Engage and Exchange Newsletter
Welcome to the March edition of Engage and Exchange. We’ve had some big opportunities for engagement this month with the call for speakers at the State Conference. Mentoring applications also closed, and I’m proud to say this year’s cohort will be the biggest yet!  

We are also pleased to be having Professor Paul Smyth give a keynote address for our National Volunteer Week event – details below.  

We’re into planning for the next half of the year’s training workshops so expect a release, as well as some regional dates soon! 

Sara Sterling
Sector Development Manager
State Conference 2019 - Meet the Speakers and Presenters
When: 20 – 21 June 2019
Where: Pullman on the Park, Melbourne

The program for this year’s Volunteering Victoria State Conference is growing with some exciting new names and sessions added to the agenda!
There are eight 90 minute workshops to choose from during concurrent breakout sessions, with the following workshops and presenters just been confirmed:

  1. Work-life Transition Tactics: From Interference to Integration - Dr Sarah Cotton
  2. The Future of Technology, Volunteering and Volunteer Management - Andy Fryar
  3. Leading with Story: Creating Happier, Smarter and More Connected Organisations - Moya Sayer-Jones
  4. Volunteering and the Law: Your Hot Topics Answered - Justice Connect
>> Buy your conference tickets here.
>> Read more about the program here.
National Volunteer Week Forum: Speaker and Theme Announced
When: Wednesday 22 May 2019 at 9:00 am - 12:00 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

In this keynote address, Professor Paul Smyth will talk about the history of volunteer effort in Australia, by pointing out the critical role of civil society and volunteers in community building and active citizenship. He will address how changes in social policy and changes in the role of government have affected civil society and how to harness volunteer effort in this changing environment.

Panellists to discuss the theme will be announced shortly!  

>> Register to attend here.
>> Find out more here.

Disability Community Forum: Eastern Metro
When: Thursday 28 March from 9:30 am - 2:00 pm
Where: Boxhill Townhall.
Speakers: Vivienne Cunningham-SmithPam Kennedy Nicola Farray
Theme: Leaving No-One Behind: Building Communities in a Changing Environment
Cost: FREE

1 in 5 people in Australia have a form of disability. While many people with a disability already give back to their communities through volunteering, some organisations feel unprepared to recruit and meaningfully involve volunteers with a disability.

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.

Volunteers and the Law

When: Tuesday 26 March
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.

The Tuff Stuff- Volunteer Performance Counselling

When: Wednesday 3 April 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.

Coaching Volunteers through Organisational Change

When: Thursday 2 May 2019
Where: Melbourne Multicultural Hub
Time: 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Cost: Member $175 Non Member $230

Change is constant in the not-for-profit world as organisations adapt to different funding models, reporting and technology. 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.
We have had an overwhelming number of applications this year and are headed into what will be Volunteering Victoria’s largest ever mentoring program.

Stay tuned for what the cohort are up to this year. The program will kick off officially on the 25th of March.   

>> Find out about the program here.
>> Read what mentees & mentors are saying here.

Topic: Managing Volunteers Remotely
Speaker: Leesa Riley & Hazel Maynard 
When: Thursday 4 April 2019 at 2:00 - 3:00 pm

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 around managing volunteers remotely.

>> Register here.
Topic: Influencing Up
Speaker: Ang Cuy & Tracey O'Neill
When: Thursday 9 May 2019 at 2:00 - 3:00 pm

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

>> 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 26 February 2:30- 4:00 pm
Venue: Zoo Corporate Office, Parkville
Cost: Free (Member only RSVP essential)
Topic: Reinvigorating volunteering across a diverse set of business areas
Presenter: Sasha Earle from Brotherhood of St Laurence. 
Inclusive Volunteering

When:  Thursday 14 March 10:00- 11:30 am
Venue: Thorn Harbour Health, Melbourne
Cost: Free (Member only RSVP essential)
Topic: LGBTQI Inclusivity in Volunteering
Presenter: Daniel Bryen 
Employee Volunteering

When:  Wednesday 17 April 2:30- 4:00 pm
Venue: RACV
Cost: Free (Member only RSVP essential)
Topic: Employee engagement at 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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