Engage and Exchange Newsletter
Welcome to the February edition of Engage and Exchange. We’ve had a busy start to the year and are excited about all of the training and development opportunities coming up.
Things to look out for in this newsletter; the 2019 State Conference, mentoring applications due, webinars, and workshops tailored for your professional development.

On behalf of the Sector Development team, I’m looking forward to a year of continued learning together!

Sara Sterling
Sector Development Manager

National Standards of Volunteer Involvement 

When: Wednesday 6 March
Where: Melbourne Meat Market, 5 Blackwood St North Melbourne
Time: 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Cost: Member $150 Non Member $180
This workshop will introduce managers of volunteers to the framework and explore ways that it can be implemented to suit your program’s needs.

Participants will be introduced to a tool that will facilitate a self-audit against the standards and receive a copy of the Implementing the National Standards Guide and Workbook upon completion. 

>> Register here.

Volunteers and the Law

When: Tuesday 26 March
Where: Melbourne Meat Market, 5 Blackwood St North Melbourne
Time: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Cost: Member $270 Non Member $350
This full day session run by Justice Connect will provide essential training for anyone in a position of managing or coordinating volunteers. On completion of this training participants will understand how the law applies to volunteers and the implications this has for volunteer management practices.

>> Register here.

The Tuff Stuff- Volunteer Performance Counselling

When: Wednesday 3 April 2019
Where: Melbourne Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth St
Time: 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Cost: Member $175 Non Member $230
While managing volunteers is usually a rewarding task – there can be a nasty side to volunteer management: performance counseling. 

If you avoid confrontation like the plague, struggle to give constructive feedback, and feel like you’re going into battle every day - this workshop is for you.

>> Register here.

Coaching Volunteers through Organisational Change

When: Wednesday 2 May 2019
Where: Melbourne Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth St
Time: 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Cost: Member $175 Non Member $230

Change is constant in the not-for-profit world as organisations adapt to different funding models, reporting and technology. This session looks at the tools and strategies necessary for Managers of Volunteers to coach volunteers through organisational change with reference to the National Standards of Volunteer Involvement.

>> Register here.
Registrations for our 2019 mentoring program close on Thursday 7 March.

The mentoring program now in its fifth year, has had enormous success in pairing newer volunteer managers with experienced volunteer managers in their sector to provide great outcomes to support volunteering across the state. Mentees receive individualised support and advice and mentors have the opportunity to demonstrate leadership in the sector. 

We still have places on the program for both mentor and mentees, but time is limited to apply! 

>> Find out about the program here.
>> Apply to be a mentor here.
>> Apply to be a mentee here.
Topic: Building your evidence base
Speaker: Adele Stowe-Lindner & Kerry Uren
When: Thursday 7 March 2019 at 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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.
Topic: Managing Volunteers Remotely
Speaker: Leesa Riley & Hazel Maynard 
When: Thursday 4 April 2019 at 2:00 - 3:00 pm

In this webinar our Sector Development Manager Sara Sterling will talk to Leesa Riley from Parks Victoria and Hazel Maynard from Volunteering Victoria about their best practice hints and tips around managing volunteers remotely.

>> Register here.
Topic: Influencing Up
Speaker: Tracey O’Neill & Ang Cuy
When: Thursday 9 May 2019 at 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Getting buy in from senior leadership to support your volunteer program can be a tough ask. Int this webinar our Sector Development Manager Sara Sterling talks to Tracey O’Neill from Austin Health and Ang Cuy from YMCA about their strategies for influencing up. 

Registrations available soon! 

When: 20 – 21 June 2019
Where: Pullman on the Park, Melbourne


Call for Presenters

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

The deadline for submissions is 14 March, 2019.  To find out more about the short presentations and what is required to submit an application click on the links below:  

>> Make a submission here.

Early Bird Tickets

Early bird tickets to attend the conference are now available and close on  30 April, 2019. 

>> Buy tickets here.

Conference Program 

The agenda for the conference program is now available. Check out what we have lined up for the 2019 State Conference. 

>> Check out the program here.

Special Interest Groups (Members Only)

Volunteering networks provide an opportunity for Volunteer Managers to share information and resources, discuss issues of common interest, access professional development, and to make new connections and collaborate on projects and activities. The meetings are held quarterly and open to members of Volunteering Victoria. New members are welcome. Special interest groups (SIGs) include:
Leadership in Volunteering

When:  Tuesday 26 February 2:30- 4:00 pm
Venue: Zoo Corporate Office, Parkville
Cost: Free (Member only RSVP essential)
Topic: Reinvigorating volunteering across a diverse set of business areas
Presenter: Sasha Earle from Brotherhood of St Laurence. 
Inclusive Volunteering

When:  Thursday 14 March 10:00- 11:30 am
Venue: Thorn Harbour Health, Melbourne
Cost: Free (Member only RSVP essential)
Topic: LGBTQI Inclusivity in Volunteering
Presenter: Daniel Bryen 
>> For more information or to RSVP, please contact Sara Sterling, Sector Development Manager at or 8327 8509

Volunteering Victoria Membership

Volunteering Victoria membership provides an avenue through which our members can be heard, get involved, save time, keep learning, raise their profile, build their networks and save money.

For more information, please contact Lisa Barrow, Business Manager on 03 8327 8500 or
Volunteering Victoria: Your state peak body for more effective volunteering

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