Your February Sector News Update from Volunteering Victoria

Welcome to your first 2019 issue of Volunteering Matters. This month we share with you some of the important news, networking opportunities and developments that support our shared vision of resilient communities and empowered and active citizens through volunteering. In particular, I draw your attention towards:

PWC Breakfast: As part of our 2019 efforts to provide you with access to some of the the best people in their professions, PWC are generously hosting a free breakfast to discuss some of her recent work consulting with NFPs across the volunteer/paid worker divide.

NCVO Report: This report has enough data for even the hungriest to feast for the rest of 2019. Key takeaways for me include:

  • Over a third of volunteers felt things could be better organised; but, around a quarter felt there is too much bureaucracy. What is a volunteer manager to do!?
  • Those who could benefit most are least likely to volunteer
  • People are less likely to want to designate time to volunteer on a regular basis
  • Don’t underestimate the power of ‘thanks’
VV Strategic Direction: The VV Board have been working hard behind the scenes to set a compelling direction for the organisation over the next three years. There will be more about this work in the coming newsletters, so stay tuned for further updates.
We can't wait to bring you along for the ride ahead, so on behalf of the team at Volunteering Victoria, thank you for your continued engagement with our comms and content as we work towards a stronger volunteering sector in Victoria.

Scott Miller
Chief Executive
Free Member Workshop + Breakfast: 
Managing a Hybrid (Paid and Volunteer) Workforce
When: Tuesday 12 March 2019
Where: PwC Melbourne
Time: 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Many not-for-profits strategically involve both volunteers and contingent worker solutions to support their episodic organisation requirements. Hear from PwC Workplace Law Partner, Bryony Binns, about:

  • Engaging volunteers in relation to core functions 
  • Cases where unpaid volunteers were found to be employees.
  • Risks and how you can engage volunteers correctly
  • Accessorial liability for outsourced labour, 
  • Use of emerging gig economy platforms to manage contingent worker risk.
Free for members to attend, non-members only $20. *Continental breakfast served. 

>> Register here.
VV 2019 State Conference - Call for Presenters

Volunteering Victoria is inviting submissions from suitably qualified persons to deliver presentations and workshops during concurrent breakout sessions at the 2019 State Conference.  

The State Conference 2019 is a two-day event of keynote addresses, panel discussions and concurrent breakout sessions featuring workshops and presentations. 

>> Check out our shiny new conference website
>> Find out how to present
>> Download application form

Webinar Series 
Announcing the launch of our FREE monthly webinar series. Registrations for our 1st webinar have now been exhausted. Registrations below for our 2nd webinar.

Unable to make it at that time? Webinar materials will be made available on the Volunteering Victoria website and will be sent to participants after the session.
Topic: Building your Evidence Base – Research and Evaluation in the Not-for-Profit sector
Speaker: Marg Joiner & Nathan Brown 
When: Thursday 7 March 2019 2:00 - 3:00 pm
About: Join our Sector Development Manager Sara Sterling as she talks to Adele Stowe-Lindner from Ardoch and Kerry Uren from Interchange Inc to talk about their experience in building an evidence base across diverse programs and sectors.

>> Register here.
Important Report: UK National Survey on the Volunteering Experience 
The National Council of Voluntary Organisations (UK) has just released its report ‘Time Well Spent: A National Survey on Volunteer Experience’. It is the result of a national survey carried out through their YouGov panel and had over 10,000 respondents.

The survey sought to understand the different ways people get involved, look at how volunteering fits into peoples lives, understand people’s experiences across the volunteer journey and explore how to better engage potential volunteers.

>> Read the full report here
State Govt: Review of the Victorian Child Safe Standards
The review seeks to inform the government about how the Victorian Child Safe Standards have been understood and implemented by organisations in their initial period of operation in a way that promotes improvements in the child safe culture in organisations.
National Volunteer Week: Making a World of Difference

National Volunteer Week 2019 is 20- 26 May. 

The official hashtag for this event is #NVW2019. downloadable promotional material will be available soon on Volunteering Australia's website

For enquiries, please contact

>> Download NVW2019 logos here.

Do you know a volunteer working for a healthcare provider or organisation delivering public health programs that is making an outstanding contribution to the lives of people?

The 2019 Minister for Health Volunteer Awards open for nominations at 9.00am Tuesday 5 February and close at 5 pm Tuesday 5 March 2019.

These awards highlight and celebrate volunteering and its significant contribution to public healthcare in Victoria.

>> Nominate here.
Adrienne Picone: Predictions for 2019
Volunteering Australia CEO Adrienne Picone argues that it’s time to turn our attention to ensuring the volunteer sector is adequately resourced. Adrienne's piece is part of a series of 2019 predictions from leading experts across the social sector.

>>  Read full article here.
New Research: The Role of Family Social background in Later Life Volunteering
While we know that volunteering contributes significantly to well-being and community spirit, the legacy aspect of volunteering is often overlooked. 

Research has found that parents who volunteer significantly influence their children’s voluntary activity, and having a parent who actively volunteers increases a child’s likelihood of becoming a volunteer by 53% in later life.

>> Read the full article here.
Help VV tell your story: Call Out for Volunteer Stories
Do you have an amazing volunteer whose story you would like to share with us? We would love to hear it! 

Submissions must be:
  1. From the Volunteering Victoria membership
  2. Approx. 200 words + photo
>> Please send your story to Camellia Sayed, Marketing and Communications Officer at
VV Membership: Join Now and Save

If you have been thinking about joining as a member, now is the time as you’ll only pay 50% for a full membership for the rest of the financial year.  

Membership benefits include:

For more information on membership options, please contact Lisa Barrow, Business Manager on 03 8327 8500 or 
VV Membership: New Members
In January, we warmly welcomed the following new members. Thank you all for joining team Volunteering Victoria and assisting us to strengthen our communities through your membership.
Bairnsdale Regional Health 
Bayley House
Eske McIntoch  
Leanne Wicks 
Linda Hubbard
Robert Rolley 
Robin Boyd Foundation 
Roz Wollmering 
Sarah Berry 
Victoria State Emergency Service Volunteers Association 
Coburg Football Club 
Neighbourhood Houses Victoria 
For more information on membership options, please contact Lisa Barrow, Business Manager on 03 8327 8500 or 
Read our previous newsletter
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