Your October Sector News Update from Volunteering Victoria

This month's newsletter is a smorgasbord of research, reports, guides and engagements to make sure you are able to maximize your theory of change. Highlights for me this month: 

CPD: We are delighted to share with you Parliamentary Secretary for Volunteers, Anthony Carbines' MP message on behalf of the Victorian Government on our CPD program. As registrations are now closed for 2019, we look forward to supporting the >70 people who have invested in this important program to achieve the recognition (and post-nominal) they deserve for their professional development this year. 

AGM + Forum: Over 100 people will join us in two weeks time to celebrate our year and hear from a stellar line-up of speakers on the SDGs and Me. It is not too late to register, so do join us if you are available on the morning of 16 October.
Thank you: We are entirely grateful to our members that have recently renewed or become members. There is no better reciprocity than that of membership where we both benefit, and subsequently, we have more resilient communities and empowered, active people through meaningful volunteering. Thank you.

Scott Miller
Chief Executive
SDG Panel Discussion (+AGM): 2 Weeks to Go! 
Date: Wednesday 16 October 2019  
Time: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm. 
*Registrations from 9:00 am

Where:The Hall, NAB 700 Bourke St Docklands 
Cost: Member FREE; Non- Member $50
CPD Points: 1

Keynote Speaker: Ian 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.

This year, our panel will discuss the broader political and social landscape of volunteering guided by the SDG's and how they relate to volunteer managers' and coordinators' volunteer programs. 

>> View speakers and program of the day here
>> Register now
CPD: Support from Anthony Carbines MP
We were delighted that on behalf of the Victorian Government, Parliamentary Secretary for Volunteers, Anthony Carbines MP has endorsed our CPD program with this clear message of support.

As a member of Volunteering Victoria, you understand the value of life-long learning and professional development. The CPD Program for Professional Leaders of Volunteers is a formal avenue to improve your knowledge, skills and future employability through accreditation.

Applications are now closed for our 2019 CPD program. For people who want to join our 2020 CPD program, we are now accepting a wait-listFind out more here
Victoria ALIVE: Resources Developed
As we approach the end of the Victoria ALIVE project, it's only natural to feel forlorn when something exciting comes to an end. Regardless, it is important to remember that together, we have successfully engaged with hundreds of community members and volunteer involving organizations to actively involve more people with disability in volunteering. What a journey!
Resources developed:
Micro credentials
Previous event photos
Previous event videos

Event wrap-ups
Social media campaign
Campaign videos
External links
In the coming weeks, we will be publishing the final report on the Victoria ALIVE website. After the project ends, the website will remain active as a central resource space for all your inclusive volunteering needs.
State Awards 2019: Shortlisting Completed
Keynote speaker: Kylee Bates, IAVE World President
*Invite-only event.

Thank you to everyone who has submitted an award nomination for 2019 State Awards. The judging process has just been completed with some very intense deliberations. The quality has been outstanding, and we wish all the nominees the very best of luck!
Report: TAS State of Volunteering 2019
In 2019, volunteering Tasmania conducted research that included statewide survey of 718 Tasmanian, including 209 Tasmanian volunteer-involving organisations. A return-on-investment analysis was performed to determine the value of volunteering in Tasmania. The 2019 data was then compared to a similar 2014 research study.
For the first time, data across time can be analysed to see the trends and value of volunteering in Tasmania. This report gives a snapshot of the findings and highlights from the 2019 research.

>> Read the full report here
Report: Young People Volunteering: Removing the Barriers

In 2018, the Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) undertook the Growing up in Queensland project. The project engaged more than 7,000 Queensland children and young people, aged four to 18 years, to hear their thoughts, views and opinions about their community, hopes and dreams and the issues most important to them.

>> Read full report 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
Article: Searches for Volunteering Increased by 124%
Volunteering is not a new concept, for years people have been giving up their spare time to help other people and causes in need. But, over the past year, we’ve noticed a significant rise in people searching for local volunteering opportunities — could we becoming more inclined to work for free? 

>> Read full article here
Resource: Volunteer Management Handbook

Perennial favourite Rob Jackson and colleagues have updated their very successful Volunteer Management Handbook.

Engaging people, giving them a great experience and balancing the needs of your organisation is an essential skill. These are the key strategic issues covered in this comprehensive guide for recruiting, selecting, involving and rewarding volunteers effectively.

>> Find out more here

Research: Interchange + Melbourne University
Interchange has completed an urgent investigation into volunteering in disability services through the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

This important report calls on Governments at local, state and federal levels to take urgent and decisive action to fund and support volunteer-supported programs that provide critical support to people with a disability their families and carers.

>> Read full report here
Webinar: #GivingTuesday
GivingTuesday is a global celebration of generosity: a dedicated day of the year when people donate their time, goods, or dollars, or the power of their voice to charities, causes and community groups.

Since 2012, GivingTuesday has generated more than AU$1.25 billion globally in online donations alone, and millions of volunteer hours. Organisations don't need to come up with a reason to ask for donations on GivingTuesday, because the movement itself is a reason,

Want to find out how you can raise money for your organisation through #GivingTuesday? Register for the FREE webinar below.

>> Register for the webinar here
>> Read blog post here
Event: Change the World

Social media and digital marketing are a huge opportunity to reach people in the not-for-profit sector, without breaking the budget! 

Hear strategies, from the best in digital marketing, that are easy and time-effective to implement and targeted specifically to causes.

>> Find out more here

Event: 2019 Conference Community Transport
When: Wednesday 16 - 17 October
Where: Spring Hill Estate, Kilmore

A 2-day event where the community transport sector has an opportunity to come together to expand participants learnings, share successes, collaborate to gain tools to continue to position our organisations to be relevant and impactful, following best practice to enhance the lives of Tasmanians and Victorians.

>> Find out more here

Resource: Volunteer Management Software
VIRA is a purpose-designed volunteer management system, built from the ground up - by volunteer coordinators, for volunteer coordinators - to simplify and streamline every facet of volunteer management from recruitment and administration, to mobilisation and reporting.

>> Find out more 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:
Individual members:
  • Karina Hogan
  • Elspeth Collie
  • Nicola McKay
  • Helen Coleman
>> 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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