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

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

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

Budget Priority Statement 2020-21

As the Peak body for volunteering in Tasmania, we are here to support volunteers, volunteer-involving organisations and the Tasmanian Government as we work together to ensure a vibrant and active volunteer sector for the state. Through our members we represent over 50,000 Tasmanians who give their time to volunteering.

For the State Budget 2020-21, we have outlined the key priorities  and are asking the Tasmanian Government for a strategic investment so that we can support, sustain and safeguard the sector now and into the future.

Our budget priorities were informed  by our recent research – The State of Volunteering Report 2019  and consultation with our Members.

We are delighted to present our 2020-21 Budget Priority Statement. If you have any questions or feedback, as always please feel free to reach out to us.

Read our submission here

 

 

 

Budget Priority Statement 2020-21 2020-03-28T12:16:53+00:00

Support to HACC and CHSP funded providers

Volunteer Management 

Volunteering Tasmania provides best practice volunteer management support and advice to all Home and Community Care (HACC) and Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) funded organisations.

We are excited to share opportunities to collaborate, create and embed best practice volunteer management strategies within existing volunteer programs within the sector, this enables a better volunteer experience for your current and future volunteers.

The following dates have been scheduled available to all HACC and CHSP funded organisations:

Home and Community Care Community of Practice meetings

A network for Home and Community Care (HACC) and Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) funded organisations to participate in and contribute input towards the resources and support required to maintain their volunteer programs.

  • Discuss resource ideas to support the effective and efficient management of volunteers
  • Discuss volunteer management education and training initiatives
  • Discuss organisational support strategies for Volunteering Tasmania to provide option to participate in research and advocacy initiatives

These meetings are held bi-monthly via web conference for anyone who wishes to be part of this network.

Dates of upcoming CoP meetings are:

  • Tuesday 10th March | 1pm – 2pm
    One of our topics for the March CoP will be looking at Volunteering Tasmania hosting a dedicated introduction to volunteering session specific to HACC and CHSP.
  • Thursday 14th May | 1pm – 2pm
  • Tuesday 14th July | 1pm – 2pm
  • Thursday 10th September | 1pm – 2pm
  • Tuesday 10th November | 1pm – 2pm

Please RSVP to Katec@volunteeringtas.org.au if you would like to participate in these.

 

Volunteer Management Check Up Conversations

Volunteering Tasmania has two dedicated team members to visit your organisation to have a chat about your current volunteer programs, any queries or challenges you may have and provide information, advice and resource support to you based on these conversations.

Appointment times available from 30 minutes to one hour and we come to you!

Maree in the North West and Kate servicing Southern and Northern HACC and CHSP funded providers – this is a free service to your organisation.

Available dates for these appointments for bookings are:

  • SOUTH
    • Thursday 20th February | 10am – 2pm
  • NORTH
    • Wednesday 11th March | 9am – 12 noon
  • NORTH WEST
    • Tuesday 18th February | 9am – 12 noon
    • Tuesday 24th March | 9am – 12 noon
    • Tuesday 21st April | 9am – 12 noon
    • Tuesday 19th May | 9am – 12 noon
    • Tuesday 23rd June | 9am – 12 noon

 

Volunteering Tasmania
HACC and CHSP contacts:

Kate Crawford, North and South
Katec@volunteeringtas.org.au or phone 03 6231 5550

Maree Gleeson, North West
MareeG@volunteeringtas.org.au or phone 0417 467 716

 

 

 

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2020 Network Meetings – save the dates

Dear Members and friends,

We are delighted to provide opportunities for our Members, other organisations, and communities to connect and discuss some of the key issues in volunteer management.

Please join us and other volunteering professionals at our Volunteer Management Network Meetings in 2020 as we explore relevant topics in our sector, connect with one another and develop the strong networks needed to succeed in volunteer management.

We have the full schedule of dates and times available across the state so you can save the dates now. Bookings will be via Humanatix and are essential.

You can see all the 2020 dates in all the locations here

In February 2020 we will be exploring the National Standards of Volunteer Involvement and in particular we will be doing a deep dive into Standard #5 ‘Support & Development’

  • What processes should be in place to provide support for volunteers within our organisations?
  • How can we facilitate and nurture the ongoing development of our volunteers?
  • What measures can we take to support our volunteers when changes occur?

Book your place at the February meetings by clicking on the location below:

HUMANATIX

Volunteering Tasmania has moved to the event booking platform Humanatix.
All of the booking fees associated with registering for a VT event now goes to closing the education gap around the world. Every ticket counts.
So how much of the booking fee goes to charity? ALL OF IT!

You can learn more about the impact of Humanatix here

2020 Network Meetings – save the dates 2020-01-13T17:40:51+00:00

Masterclass – The Crowdfunding Formula

Masterclass – The Crowdfunding Formula 2019-11-19T11:54:00+00:00

Seeking Support: Volunteer leadership in Tasmania – a research study

You are invited to attend a focus group on  Volunteer Leadership in Tasmania…

The focus groups will be collecting the insights, experiences, and ideas of people who lead and manage volunteers in (unpaid workers) Tasmania.

These focus groups will explore questions such as:

• What is unique about leading and managing volunteers?
• What are the challenges? What are the opportunities?
• What does successful volunteer leadership/management look like?
• How could leaders/managers of volunteers be better supported or developed?

A primary aim of the Volunteer Leadership in Tasmania study is to inform future efforts to support and develop current and future leaders and managers of volunteers.

If you or others within your organisation currently lead or manages volunteers, we would love to hear from you.

If you are unable to attend a focus group (see dates and times below), or would rather share your thoughts via a one-on-one conversation, we can arrange a phone interview at a time that suits you.

In the link below there is an  Information Sheet with more details of the study and a Consent Form which you can complete and return if you would like to participate.

Focus groups will be conducted as follows:

 Burnie: 22 November 2019, 2-4pm
 Hobart: 6 December 2019, 2-4pm

If you have any questions about the Volunteer Leadership in Tasmania study, contact

Dr Toby Newstead
Lecturer in Management
Tasmanian School of Business and Economics
University of Tasmania
A248, Newnham
Locked Bag 1317
Launceston, TAS, 7250
613 6324 3127 (extension 3127

Please feel free to pass this invitation along to others who may be interested in speaking to us about leading and managing volunteers in Tasmania.
I look forward to hearing from you.

Volunteer Leadership in Tas – Info and Consent

CLICK TO DOWNLOAD THE INFORMATION AND CONSENT FORM

 

Seeking Support: Volunteer leadership in Tasmania – a research study 2019-11-13T12:12:39+00:00

Central Coast – become a volunteer or mentor information sessions

Come along to find out about the benefits of volunteering and how you can be involved in Doors to Mentors which is a mentoring program developed to support young people in the Central Coast as part of our communities’ 100 Day Challenge.

Choose from one of the following information sessions:

Wednesday 13th November 2019, 6.00-7.30pm
OR
Thursday 14th November 2019, 10.00-11.30am

Venue: Gnomon Room (Wharf Precinct, Ulverstone)

For more information and to RSVP, please contact:
Melissa Budgeon – 6429 8900 or
melissa.budgeon@centralcoast.tas.gov.au
RSVP Closes COB 11 November 2019

Light refreshments will be provided.

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