Government website

For all the latest Tasmanian Government information about COVID-19 Coronavirus please visit https://www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au

You can access the following information from the site:

 

Fact sheets

Keeping yourself safe

Families and community

Posters

Find out more

Government website 2020-03-27T07:24:59+00:00

New Coronavirus government website

For all the latest Tasmanian Government information about COVID-19 Coronavirus please visit https://www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au

You can access

 

Fact sheets

Keeping yourself safe

Families and community

Posters

Find out more

New Coronavirus government website 2020-03-26T19:46:25+00:00

Awards postponed, but nominations extended until 18 May

As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, and each passing day brings new developments, our top priority remains the health and safety of our teams, volunteers and our community.

We would like to announce that the 2020 Tasmanian Volunteering Awards have been POSTPONED until later in the year.

A new date will be advised as soon as we can! We believe that it is more important than ever to highlight the amazing stories of contribution, connection and community that the Awards provide, so we have extended the nomination period.

Nominations now close 18 May 2020 – the beginning of National Volunteer Week!

Please keep nominating! Please keep sharing your stories with us. Please help us recognise those volunteers and volunteer programs that continue to make a difference!

If you have already submitted your nomination and would like to take advantage of the additional time due to this extension, please contact the team 

The Award Categories are:

·        Emergency Services 

·        Education Science and Technology

·        Environment, Animal Care and Conservation 

·        Community Care and Health 

·        Arts, Heritage, Tourism and Events 

·        Lifetime Achievement Volunteer

·        Best Practice in Volunteer Management

·        Corporate and Civic 

·        Volunteer Program of the Year

·        Sport, Recreation and Service Groups

 

Awards postponed, but nominations extended until 18 May 2020-03-26T11:44:02+00:00

Awards postponed

As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, and each passing day brings new developments, our top priority remains the health and safety of our teams, volunteers and our community.

We would like to announce that the 2020 Tasmanian Volunteering Awards have been POSTPONED until later in the year.

A new date will be advised as soon as we can! We believe that it is more important than ever to highlight the amazing stories of contribution, connection and community that the Awards provide, so we have extended the nomination period.

Nominations now close 18 May 2020 – the beginning of National Volunteer Week!

Please keep nominating! Please keep sharing your stories with us. Please help us recognise those volunteers and volunteer programs that continue to make a difference!

If you have already submitted your nomination and would like to take advantage of the additional time due to this extension, please contact the team 

The Award Categories are:

·        Emergency Services 

·        Education Science and Technology

·        Environment, Animal Care and Conservation 

·        Community Care and Health 

·        Arts, Heritage, Tourism and Events 

·        Lifetime Achievement Volunteer

·        Best Practice in Volunteer Management

·        Corporate and Civic 

·        Volunteer Program of the Year

·        Sport, Recreation and Service Groups

 

Awards postponed 2020-03-27T07:30:57+00:00

Volunteering Resources

Dear Members and friends,

We are all living, working and volunteering in challenging times, but also in times that may present with new and different opportunities for innovation and connection.

Volunteering Tasmania is here to support organisations and volunteers as we work together to navigate through the uncertainty.

Although things are moving quickly, please find attached some Resources for organisations and volunteers that we hope will assist and provide some guidance.

As always we are open to your feedback, concerns and sector issues. Please reach out if you need to.

Stay safe and stay well.

Kindest regards,

Lisa and the VT Team

 

Here are some Resources for Volunteer Involving Organisations

VolunteeringTasmania_COVID19_ RESOURCE 1 General Advice

VolunteeringTasmania_COVID19_ RESOURCE 2 Business Continuity

 

Here are some Resources for Volunteers

Volunteering Tasmania_COVID19_RESOURCE 3 Advice for Volunteers

Volunteering Tasmania_COVID19_RESOURCE 4 Stop the Spread

 

Volunteering Resources 2020-03-27T07:34:13+00:00

COVID-19 Resources

Dear Members and friends,

We are all living, working and volunteering in challenging times, but also in times that may present with new and different opportunities for innovation and connection.

Volunteering Tasmania is here to support organisations and volunteers as we work together to navigate through the uncertainty.

Although things are moving quickly, please find attached some Resources for organisations and volunteers that we hope will assist and provide some guidance.

As always we are open to your feedback, concerns and sector issues. Please reach out if you need to.

Stay safe and stay well.

Kindest regards,

Lisa and the VT Team

 

Here are some Resources for Volunteer Involving Organisations

VolunteeringTasmania_COVID19_ RESOURCE 1 General Advice

VolunteeringTasmania_COVID19_ RESOURCE 2 Business Continuity

 

Here are some Resources for Volunteers

Volunteering Tasmania_COVID19_RESOURCE 3 Advice for Volunteers

Volunteering Tasmania_COVID19_RESOURCE 4 Stop the Spread

 

COVID-19 Resources 2020-03-27T07:38:18+00:00

VT response to COVID-19

March 17, 2020

In light of the current and changing situation regarding COVID-19, we wish to advise you of the steps we have taken to minimise the impact that the virus has on the health and wellbeing of our team, including our volunteers.We are monitoring the information provided via the World Health Organisation, Australian Department of Health and the Tasmanian Department of Health – Public Health in regard to minimising the spread of the coronavirus and have strategies to implement as recommendations come to hand.

We are adjusting our practices in the following ways. Our team now has the option to;

  • Work from home where appropriate.
  • As a result, our office doors are closed until further notice, however we are still operating during normal business hours.
  • Our Referral Office have started conducting referral interviews over the phone and will not do interviews in person until further notice.
  • We have postponed all VT training events until further notice and will provide online delivery options where possible. We are also keeping our participants updated.
  • The community events we are involved with have been cancelled or postponed by organisers and we are working with our community partners to assist in other ways.
  • We have postponed indefinitely our Introduction to Volunteering Sessions and Network Meetings.
  • There is no work-related travel until further notice.
  • We are teleconferencing for external meetings to minimise attending large gatherings
  • We are encouraging safe space between workers (1.5m)  both at work and in social environments.
  • We have a key focus on hygiene, hand washing and respiratory etiquette to minimise the spread of germs.
  • Adherence to protocols for our workers who have travelled overseas or been in contact with someone who have travelled.
  • Our team are encouraged to stay away from work if unwell and sending people home if they present to work unwell.

If you have any questions, please reach out to us team@volunteeringtas.org.au

Here are some Resources  for Volunteer Involving Organisations

Volunteering Tasmania_COVID19_ RESOURCE 1 General Advice

Volunteering Tasmania_COVID19_ RESOURCE 2 Business Continuity

Here are some Resources  for Volunteers

Volunteering Tasmania_COVID19_RESOURCE 3 Advice for Volunteers

Volunteering Tasmania_COVID19_RESOURCE 4 Stop the Spread

 

Below are links to the official State Government’s Fact Sheets covering the essential public information for current COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.

click here for – Coronavirus Where Can I Get Information v2 Fact Sheet

click here for – Hand Washing Procedure – COVID-19 Fact Sheet

click here for – Important Information About Coronavirus Fact Sheet

click here for – Self Assessment Tool – COVID-19 Fact Sheet

click here for – Tasmanian Hotlines – COVID-19 Fact Sheet

VT response to COVID-19 2020-03-27T07:31:40+00:00

COVID-19 Coronavirus Information

Dear Members and friends,

 

In light of the current and changing situation regarding COVID-19, we wish to advise you of the steps we have taken to minimise the impact that the virus has on the health and wellbeing of our team, including our volunteers.
We are monitoring the information provided via the World Health Organisation, Australian Department of Health and the Tasmanian Department of Health – Public Health in regard to minimising the spread of the coronavirus and have strategies to implement as recommendations come to hand.

We are adjusting our practices in the following ways. Our team now has the option to;

  • Work from home where appropriate.
  • As a result, our office doors are closed until further notice, however we are still operating during normal business hours.
  • Our Referral Office have started conducting referral interviews over the phone and will not do interviews in person until further notice.
  • We have postponed all VT training events until further notice and will provide online delivery options where possible. We are also keeping our participants updated.
  • The community events we are involved with have been cancelled or postponed by organisers and we are working with our community partners to assist in other ways.
  • We have postponed indefinitely our Introduction to Volunteering Sessions and Network Meetings.
  • There is no work-related travel until further notice.
  • We are teleconferencing for external meetings to minimise attending large gatherings
  • We are encouraging safe space between workers (1.5m)  both at work and in social environments.
  • We have a key focus on hygiene, hand washing and respiratory etiquette to minimise the spread of germs.
  • Adherence to protocols for our workers who have travelled overseas or been in contact with someone who have travelled.
  • Our team are encouraged to stay away from work if unwell and sending people home if they present to work unwell.

If you have any questions, please reach out to us team@volunteeringtas.org.au

Here are some Resources  for Volunteer Involving Organisations

Volunteering Tasmania_COVID19_ RESOURCE 1 General Advice

Volunteering Tasmania_COVID19_ RESOURCE 2 Business Continuity

Here are some Resources  for Volunteers

Volunteering Tasmania_COVID19_RESOURCE 3 Advice for Volunteers

Volunteering Tasmania_COVID19_RESOURCE 4 Stop the Spread

 

Below are links to the official State Government’s Fact Sheets covering the essential public information for current COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.

click here for – Coronavirus Where Can I Get Information v2 Fact Sheet

click here for – Hand Washing Procedure – COVID-19 Fact Sheet

click here for – Important Information About Coronavirus Fact Sheet

click here for – Self Assessment Tool – COVID-19 Fact Sheet

click here for – Tasmanian Hotlines – COVID-19 Fact Sheet

COVID-19 Coronavirus Information 2020-03-18T13:34:30+00:00

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.

Categories are the

“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

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