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Engage & Exchange: Your December PD Bulletin

Wow! And thus, another year (and decade!) draws to a close. Hope that you all have well-deserved breaks planned. To me, the holidays are a good reminder of the power of community. I consider it one of the real privileges of volunteer management that we get to build community on a day to day basis.

The holidays are also a time of year to be thinking about new years resolutions. While I know that these can be tough to stick to (I personally lose the plot at about week 3!), I’d urge you to spend some time over the next few weeks to think about professional new years resolutions for your volunteer program. What do you want to do differently next year? How can you make a better impact? While it can be hard to take time to reflect on these questions, giving ourselves the space to do so will leave us better placed in 2020. 

In the meantime, happy new year from everyone at Volunteering Victoria and happy reading!

Sara Sterling
Sector Development Manager

Congratulations to our first cohort of CPD participants!

Our pilot CPD program is coming to a close. We’ve been so grateful for the enthusiasm you have all shown for this new Volunteering Victoria initiative. Registered CPD participants will have received instructions for how to complete their submit their points schedules, and reflective pieces, and will soon be using the post-nominal PLV and associated email badge. 

We are looking forward to seeing these and hope that they spark conversations with colleagues about what is means to be a professional leader of volunteers, and why associating your peak body is important.

Social media:
If you are posting about your achievements on social media, or want to recognize a colleague who has completed CPD this year, please tag us on Facebook and Twitter, or LinkedIn.


Got feedback? please email cpd@volunteeringvictoria.org.au 

>> Join the wait-list for 2020 here.

A - Z of Volunteer Management

When: Wednesday 12 February
Where: Melbourne Meat Market
Time: 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Cost: Member $250; Non-Member $330
CPD points:
2

>> Register here
When: Wednesday 6 May
Where: Melbourne Meat Market
Time: 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Cost: Member $250; Non-Member $330
CPD points:
2

>> Register here
This interactive workshop will provide participants with a sound understanding of best practice volunteer management. The following areas will be covered: advertising and recruitment, induction, ongoing support, supervision and recognition, safety and risk management, through to the exit stage

3Rs: Recruitment Reward and Recognition

When: Wednesday 26 February
Where: Melbourne Multicultural Hub
Time: 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Cost: Member $175; Non-Member $230
CPD points: 2

This interactive workshop provides participants with strategies they can implement into their program. Participants will use the National Standards for Volunteer Involvement to develop or improve an existing volunteer program so that they can successfully recruit, retain and recognize the important contribution volunteers make; leading to longer retention rates and a healthy workplace culture.


>> Register here

The Tuff Stuff - Volunteer Performance Counselling

When: Wednesday 4 March
Where: Melbourne Multicultural Hub
Time: 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Cost: Member $175; Non-Member $230
CPD points: 2

>> Register here
When: Wednesday 10 June
Where: Melbourne Multicultural Hub
Time: 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Cost: Member $175; Non-Member $230
CPD points: 2


>> Register here
While managing volunteers is usually a rewarding task – there can be challenges in volunteer management: performance counselling. 
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.

National Standards of Volunteer Involvement 

When: Thursday 26 March
Where: Melbourne Multicultural Hub
Time: 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Cost: Member $150; Non-Member $180
CPD points: 2

The National Standards for Volunteer Involvement (2015) are Australia’s best practice roadmap for volunteering. 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

Value Based Leadership

When: Wednesday 15 April
Where: Melbourne Multicultural Hub
Time: 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Cost: Member $175; Non-Member $230
CPD points: 2

Well developed and defined organisational values can be a powerful recruitment and retention tool for volunteers. By guiding decision making and behaviour, values can be one of the most important tools for volunteer managers. This session explores how greater understanding of personal and professional values can enhance your skills as a volunteer manager. 

>> Register here

Building an Inclusive Volunteer Program

When: Wednesday 13 May
Where: Melbourne Multicultural Hub
Time: 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Cost: Member $175; Non-Member $230
CPD points: 2

We all aim to have diversity in our volunteer programs, but developing and maintaining a truly inclusive volunteer program can be challenging. This session builds on lessons, resources and tools from the Victoria ALIVE project about how to ensure your volunteer program is truly inclusive. 

>> Register here

Coaching Volunteers Through Organisational Change

When: Wednesday 3 June
Where: Melbourne Multicultural Hub
Time: 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Cost: Member $175; Non-Member $230
CPD points: 2

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

Volunteers and the Law

When: Wednesday 17 June
Where: Melbourne Meat Market
Time: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Cost: Member $270; Non-Member $350
CPD points: 2

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

Applications for our mentoring program have opened early!  Application forms and a new skills audit to assist us with matching are now online.

Why join the Mentoring Program in 2020?

  • Increase your networks in the sector
  • A great way to become more involved with Volunteering Victoria
  • Earn CPD points
If you’ve been interested in the program, but are not sure what it involves feel free to email sara@volunteeringvictoria.org.au to talk more about what’s involved.

>> Find out how to apply here.
"Taking part in Volunteering Victoria’s Webinar series as a panel member this year was an incredibly rewarding experience. It was a fantastic opportunity not only to work with a colleague from the sector that I admire, but to share our ideas and strengthen our network. If you’re thinking about taking part - throw your hat in the ring! Your colleagues in the sector would love to hear your thoughts, insights, and learnings, and this is a great way to do it!"Ang Cuy, Executive Manager, YMCA Victoria
 

Are you interested in being involved in Volunteering Victoria’s webinar program for 2020? Is there an aspect of volunteer management that you feel passionate about and you have experience you would like to share with your peers? Our webinar program is a great way to do so.

>> Contact Sara Sterling sara@volunteeringvictoria.org.au to talk about what is involved.

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.
>> For more information or to RSVP, please contact Sara Sterling, Sector Development Manager at s.sterling@volunteeringvictoria.org.au or 8327 8509
Leadership in Volunteering 2020
When: Wednesday
 13 Feb
CPD points: 0.5
Employee Volunteering 2020
When: Thursday 20 February

CPD points: 0.5
Inclusive Volunteering 2020
When: Tuesday 10 March

CPD points: 0.5
SIG meeting invitations get sent out 3 weeks prior to meetings to people who have registered their interest in being involved in the SIG ahead of time.

>> To be added to the mailing list for the Employee Volunteer, Inclusive, or Leadership SIGs, please send your interest to info@volunteeringvictoria.org.au.

 
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 us on 03 8327 8500 or info@volunteeringvictoria.org.au
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