Your April Sector News Update from Volunteering Victoria

Maybe you've heard the quote "Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.."? It's a great reminder when in the daily bustle of commuting, deadlines and due dates that get in our way, that it's our teams that make the outcomes so rewarding.. So this month, I hope you will recognise with me some of the exceptional work being delivered by your team at Volunteering Victoria.

From Helen and Sasha leading your conference experience, Marielle and Taylor leading the development of our new website, Hazel and Sara offering you first-class training across the State and Camellia and Lisa ensuring the quality of your digital and membership experience with us, this team is #MakingItHappen
So as you take the time to read this excellent edition of Volunteering Matters, here is our thanks for the work you are doing to make volunteering in Victoria as meaningful as possible.

Scott Miller
Chief Executive
Invitation: National Volunteer Week Forum
Theme: Leaving No-One Behind: Building Communities in a Changing Environment
When: Wednesday 22 May from 9:00 am registration and starting at 9:30 am – 12:30 pm 
Where: Melbourne Town Hall, Swanston Room.
Cost: Members FREE / Non-Members $70
Panel Discussion
Following Professor Paul Smyth's keynote address, 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 here.
>> Find out more here.

>> Click here for NVW2019 resources
SAVE $100 and register now before early bird tickets close on Tuesday 30 April. 
* Attending with a group?  Register 5 delegates with our group ticket purchase option and get one FREE registration.
State Conference Update: Panel Discussions

Day 1 - Thursday 20 June 
Topic: The Art of Leading Volunteers: Energising, Enhancing, Connecting
Moderator: Josephine Cafagna
Panelist: Richard Dent, CEO Leadership Victoria; Vivienne Cunningham-Smith, CEO Eastern Volunteer; Hang Vo, CEO Whitelion

Learning outcome: the discussion aims to expose the audience to a panel of experts with useful insights, fresh thinking and unique perspectives on volunteer leadership. 

Day 2 - Friday 21 June 
Topic: The Future Ain’t What it Used to Be
Moderator: Clive Dwyer from Committee for Melbourne
Panelist: Scott Chapman, CEO from Royal Flying Doctor Service Victoria 
Penny Harrison, Director – Volunteering, Australian Red Cross
Dan Evans, Deputy MD of IPSOS

Learning outcome: the discussion aims to expose the audience to what volunteer leadership and management will look like in the future, how organisations are adapting to change and what volunteer managers and leaders should be doing now to prepare. 

>> Buy early bird tickets here.
>> Read full program here.
>> Find out more about other speakers here.
Victoria ALIVE: Forum Success!
Victoria ALIVE, in collaboration with Eastern Volunteers, held its first community forum in the Eastern Metro region on Thursday 28th March at the Box Hill Town Hall. 70 representatives from volunteer organisations across the Eastern region came together to discuss the challenges and benefits of disability inclusion in volunteering. 

Attendees heard from people with disability about their experience of volunteering, followed by an opportunity to discuss the issues organisations experience in creating inclusive volunteer positions. High Street Bells Choir, an all abilities choir, provided an uplifting performance during morning tea.

Up-coming forums:
  • Cobram & surrounds: Thursday 2nd May
  • Geelong: Thursday 30th May (TBC)
  • Western Metro Region: Tuesday 9th July
  • Gippsland: TBC
>> Click here to find out more.
Registrations below for Webinars #3 and #4.
Topic: Managing Volunteers Remotely
Speakers: Leesa Riley & Hazel Maynard 
When: Thursday 4 April 2:00 - 3:00 pm
About: 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.

>> Register here.
Topic: Influencing Up
Speakers: Tracey O’Neill & Ang Cuy
When: Thursday 9 May 2:00 - 3:00 pm
About: Getting buy in from senior leadership to support your volunteer program can be a tough ask. In 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. 

>> Register here.
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.
Book Review: Measuring the Impact of Volunteers

Volunteering Victoria Book Reviewer Brian Tran has reviewed his first book for us, and possibly one you should add to your reading list!

Mission. Purpose. Strategy. And, Action. These are the pillars by which not-for-profits, social enterprises and volunteering bodies alike exist. Unfortunately, articulating the impact of volunteers is sometimes not so simple or clear cut.

Inspired by the concepts of the ‘balanced scorecard’ performance measurement tool, the authors identified common elements in volunteer management across a wide range of organisations, adapting the model to make it meaningful to the volunteer sector. What culminated was the Volunteer Resources Balanced Scorecard...

>>  Read Brian's full book review here.
Event: 2019 Victorian Disability Awards

The Victorian Disability Awards honour the contributions of Victorians who support, lead, educate and advocate for people with disability. The Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of individuals, teams and organisations that increase the rights and participation of people with disability.

Nominations close on Sunday, 14 April 2019.

>> Nominate here.
>> Find out more here.
Report: Strengthening Seniors Inclusion and Participation (SSIP) in Local Communities

The Strengthening Seniors Inclusion and Participation in local communities (SSIP) initiative was commissioned as a place-based program response to the 2016 report by the Commissioner for Senior Victorians: Ageing is everyone’s business – a report on isolation and loneliness among senior Victorians, which identified social isolation and loneliness as an emerging public health and well-being policy issue. 

>> Read full report here.

Report: Impact of the Third Sector as Social Innovation
What is the impact of the third sector on social innovation?

The following report narrow down this broad question to the impact of third sector activities by individual participants. Volunteers play an important role in producing social innovation. The report focuses on the potentially beneficial effects of participating in third sector activities for the volunteer him/herself

>>  Read full report here.
VV Membership: Join Now 

Volunteering Victoria membership provides an avenue through which our members can be involved, keep learning and build networks.

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 April, we warmly welcomed the following new members.  Thank you all for joining team Volunteering Victoria and assisting us to strengthen our communities through volunteerism.  

>> Verify if your membership is up-to date here.

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