2018/2019 Volunteering Tasmania Annual Report

Dear Board,

We are proud to provide you with a soft copy of the 2018/19 Annual Report.
Hard copies will be provided to you at the 25 year Jubilee celebration and at the AGM.

This link is private, please do not share beyond VT until after Tuesday.

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2018/2019 Volunteering Tasmania Annual Report 2019-09-19T17:16:12+00:00

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

Australian Italian Club
77 Federal St
North Hobart TAS 7000

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

Launceston Library
71 Civic Square
Launceston TAS 7250, TAS 7250

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

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

Network Meetings 2019-07-11T13:38:39+00:00

Statewide forum for the Community Services sector

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.

Statewide forum for the Community Services sector 2019-02-21T13:01:11+00:00

Editorial: Remarkable story unfolds at fire evacuation centre

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.

The evacuation centre at the Huon Valley PCYC in Huonville, at the start of the unfolding emergency. Picture: MATHEW FARRELL

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.

Julie Groome of the Australian Red Cross outside the evacuation centre at Huonville. Picture: MATT THOMPSON

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.

Leona, 9, left, Noah, 5, and Kohen Gilliland, 10, watching a movie on the big screen outside the evacuation centre for the fire ravaged Huon Valley. Picture: MATT THOMPSON

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.

Adam Lockwood, left, Jaymee Lockwood, Lochlan Barry, Leah Lockwood, all of Geeveston, reading donated books outside the evacuation centre. Picture: MATT THOMPSON

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

Editorial: Remarkable story unfolds at fire evacuation centre 2019-02-14T12:39:13+00:00

Tasmanian Bushfires: Concerned members of the public wanting to help

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.

Tasmanian Bushfires: Concerned members of the public wanting to help 2019-01-30T15:51:37+00:00

Tasmanian Government receives our Budget Priority Submission for 2019-20

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.

Tasmanian Government receives our Budget Priority Submission for 2019-20 2018-12-19T15:08:25+00:00

International Volunteer Day 2018

Volunteering Tasmania proudly supports International Volunteer Day (IVD) on 5 December, to raise awareness on the important role volunteers play in responding to challenges facing the world.

About International Volunteer Day (IVD)

International Volunteer Day (IVD) mandated by the UN General Assembly, is held each year on 5 December.  It is viewed as a unique chance for volunteers and organizations to celebrate their efforts, to share their values, and to promote their work among their communities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), United Nations agencies, government authorities and the private sector.

Apart from mobilising thousands of volunteers every year, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme contributes to peace and development by advocating for the recognition of volunteers and working with partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming.

2018 Theme: Volunteers build Resilient Communities

International Volunteer Day (IVD) 2018, “Volunteers build resilient communities”, recognises volunteers worldwide – with a special focus on local community volunteers – who contribute to making their communities more resilient against natural disasters, economic stresses and political shocks. The campaign theme combines the recognition of volunteers with concrete evidence from the State of the World’s Volunteerism Report (SWVR) 2018.

#IVD2018 focuses on the values of volunteerism through the appreciation of local volunteers, including the marginalised groups and women, who make up nearly 60 per cent of volunteers worldwide, and their impact on building #ResilientCommunities.


Click HERE to download a Word template of the below editable certificate.

Click HERE to download our Tip Sheet ’50+ Ideas for Volunteer Recognition’.

Visit the UN Volunteers website for more information and to access the IVD2018 resource centre.







Originally published as International Volunteer Day.

International Volunteer Day 2018 2018-11-21T11:19:40+00:00

Volunteer Managers in the Spotlight on November 5

November 5 is International Volunteer Managers Day, with Volunteering Tasmania joining their members and others across Australia (and the globe) in thanking the wonderful people who manage volunteers.

It is sometimes challenging for people to understand what managers’ of volunteers do, they are the ones in charge of looking after those incredible individuals who volunteer their time willingly to help our community.

Dr Lisa Schimanksi CEO of Volunteering Tasmania says

“Managers of volunteers play a vital role, you need only think about any sporting club in Tasmania, any community organisation, environmental or tourism group, arts or emergency service group to realise that every one of these organisations requires management of volunteers.

They manage recruitment and training of new volunteers, they manage the paperwork, insurances, they do inductions, they negotiate work plans, they schedule the rosters and they do the reporting. They work through difficult issues, sometimes deal with conflict and always ensure the volunteers are welcomed, appreciated, recognised and thanked” she said.

Carolyn Whamond is a qualified Volunteer Manager at Calvary Private Hospital who manages over 120 volunteers says

“It is a relatively new profession, but an increasingly necessary one.

It is obviously a role that requires people skills but it is also a role that includes understanding of regulatory frameworks, risk management and HR” she says.

Dr Schimanksi adds “ While there are more paid volunteer management roles than in previous years, it is still common for people who manage volunteers to also be volunteers themselves or if they are employees of an organisation, they do the volunteer management component from the side of their desk.

“Ideally this will change over time as volunteer involving organisations realise how impactful managing the volunteer effort is for the best organisational outcomes “ she said.

We spend much of our time recognising the contribution of volunteers in our community, and rightly so, their 7.1 million* plus hours given freely to Tasmania each year is an enormous contribution, however International Volunteer Managers Day  is a day to  reach out and thank those  people in your club or organisations making volunteering happen from the inside.

They all deserve a very big thank you for the work that they do.

Volunteer Managers in the Spotlight on November 5 2018-11-05T15:52:25+00:00

Welcoming our new Chief Executive Officer

On behalf of the Volunteering Tasmania Board and staff, I am delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Lisa Schimanski as the new Chief Executive Officer of Volunteering Tasmania. 

Lisa comes to us with a wealth of experience and professional expertise.

For the past two and a half years she has worked at the Tasmanian Council of Social Service (TasCOSS) as the Manager, Strategic Partnerships and Projects. Much of her TasCOSS work has been deeply embedded within Tasmanian communities and within Volunteer Involving Organisations. Lisa has also supported a number of advocacy and policy campaigns that impact on the lives of those in our community.

Lisa has been and still is an enthusiastic volunteer for a range of community, sporting and school organisations, she understands first-hand the importance of volunteers for a whole range of activities that many Tasmanians rely upon, as well as the strength volunteering gives to organisations, clubs and the community.

Lisa is committed to contemporary practice, and working closely with government, organisations and volunteers in Tasmania to celebrate and promote the economic, cultural and social benefits of volunteering to all Tasmanians.

Lisa will be commencing her new role on 8 October 2018, we hope you will join us in welcoming Lisa.

Please tune in to ABC Radio on Monday 8 Oct, and hear Dr Lisa Schimanski’s vision for Volunteering Tasmania on ‘Drive with Piia Wirsu’ at approximately 5.25pm.  ABC Drive can be heard online or on air on these frequencies: Bicheno 89.7 FM, Burnie 102.5 FM, East Devonport 100.5 FM, Fingal 1161 AM, King Island 88.5 FM, Lileah 91.3 FM, Queenstown/Zeehan 90.5 FM, Rosebery 106.3 FM, Savage River/Waratah 104.1 FM, St Helens 1584 AM, St Marys 102.7 FM, Strahan 107.5 FM, Swansea 106.1 FM, Waratah 103.3 FM, Weldborough 97.3 FM, NE Tasmania 91.7 FM

Kind regards,

Venéy Hiller
Deputy CEO
Volunteering Tasmania

Welcoming our new Chief Executive Officer 2018-10-08T15:45:46+00:00

Annual Report now available (it’s a page-turner!)

We invite you to view our 2017-18 Annual Report.

It’s a 38-page bumper edition packed with facts and fun photos, even a short video titled “Why we do what we do“.

Many thanks to all the volunteers and Volunteer Involving Organisations who helped make this report (and this year) so vibrant and successful, we hope you have as much fun reading this summary as we had writing it!

Click below to view the flip-page version, or go to our website to download .pdfs of our 2017-18 Annual Report and Audited Financial Statements.

Annual Report now available (it’s a page-turner!) 2018-09-26T11:10:37+00:00