Engage & Exchange Newsletter - April
Are you also wondering how it’s April already? We are excited to have released a whole series of workshops for the second half of the year, as well as a fantastic line up of speakers for our second State Conference. Early bird registrations close on April 30th so be sure to book tickets soon so you don’t miss out on the discount! 

Also don’t forget to register for our National Volunteer Week event on 22 May. Panellists have recently been announced and we are sure it will be a great event.  

Enjoy the upcoming public holidays. I hope you come back refreshed and rejuvenated. 

Sara Sterling
Sector Development Manager
State Conference Update - 24 New Presenters Confirmed
Register now to secure early bird rate – pay later on invoice
When: 20 – 21 June 2019
Where: Pullman on the Park, Melbourne

24 workshops across 8 streams are now confirmed and online! Don't miss out on presentations on technology, inclusion, peer support, leadership, research + strategies, networks + partnerships and the future of volunteering.

We hope you agree that this is a line-up of State-wide speakers doing us all proud.

>> Read the full program here.
>> Buy your conference tickets here.

90 minute workshops:
Choose from 8 workshops featuring national content matter experts who will take you through some of the most pressing topics for developing your volunteer management and leadership.

>> View complete list of workshops here.
8 streams of Short Presentations:
Presenters will explore diverse topics including: rural, disruptive, co-designed, sports, corporate, emergency, and multicultural volunteering over 2 days.

>> View Day 1 presentations here.
>> View Day 2 presentations here.
National Volunteer Week Forum: Speakers Announced
When: Wednesday 22 May from 9:00 am registration and starting at 9:30 am – 12:30 pm 
Where: Melbourne Town Hall
Theme: Leaving No-One Behind: Building Communities in a Changing Environment
Keynote Speaker: Professor Paul Smyth
Cost: Members FREE Non Members $70

A facilitated panel discussion from State-based organisations will relate the effects of social policy on our collective efforts to grow volunteer engagement and effort in our communities. 

>> Register to attend here.
>> Find out more here.
Bernadette Northeast
Volunteer Program Coordinator - Warrnambool City Council
Nick Tschuck 
Workforce Planning Implementation Lead – City of Melbourne
Andrew Coghlan
Board Member – Volunteering Victoria
Penny Aquino
General Manager – Volunteer Resources. The Salvation Army
Disability Community Forum: Cobram
When: Thursday 2 May at 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Where: Cobram Civic Centre - Council Chambers, Punt Road, Cobram
Speakers: Sally Bate (Cobram Community House)Pauline Wilkinson (Yarrawonga Neighbourhood House) & Deb Johns (Cobram Youth Op Shop)
Topic: Disability Inclusion in Volunteering: Creating Meaningful Opportunities in our Organisations for Volunteers with a Disability
Cost: FREE

In collaboration with Cobram Community House, the forum has been developed to engage volunteer-involving organisations in Moira Shire and surrounding regions in an active process of identifying and understanding the issues impacting on disability inclusive volunteer co-ordination and management at a local level.

Gain new networks and ideas on how to be more representative of the communities you serve.

>> Register to attend here.
>> Find out more about Victoria ALIVE here.

A - Z of Volunteer Management (2 sessions)

When: Wednesday 24 July & Tuesday 29 October 2019
Where: Melbourne Meat Market
Time: 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Cost: Member $250; Non-Member $330

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

>> July- Register here
>> October - Register here

3Rs Recruitment Reward and Recognition 

When: Wednesday 7 August 2019
Where: Melbourne Multicultural Hub
Time: 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Cost: Member $175; Non-Member $230

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.

Volunteer Screening Deconstructed 

When: Tuesday 13 August 2019
Where: Melbourne Multicultural Hub
Time: 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Cost: Member $175; Non-Member $230

This new interactive session looks at the elements of volunteer screening and how to implement them in a way that protects your oganisation from risk but doesnt leave you tied up in red tape. 

Its the perfect workshop for those looking to understand the difference between a police check, a working with childrens check, and how to effectively interview volunteers.  

>> Register here.

Navigating Professional Boundaries

When: Wednesday 21 August 2019
Where: Melbourne Multicultural Hub
Time: 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Cost: Member $175; Non-Member $230

This tool provides volunteer involving organisations and volunteer managers with an easy-to-use resource to work towards meeting the National standards of Volunteer Involvement. Join us for the demonstration!

>> Register here.

National Standards of Volunteer Involvement 

When: Wednesday 4 September  
Where: Melbourne Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth St 
Time: 9:30 am – 1:00 pm 
Cost: Member $150; Non-Member $180 

This interactive session looks at all of the challenges inherent with navigating professional boundaries as a volunteer manager in the modern era. Should you accept facebook friend requests? Attend volunteer significant birthdays? How to intervene if a volunteer crosses a line with another staff member? 

This workshop discusses the infrastructure needed to support you in navigating professional boundaries, and how develop strong relationships with your team.  

>> Register here.

The Tuff Stuff- Volunteer Performance Counselling

When: Tuesday 8 October 2019
Where: Melbourne Multicultural Hub
Time: 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Cost: Member $175; Non-Member $230
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.

>> Register here.

Volunteers and the Law

When: Tuesday 12 November
Where: Melbourne Meat Market
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.
Topic: Influencing UP
Speaker: Ang Cuy (YMCA) and Tracey O'Neill (Austin Health)
When: Thursday 9 May at 2:00 – 3:00 pm 

In this webinar Sara Sterling talks to Ang Cuy (YMCA) and Tracey O'Neill (Austin Health) about how they have worked to advocate for volunteer programs across their careers.

>> Register here.
Topic: National Standards for Volunteer Involvement Online Self-Assessment Tool – Demonstration 
Speaker: Ang Cuy & Tracey O'Neill
When: Thursday 30 May 2019 at 2:00 - 3:00 pm

This tool provides volunteer involving organisations and volunteer managers with an easy-to-use resource to work towards meeting the National standards of Volunteer Involvement. Join us for the demonstration!

>> Register here.

Got ideas for a webinar that you’d like to present but we haven’t run yet? Contact Sara Sterling on

>> Listen to past webinars

Leadership in Volunteering

When:  Tuesday 30 April 2:30- 4:00 pm
Venue: City of Melbourne
Cost: Free (Member only RSVP essential)
Topic: Volunteering Victoria Strategic Projects
Presenter: Sara Sterling Volunteering Victoria
Inclusive Volunteering

When:  Thursday 27 June 9:30- 11:00 am
Cost: Free (Member only RSVP essential)
Topic: Engaging with Multicultural Volunteers
Presenter: Nikolaus Rittinghausen
Employee Volunteering

When:  Wednesday 17 April 2:30- 4:00 pm
Venue: RACV
Cost: Free (Member only RSVP essential)
Topic: The Good group: Employee Engagement Initiative by RACV

Presenter: Rory Sackville
>> For more information or to RSVP, please contact Sara Sterling, Sector Development Manager at or 8327 8509
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
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