Your September Sector News Update from Volunteering Victoria

Welcome to spring! How lovely it is to see the days getting longer, and the thought of BBQs and beaches just around the corner.

CPD: We have been very inspired by the reasons people have provided for participating in our inaugural CPD program. We share your feelings for greater respect and recognition in your work, and look forward to supporting you to achieve these goals. If you are yet to join this year, do hurry as we will not be accepting registrations after 30 September 2019.

AGM Forum: Complementing our fine line-up of panel speakers, we are so happy to have Felicity Green moderating this session, and to also now have internationally respected author and speaker Ian Chambers provide the opening address to help set the context for this discussion. We can't wait to host you for this event.
Awards: Our sincere thanks to the many people who took the time to nominate excellence in their organisation. The judges will have a very tough time deciding winners this year. Good-luck to all nominees.

Scott Miller
Chief Executive
SDG Panel Discussion (+AGM): Speakers Announced 
Date: Wednesday 16 October 2019  
Time: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm. 
Where:The Hall, NAB 700 Bourke St Docklands 
Cost: Member FREE; Non- Member $50
CPD Points: 1

Keynote SpeakerIan Chambers, Author & Program Director of Plan for the Planet
Panel Discussion with Q&A: The SDGs & Me: An exploration of Australia's commitment to the SDGs and their influence on a volunteer manager’s everyday work.
Moderator: Felicity Green - Spark Strategy  >> View program of the day
>> Register now
Victoria ALIVE Launched Social Media Campaign: #WeAreAble

People with disability contribute in many ways to our communities through volunteering but there are still barriers to tear down.

Through September & October, Victoria ALIVE's social media campaign, #WeAreAble will put inclusive volunteering for people of all abilities at the top of the agenda in Victoria.

>> Follow Victoria ALIVE on socials. Use your voice to help spread the message. Facebook | Twitter | LinkedInInstagram | YouTube | Website

Article: The Dark Side of 'Voluntourism'

"Most people mean well, so 'voluntourists' are … choosing holidays or holiday packages and they want an element of doing good in it, and orphanages seem to have been one of the things that attracts people," Save the Children child protection expert Karen Flanagan said.

"Unscrupulous people in developing countries are seeing that opportunity and they're taking children from families or trafficking children, from poor families generally, to meet this demand."

>> Read full article here

Survey: State Volunteering Strategy
The Victorian Government has committed to develop and implement a Volunteer Strategy to support and enhance volunteerism in Victoria.

The State Government have developed two surveys to capture insights from different groups with an interest in volunteering. Both surveys will help inform the current state of volunteering in Victoria - from a community and volunteer sector perspective - and will be used to inform the development of the Volunteer Strategy.

>> Find out more here
Submission Feedback: Have Your Say
Volunteering Australia is currently seeking feedback for a submission to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. People working in aged care, currently volunteering or providing other supports and services in aged care are encouraged to make contact.

All feedback must be submitted by 10 September 2019

>> Send your feedback to or 02 6251 4060 
Technology: Recruiting Volunteers E-Learning Module
This 30 minute module will help you feel confident to fairly and safely recruit the volunteers you need to support your organisation. 

>> Start course here
Resource: Volunteer Convertibility Calculator & The Recruitability Tool

These tools, the Volunteer Convertibility Calculator and the The Recruitability Tool were developed as part of a three-year study funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC) titled, "Creating and Sustaining a Strong Future for Volunteering in Australia" 

The tool is intended to complement the current recruitment practices of Australian volunteer-involving organisations.

>> Use the Volunteer Convertibility Calculator here
>> Use the Recruitability tool here

Research: Stepping Up or Stepping Out?
Society benefits from volunteers who form small groups, working together to build communities and promote social change. It is estimated that there are almost half a million of these ‘grassroots associations’ operating in Australia today.

This paper investigates the motivations for and barriers to the recruitment and retention of leaders.

>> Read full research here
Awards: Social Housing Volunteer Awards
Nominations for the 2019 Social Housing Volunteer Awards are now open.
Each year, the Awards are presented to social housing tenants, or groups of tenants, who have made an outstanding voluntary contribution to their community.
Nominations close Friday 30 September 2019.

>> Nominate here
Volunteering Victoria Membership
We assist you to lead, manage and support your volunteers more effectively to achieve your vision for volunteering in Victoria. By joining Volunteering Victoria and working with us, you help ensure there is a formidable, inclusive, and representative voice for volunteering.

Welcome new members this month:
Full members:
  • OC Connections
  • Fairway Bayside Aged Care
  • Mercy Works Ltd
Associate members:
  • Youth Leadership Victoria
  • Heathcote Health
Individual members:
  • Sally Boyle
  • Rose Jackson
  • Carol-lee Repia
  • Laura Bruce
>> For more information, contact Kirsten Fullarton on 03 8327 8508 or
Membership Benefits
  • Grow your networks at our member only events and connect with other volunteer professionals
  • Develop your skills by attending one of our highly regarded training workshops
  • Provide input on our policy, advocacy and research work to shape the future of volunteering   across Victoria
  • Take advantage of the 30% discounts when attending training, conferences and other events
  • Become a mentor, or receive a mentor to support your professional practice
  • Nominate or be nominated for an award at our prestigious annual State Awards
  • Share your expertise and develop your communication skills through presenting at one of our monthly webinars
  • Participate in Special Interest Groups to engage and exchange practice tips and ideas, and contribute to Volunteering Victoria’s strategic projects
  • Promote your volunteer programs through our social media and website
>> Download member benefit flyer

For more information, contact Kirsten Fullarton on 03 8327 8508 or
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