Masterclass – The Crowdfunding Formula

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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

 

 

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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

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The State of Volunteering Report 2019

The value of volunteering is undeniable.

Volunteering connects us to ourselves, it connects us to others, and it connects us to our communities. In every location and every realm of life’s activities there are volunteers. However, volunteering is multi-faceted and complex. And as with every other aspect of modern life, it is subject to rapid changes in technology, regulation, and individual as well as societal expectation.

As the peak body for volunteering in Tasmania, Volunteering Tasmania attempts to capture and quantify the changing nature of volunteering through the Tasmanian State of Volunteering Report. We aim to better support the volunteers, volunteer-involving organisations and the Tasmanian Government as we work together to ensure a vibrant and active volunteer sector into the future.

The 2019 State of Volunteering Report builds on the foundation of the 2014 report. The approach has been refined, but many aspects of the two reports are comparable, allowing us to see clear trends in the Tasmanian volunteering sector.

This report observes the changing characteristics of Tasmanian volunteers through a population based survey. It recognises the changing needs and challenges of volunteer-involving organisations through a census. The costs, benefits and overall social, cultural and economic value of volunteering to our state are quantified through a return-on-investment analysis.
The expectations on the act of volunteering and volunteers themselves are higher than ever before. Volunteering enhances social connectedness, skills, training, confidence and job preparedness. It reduces the epidemic of loneliness and builds social, human and cultural capital. Our communities are increasingly reliant on volunteers to support those in need, to reduce inequality and build community resilience.

The Tasmanian Government acknowledges the need for volunteers throughout its 2017 ‘Plan for a Brighter Future’. We will achieve this through visitor engagement, arts and culture, tourism and hospitality, active ageing, and sport and recreation.

Volunteering is vital for the creation of active, vibrant communities that can deliver the services and activities that are needed by Tasmanians.
On behalf of Volunteering Tasmania, I commend this report to our volunteers, our volunteer-involving organisations and our governments to ensure a healthy volunteering sector into the future.

Dr Lisa Schimanski, CEO Volunteering Tasmania

Read the 2019 Volunteering Tasmania Report Summary here:

The full report is available to Volunteering Tasmania Members only.

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Free Communiteer Workshop – 25th September 2019. Book now!

Volunteering Tasmania invites you to a complimentary half day work shop about Communiteer:  the social good network facilitated by founder and CEO Victor Lee.

The workshop is designed for:

·         Volunteer organisations that need skilled volunteers for specific projects that can be done remotely

·         Corporates that have a workforce that can provide skilled volunteers to volunteer organisations in an online environment.

 Details of workshop:

Date: 25th September 2019

Time: 9.00 a.m. – 12.00 p.m.

Venue: Volunteering Tasmania, 75 Federal Street, North Hobart

No cost and seating is limited to 10.

RSVP:  juliaf@volunteeringtas.org.au or 62315550

Access all day parking in Yardley, Wignall and Ryde Streets.  Please observe signs carefully as one side of the road is 2 hour parking and the other side is all day parking.

About Communiteer:

The team at Communiteer are passionate about building an online community where individuals, for-purpose organisations, and corporations connect and collaborate to amplify their collective impact through crowdsourcing and the use of technology to facilitate social impact at scale.

This workshop will provide a broad understanding of this social movement concept, how it works through the use of technology and crowd sourcing and how it  can be applied to grow a volunteer workforce whilst keeping volunteers engaged at the same time in order for organisations and groups to achieve their desirable social outcomes,

By leveraging crowd sourcing technology, Victor Lee will discuss how Communiteer have collaborated to increase capabilities, capacities and communication to volunteers across the sector.  Victor will demonstrate how your organisation can be part of the social network, gain access to a greater volunteer pool and the tools to develop deeper engagement with your community and supporters. https://communiteer.org/

 About the presenter:

Victor is a social-entrepreneur who believes in cross-sector collaboration and the strength in diversity.

Victor has been involved in the volunteering sector for over 30 years as both a volunteer and a specialist in partnerships in corporate and community environments. He’s held executive and board positions in various community organisations tackling the areas of mental health, youth unemployment, disability, social housing and access to social justice.

Victor co-founded Communiteer in 2016 to make it easier for people to ‘do more good’. Through the use of technology, Communiteer have created a scalable solution to increase social participation in Australia.

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Volunteering Tasmania Symposium Scholarships

Volunteering Tasmania will be hosting The State of Volunteering in Tasmania Symposium on Tuesday 24 September in Hobart. Volunteering Tasmania with the kind support of The University of Tasmania, are offering scholarships to support the attendance and participation of delegates from the North, North-East, North-West and West Coast regions. Scholarships are only available to Volunteering Tasmania Members and priority will be given to smaller organisations.

Scholarship Guidelines

The scholarships are designed to enable attendance for coordinators and emerging coordinators of volunteers (both in a paid or unpaid capacity) who would otherwise not be able to attend.

The scholarships include:

  • EIGHT (8) SYMPOSIUM SCHOLARSHIPS. Entry to all official conference sessions, daily catering and any published learning materials.
  • TWO (2) SYMPOSIUM AND ACCOMMODATION SCHOLARSHIPS. Entry to all official symposium sessions, daily catering and any published learning materials and one (1) night’s accommodation at the preferred conference accommodation provider.

How to apply:

Volunteering Tasmania invites applicants to complete and submit the  Application Form, along with a document addressing the Selection Criteria.

All applicants will be assessed based on the applicant demonstrating the need to attend and how the applicant will share the symposium learnings with their organisation and/or community.

Applications must be endorsed by the CEO/Manager/Chairperson of the organisation the applicant is representing.

Applications can be submitted to juliaf@volunteeringtas.org.au by Wednesday 11 September 2019.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss please call Julia Fassina on 6231 5550.

n.b. Scholarship recipients will be responsible for their own ground transport costs and any other associated travel costs to and from the venue. For Scholarships including accommodation, any changes to accommodation made by the recipient that incur an extra cost will be at the recipient’s expense. Breakfast is included in the accommodation package, however dinner is at the expense of the applicant.

DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION FORM HERE

 

With thanks to Event Partner:

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The State of Volunteering Symposium Program Release

THE STATE OF VOLUNTEERING Symposium is a thought-provoking learning event, offering the perfect one-day intensive that will provide a combination of professional development and deliver a deeper understanding of what is happening in the volunteering sector.

The Symposium will be the official launch of the 2019 State of Volunteering Report providing key state-wide insights into volunteering.

Inspiring keynotes, presentations, panels, workshops and sharing of ideas are just the start.

SYMPOSIUM 2019 – PROGRAM

Explore and unpack key issues with like-minded people and together we can shape the future of volunteering both in our organisations and in our state.
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National week shines spotlight on Australia’s student volunteers

Media Release

12 August 2019

Today marks the beginning of National Student Volunteer Week 2019, which runs from 12 – 18 August.

This year with the theme ‘challenge yourself, be the change, celebrate each other’ the week will promote, support and recognise student volunteering across Australia.
National Student Volunteer Week (NSVW) celebrates students who volunteer, and challenges more young people to experience the personal and professional benefits of getting involved in their communities through volunteering.

National Student Volunteer Week is an annual celebration to acknowledge the substantial contribution of time, energy and skill made by student volunteers.

Events will be hosted by universities and schools nation-wide including volunteer expos, workshops, and panels, networking sessions, fundraising drives, thank you events and volunteer projects that help local non-profits.

Volunteering Tasmania CEO, Lisa Schimanski, said engaging young people in meaningful volunteer work is a key priority for the volunteering sector at a national and local level.

“Providing students with opportunities to make a positive impact through volunteering enhances their student experience, it helps them with their personal and professional development and their career-aspirations.”

“Strengths that students bring to their volunteering include their diversity, creativity, enthusiasm, understanding of technology and their new, innovative ideas, which benefits nonprofits and in turn whole communities,” Dr Schimanski said.

Volunteering Tasmania and its Member organisations are working collaboratively to increase opportunities for local and international students to volunteer, many are only too willing to provide opportunities for young people.

Volunteering Tasmania encourages those students who haven’t experienced volunteering yet, to find out more, and get involved.

“Students who are given the opportunity to meaningfully and significantly engage in the community not only reap the many personal rewards of volunteering, they also build the capacity of our sector and contribute significantly to the economy “says Dr Schimanski.

Student volunteers themselves understand the many benefits of volunteering.

Ornella Dandolo a University of Tasmania Business student and active volunteer says,
“The best thing about volunteering is getting involved in the community, connecting to new networks and it is a really good way of meeting new people.”

Volunteering Tasmania will be involved a range of events during National Student Volunteer Week to promote volunteering and engage with students, including;

  • UTAS Volunteering Expo University of Tasmania at Sandy Bay campus Tuesday 13th of August 12 -2pm
  • UTAS Volunteering Expo University of Tasmania at Cradle Coast campus Tuesday 13th of August 12 -2pm
  • Volunteering Tasmania Pop-Up referral desk TasTafe Hobart campus Wednesday 14th of August 12 – 2pm
  • Introduction to Volunteering presentations at high schools across the state.

Contact Volunteering Tasmania for a list of member organisations offering volunteering opportunities to students and young people. Free call 1800 677 895 or email admin@volunteeringtas.org.au

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Veney Hiller, Volunteering Tasmania Deputy CEO, 0415 236 934
E: veneyh@volunteeringtas.org.au

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Network Meetings

Please join us and other volunteering professionals at our next Volunteer Management Network Meeting as we explore key issues in our sector;

  • Are  your volunteers supporting your strategic direction?
  • How do we plan and provide resourcing for volunteers that meet our organisations strategic direction?
  • How do we engage volunteers in meaningful roles that meet our organisation’s goals and objectives?

Members: Free | Non Members $25 plus booking fee
Bookings essential. Click below to reserve/purchase your place.

Date and Time
Wed., 24 July 2019
10:00 am – 12:00 pm AEST

Location
Australian Italian Club
77 Federal St
North Hobart TAS 7000

Date and Time
Tue., 30 July 2019
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm AEST

Location
Launceston Library
71 Civic Square
Launceston TAS 7250, TAS 7250

Date and Time
Wed., 31 July 2019
10:00 am – 12:00 pm AEST

Location
Wynyard Community Centre
Little Goldie St, Wynyard
( Behind Save-A-Buck)

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2019 THE STATE OF VOLUNTEERING Symposium

THE STATE OF VOLUNTEERING Symposium is a thought-provoking learning event, offering the perfect one day intensive that will provide a combination of professional development and deliver a deeper understanding of what is happening in the volunteering sector.

The Symposium will be the official launch of the 2019 State of Volunteering Report providing key state-wide insights into volunteering.

Explore and unpack key issues with like-minded people and together we can shape the future of volunteering both in our organisations and in our state.

Inspiring keynotes, presentations, panels, workshops and sharing of ideas are just the start.

2019
STATE OF VOLUNTEERING

SYMPOSIUM is all about;

  • STATE OF PLAY… understand what is happening in our community and the sector in order to develop strategies that are informed and that deliver outcomes;
  • STATE OF KNOWLEDGE…highlighting international, national or local research and how it impacts on our volunteering practice;
  • STATE OF AFFAIRS… ensure organisational success by understanding key legal and HR issues that impact your volunteer management;
  • STATE OF MIND… mental health, self care and creating workplace cultures that drive optimal employee and volunteer outcomes;
  • STATE OF THE ART… utilise new and emerging technology to advance your organisation’s capabilities, capacities, communication with volunteers and inspire them towards the organisation’s shared mission and values.

INFLUENTIAL NATIONAL
AND LOCAL SPEAKERS

Speakers have been selected based on their expertise, know-how, leadership and unique view on the State of Volunteering. They will inform and inspire. Speakers announced soon.

KEYNOTE SESSION

The future state of volunteering – changing the ways we think about volunteers

Volunteering is evolving and will continue to do so into the future. How do we ensure we are responding to our society’s needs while retaining the essence of what it is that enables volunteers to make a different? How do we hang on to the past without jeopardising the future? and What responsibility do we have for shaping the future state of volunteering in Australia and more globally? . Dynamic, reflexive and responsive volunteering and volunteer involving organisations are what we need to ensure that volunteers are able to continue to make a contribution to our ever-changing society. How can we be ready to meet this challenge?

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Dr Megan Paull is senior lecturer in the Murdoch Business School at Murdoch University in Western Australia. Megan has been an active researcher in the volunteering area in Australia for over 25 years and has always tackled topics which challenge managers of volunteers. Her current research includes volunteering in aged care settings, bullying in volunteer settings and valuing volunteer managers. One aspect of research she particularly enjoys is running workshops and seminars, to ensure that her research is communicated back to the communities in which she is working.

An active volunteer, Megan currently serves on the board of Volunteering WA and on the Volunteering WA research committee. Megan was recently on the board of Volunteering Australia and was an active participant in their move from representative to skills based board, chairing their nominations committee during that process.

More information and full program to be released in early August.

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