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
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
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….
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
Volunteering Tasmania is running a statewide Forum to provide professional development for staff and volunteers in the community services sector.
Attendees will participate in a variety of workshops and discussion panels to identify collaborations, connections and explore innovations and Apps in service delivery.
Funded by the Tasmanian Government under the Tasmanian HACC Program, the forum is aimed at Home and Community Care (HACC) and Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) funded organisations, and all those working or volunteering in the Community Services Sector.
The heavily subsidised price of $22.50 per person includes lunch, refreshments and attendance at FOUR of the NINE workshops on offer.
In addition to the workshops, the Tasmanian Department of Health will provide an update on the future direction of the Tasmanian HACC Program; a representative from the Australian Government’s Department of Health will be a keynote speaker, and the day will finish with a panel discussion with selected speakers on Community Services Sector topics.
Attendees will be asked to choose four workshops from the below:
1. Council on the Ageing: Aged Care Royal Commission
What’s happening and how can people participate?
Presenter: Deb Lewis
2. Family Based Care: CHSP Fees (understanding fees, hardship and communication)
Presenter: Douglass Doherty
3. Launceston VFC Services: Engaging with clients under 65
4. Volunteering Tasmania: Engaging your consumer in volunteering activity
Presenter: Dr. Lisa Schimanski
5. CHSP Nutrition Service: Nutrition advice for your programs
Presenter: Antonella Jarvis
6. TasCOSS: Wellness
Presenter: Ally Smith
7. National Disability Services
Presenter: Will Kestin
8. Public Health Services: Aboriginal Cultural Respect in Tasmania’s mainstream health services
Presenters: Belinda Fenney-Walch and Liz Mahnken
9. Migrant Resource Centre Tasmania: Embedding cultural appropriate care in services to meet Aged Care Quality Standards
Presenters: Hannah Poon & Fiona Rees
The forum will run on Friday, 29th March, from 10am to 3pm, at the Australian Italian Club in Launceston.
More information and registration is through Eventbrite or via our Facebook event page. Please note places are limited and tickets are non-refundable, however if you cannot attend for whatever reason you can nominate another delegate in your place on the day. A copy of the flyer can be downloaded here.
Upon registration you will be contacted by Kate Crawford, Coordinator of Volunteer Projects, Volunteering Tasmania, to select your nominated workshops and to record any dietary requirements.
This service is supported by funding from the Tasmanian Government under the Tasmanian HACC Program.
THERE is a remarkable human story playing out at the bushfire evacuation centre at the Huonville Police and Citizens Youth Club (PCYC).
It’s a quiet story that ripples beneath the larger story of the bravery of the firefighters, the tireless efforts of the support workers, and the stoicism of the evacuees.
It’s a story about what connects us as human beings, our natural inclination to look out for each other. Crisis makes it visible but it is always there, this compassion we have for the people we share this place with. And that is what’s at the heart of volunteering.
Walk into the PCYC and it looks like barely controlled chaos; there are people everywhere; there is a play centre and entertainment for kids, people gathering around the noticeboard to get the latest updates, services supporting those who have been displaced, and a very few quiet spots where those who have had a sleepless night can try to get some rest.
Many families have set up camp both inside the centre and in the grounds. At any one time there are 50 cats and 50 dogs being cared for as their owners need to keep their beloved pets close by. At another site at the Ranelagh showgrounds those who have had to evacuate livestock are staying to care for them.
Stay a while in the centre and you begin to notice the small acts of kindness. The local grandmother who takes a cup of tea to the woman sitting on her own. The “old hand” evacuees who’ve been there for five days greeting the new arrivals and showing them around.
You’ll notice local people and businesses dropping in with food, drinks and ice creams as well as the essentials such as new underwear and earplugs. People appear to take the dogs out for a walk. Vets arrive and doctors and pharmacists are in attendance, kids (and adults) are entertained as people offer face painting, outdoor movies, games and activities.
Through the swirl of this activity there is another team at work; the evac centre volunteers. They are tidying, preparing food in the kitchen, restocking supplies, passing on information about fires and road closures, directing visitors and new arrivals, taking calls, handing out bedding and food and toiletries, and connecting people who need help with specialist support staff.
Over the past week this spontaneous village has found a kind of rhythm. You can feel the emotions ebb and flow with every report on the fires. Worry hangs heavily in the room. What the Huon Valley Council has created in this centre is not just a physically safe space but an emotionally safe space, for people who are at their most vulnerable.
There are about 600 people on site and there are 140 volunteers on a rotating roster. They have been vetted, inducted and they have specific jobs. They come mostly from Hobart and surrounds, and particularly from the Huon Valley.
The local football club alone has provided volunteers for nearly every shift. They are highly skilled volunteers and volunteer co-ordinators who have had to learn on the job and together have given many hundreds of hours.
It is a theme of natural disasters that people pay attention when the crisis is happening but tend to forget when the crisis has passed. Recovering from these fires will take a long time. Communities will need to deal with the damage and loss of property, the impact on jobs and families, the destruction to wildlife, and the beautiful, wild places we love that are no longer there.
Recovery needs volunteers too. The fact that hundreds of people are turning up to help and many more have called wanting to know what they can do to help shows just how strong our communities are.
The volunteers at the Huonville PCYC are doing what many thousands more Tasmanians do every day in different ways; they are giving something of themselves, they are volunteering so that others may benefit. It may be simple; just sitting alongside someone, quietly listening to them. That is something we can all do.
Volunteering is a powerful act. It connects us to each other and makes our communities stronger.
Dr Lisa Schimanski is chief executive of Volunteering Tasmania, which has worked with Huon Valley Council to co-ordinate the volunteers at the evacuation centre.
There will be a need for volunteers in the weeks ahead. People can register their interest at https://register.emergencyvolunteering.com.au/ or through the Volunteering Tasmania website.
Talking Point: Remarkable story unfolds at fire evacuation centre
We all want to do something to help those affected by the extreme weather around the state; but right now, Tasmania’s emergency services are responding.
Please stay away from the affected areas and help keep the roads clear for emergency vehicles. No additional assistance is required from volunteers at this time but your help may be needed once the local communities’ situation has been assessed.
When it’s safe, volunteers may be required to support approved organisations involved in the recovery.
Register your interest with Emergency Volunteering CREW (Community Response to Extreme Weather) and you may be matched to an organisation involved in the disaster recovery.
You will be contacted if and when your availability, location and skills are needed. But be patient, it might take weeks or months as the needs of the local community are gauged and recovery programs begin.
Register for EV CREW today at register.emergencyvolunteering.com.au. It’s an effective and safe way to help your community.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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