting the people affected by the fires will be able to see what you have available and contact you when they know where it needs to go. Learn more here.

Monetary Donations can be made here:

Australian Red Cross
You can also donate to the Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery by calling 1800 811 700 or making a donation online

The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army launched The Bushfire Disaster Appeal to allow Australians to support the communities affected.

If you are interested in knowing more about post emergency volunteering you can always register your interest online any time of the year.  You will then be contacted if and when councils and or agencies need additional support in your area. Learn more here:


Bushfires – how to help those in need 2020-01-06T12:32:11+00:00

Masterclass – The Crowdfunding Formula

Masterclass – The Crowdfunding Formula 2019-11-19T11:54:00+00:00

Seeking Support: Volunteer leadership in Tasmania – a research study

You are invited to attend a focus group on  Volunteer Leadership in Tasmania…

The focus groups will be collecting the insights, experiences, and ideas of people who lead and manage volunteers in (unpaid workers) Tasmania.

These focus groups will explore questions such as:

• What is unique about leading and managing volunteers?
• What are the challenges? What are the opportunities?
• What does successful volunteer leadership/management look like?
• How could leaders/managers of volunteers be better supported or developed?

A primary aim of the Volunteer Leadership in Tasmania study is to inform future efforts to support and develop current and future leaders and managers of volunteers.

If you or others within your organisation currently lead or manages volunteers, we would love to hear from you.

If you are unable to attend a focus group (see dates and times below), or would rather share your thoughts via a one-on-one conversation, we can arrange a phone interview at a time that suits you.

In the link below there is an  Information Sheet with more details of the study and a Consent Form which you can complete and return if you would like to participate.

Focus groups will be conducted as follows:

 Burnie: 22 November 2019, 2-4pm
 Hobart: 6 December 2019, 2-4pm

If you have any questions about the Volunteer Leadership in Tasmania study, contact

Dr Toby Newstead
Lecturer in Management
Tasmanian School of Business and Economics
University of Tasmania
A248, Newnham
Locked Bag 1317
Launceston, TAS, 7250
613 6324 3127 (extension 3127

Please feel free to pass this invitation along to others who may be interested in speaking to us about leading and managing volunteers in Tasmania.
I look forward to hearing from you.

Volunteer Leadership in Tas – Info and Consent



Seeking Support: Volunteer leadership in Tasmania – a research study 2019-11-13T12:12:39+00:00

Central Coast – become a volunteer or mentor information sessions

Come along to find out about the benefits of volunteering and how you can be involved in Doors to Mentors which is a mentoring program developed to support young people in the Central Coast as part of our communities’ 100 Day Challenge.

Choose from one of the following information sessions:

Wednesday 13th November 2019, 6.00-7.30pm
Thursday 14th November 2019, 10.00-11.30am

Venue: Gnomon Room (Wharf Precinct, Ulverstone)

For more information and to RSVP, please contact:
Melissa Budgeon – 6429 8900 or
RSVP Closes COB 11 November 2019

Light refreshments will be provided.

Central Coast – become a volunteer or mentor information sessions 2019-11-06T17:09:09+00:00

Help address the risks of dementia in Tasmanian

The Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre is a global research leader on the risk factors for dementia and has recently launched the ISLAND Project – the largest dementia prevention project in the world.

Through the ISLAND Project, we want to equip members of our Tasmanian community with the knowledge and information to self-manage personal risk factors that are known to increase risk of dementia if they are not managed, especially from middle age onwards. Many of these risk factors are prevalent in our population and we want to help our community members to reduce their risk of dementia and improve their overall health and wellbeing.

We need the help of our community to make the ISLAND Project a success. We hope you will help us to spread the word about this important project that aims to improve the health of our population and make a dent in dementia in Tasmania.

We are seeking your support to help us sign up over 10,000 Tasmanians who are over 50 years of age for this project. Any Tasmanian over 50 years of age can register their interest at https://islandproject.utas.edu.au/, this link also provides further information about the ISLAND Project and its aims.

We hope that you share this information and the registration link with your personal networks. We also hope you will register an interest yourself, if you are within the age group outlined above.

We hope to reach all Tasmanians over 50 years of age and especially those who are concerned about dementia and the impact it has on individuals, families and communities. Thank you for your help to engage our community to register their interest in this important project. With the help of our community, we believe we can have a positive impact on dementia in Tasmania and help Tasmania lead the world in preventing this life changing condition.

Please contact island@dementia.utas.edu.au or 6226 6977 if you have any queries.

 Volunteering Info Session Flyer



Help address the risks of dementia in Tasmanian 2019-11-06T17:08:53+00:00

International Volunteer Managers Day

Let’s recognise and celebrate the contribution of volunteer managers!

We often recognise the contribution of volunteers in our communities  both locally and globally. Volunteers are involved in just about every aspect of service delivery in all walks of life.

However, volunteering does not succeed in a vacuum.

Behind these volunteers lies an equally dedicated group of individuals and agencies who are responsible for the coordination, support, training, administration and recruitment of the world’s volunteers – skilled professionals who are adept at taking singular passion and turning it into effective action.

That is why we celebrate International Volunteer Managers Day (IVMDay) every year on 5 November.

It is important to let those professionals know that the spirit of volunteerism is enhanced and enabled by them – and to thank them.

We urge you to mark your calendar and, whether you are an administrator, a volunteer, a community leader or someone who receives the benefit of volunteer help, to make sure the people who act as leaders and catalysts get the recognition they deserve!


IVMDay Theme

This year’s theme is ‘Change the Tune.

This theme reflects the need to think differently about how volunteer leadership is positioned and change the dialogue.

The Power of You Workshop – November 5th 2019 is International Volunteer Managers’ Day,

 As a manager of volunteers we know how tirelessly you work to support and enable others through volunteeringTaking time out for personal and professional development maximises what you can offer to the world. This day is for you.

Volunteering Tasmania is hosting ‘The Power of You’ a professional  development workshop that will help you learn how to use your personal power to make change.

By attending this event you will;

  • Gain insights into your own personality
  • Learn what makes others tick
  • Understand how to better influence and motivate others
  • Come away with practical tools you can implement straight away.

Melinda Maddock is the “chief changemaker” at Tasmania’s Madfinch Consulting specialising in power and relationships. Her workshops focus on helping people understand their own potential, skills and personality attributes and how to maximise them.

This event is specifically for those undertaking a volunteer manager role (paid or unpaid) and will be a great opportunity for networking, connecting with others in your field and celebrating International Volunteer Managers’ Day.  Morning tea and lunch provided.

Volunteering Tasmania is subsidising this event for Members. We want to ensure this inspiring (and fun) event is accessible to as many volunteer managers as possible

We look forward to spending the day with you. For more information please contact Sarah Martin by email sarahm@volunteeringtas.org.au or call 1800 677 895

Click  pic to book your place…

International Volunteer Managers Day 2019-11-05T07:05:53+00:00

State-wide Symposium

THE STATE OF VOLUNTEERING Symposium brought together leading national and local experts with over 27 speakers across the day sharing their knowledge and expertise.
We were so lucky to benefit from the enormous talent across the day.

The Hon Roger Jaensch MP officially opened the event to over 120 people representing volunteer involving organisations, government and sector professionals there to hear from inspiring keynote and plenary speakers, their peers and panels. Minister Jaensch acknowledged the the enormity of the volunteering sector and thanked delegates for coming together to explore  the sector further.

The Symposium was  public launch of the 2019 State of Volunteering Report which provided key state-wide insights into the volunteering sector. The research conducted by Volunteering Tasmania every five years, highlights the economic, social and cultural value of volunteering to Tasmania and was the theme of the 2019 Symposium.

Keynote speaker Dr Megan Paull a senior lecturer in the Business School at Murdoch University in Western Australia and an active researcher in the volunteering sector in Australia for over 25 years delivered her thoughts on how we can meet the challenges of the future state of volunteering.

Plenary speakers included lawyer Amy Williams from Justice Connect in NSW who is a nationally recognised speaker on volunteering and regularly provides legal advice in volunteering and assistance to community organisations across Australia. Volunteering Australia’s CEO Adrienne Picone from the ACT and Kaitlyn Fassina, Silver Medallist Commonwealth Games, Weightlifting are among just a few of the other speakers who shared their insights on the day.

Delegates were also able to select from 3 different workshops and 3 sets of lightening presentations.

National and local exhibitors such as UTAS, Communiteer, Seek, Better Impact, Be Collective, AON, VIRA, Justice Connect, FIA and The Island Project provided great opportunities for delegates to connect with their products an services.


With the generous support of  UTAS, we were able to provide 6 Scholarships to support delegates from regional areas including Queenstown, Port Sorell, Railton, Launceston and Burnie.
Three delegates received full scholarships including accommodation.

State-wide Symposium 2020-03-28T12:16:21+00:00