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

Expression of Interest – Volunteering Tasmania Board

Volunteering Tasmania is the peak body for volunteering in Tasmania. Our purpose is helping Tasmanians experience the benefits of volunteering. We believe that all members of our community equally deserve the right to experience the benefits of volunteering, regardless of their background or current situation.

Volunteering Tasmania is a statewide, not for profit organisation with an office in Hobart.  See our website for further information: www.volunteeringtas.org.au

We are now seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from enthusiastic, experienced and skilled people to be considered for nomination to the Volunteering Tasmania Board.

Board role: The Volunteering Tasmania Board provides governance and strategic leadership to the organisation.

Attributes sought: We are seeking individuals able to complement our existing team with strong relevant networks across Tasmania and more widely, with good Tasmanian Government connections and a high public profile.  In addition, skills, experience and knowledge across one or more of the following areas is ideal: 

  • Fundraising
  • Board and senior management roles
  • Strategic planning
  • Commercial / business sector
  • Governance, quality and risk management
  • Human Resources
  • Public relations and marketing
  • Alternative income generation

Length of term: Three years, (a one year appointment may be considered in some instances).

Meetings and time commitment:  The Board of Volunteering Tasmania meets around 6 times per year on average but has active sub-committees and requires a commitment of around 10-15 hours per month on Director duties.

If you are interested in nominating for a position on the Board you should initially provide an Expression of Interest addressing the key attributes above and the following points:

  1. Prior experience on Boards and Committees and/or knowledge of governance processes
  2. Demonstrated ability to think strategically and analytically
  3. The ability to attend meetings and contribute to Committees and out of session discussions and decision making
  4. Additional experience and skills you would bring to the Board

People who best meet our requirements will be invited to a meeting with the Chair to further discuss the role. Please note, two existing Board members are re-standing, however, an independent selection process is being followed.

For more information contact the Chair – Rachel Johnson on 0419 771 262 or to obtain an information pack send an email to: admin@volunteeringtas.org.au

Expression of Interest – Volunteering Tasmania Board 2018-07-11T15:51:36+00:00

Finalists announced for the 2018 Southern Cross Television Tasmanian Volunteering Awards

Volunteering Tasmania, Southern Cross Television and the Tasmanian Government are delighted to announce this years’ finalists of the 2018 Southern Cross Television  Tasmanian Volunteering Awards.

To view the finalists, click here.

Volunteering Tasmania and the category judges would like to acknowledge the amazing calibre of nominations in every category and would like to thank every nominator for their efforts in nominating and of course acknowledge the amazing efforts of all the volunteers that were nominated.

Volunteering Tasmania, her Excellency the Governor of Tasmania and representatives from the Department of Premier and Cabinet look forward to meeting finalists, their guests and their nominator at Government House on May 21, 2018 for the Awards ceremony.

For all those who narrowly missed out on the finalist round, every individual nominee and nominated program will be receiving a Certification of Recognition and Appreciation, our way of saying thanks on behalf of all Tasmanians.

Finalists announced for the 2018 Southern Cross Television Tasmanian Volunteering Awards 2018-04-27T07:11:44+00:00

In Focus: Tasmanian volunteer ambulance officers

Volunteering Tasmania is working with Ambulance Tasmania to better understand the key issues and challenges volunteers face when responding to emergency medical situations across Tasmania.

Volunteering Tasmania chief executive, Alison Lai says the project will not only provide Ambulance Tasmania with further feedback on their volunteer management practices, but it will also be a valuable opportunity for their volunteers to share their ideas and thoughts.

“We are committed to understanding what can be done to continue improving the experience of volunteers,” Alison said.

“Volunteering Tasmania will use the information we collect through this project to provide recommendations to Ambulance Tasmania that are based on the feedback of their volunteers and also in accordance with the National Standards for Volunteer Involvement.”

Volunteering Tasmania is leading this project so that respondents can provide input confidentially and individuals will not be identified in the final report.

“We are encouraging anyone who is currently a volunteer ambulance officer, or has been involved previously, to complete our online survey,” Alison said.

The recommendations from this project will also be used to complement the initiatives outlined in the Liberal Government’s commitment to invest $800,000 per year into supporting volunteer ambulance officers.

The Ambulance Tasmania survey will be live until the end of April and can be accessed here.

In Focus: Tasmanian volunteer ambulance officers 2018-04-18T10:25:12+00:00