Engage & Exchange: Your February PD Bulletin

This month’s Engage and Exchange is packed with opportunities to engage and connect with fellow leaders of volunteers. Look out for:  

Mentoring program: Registrations for the  mentoring program close on 2 March. It’s a great way for both mentors and mentees to expand knowledge and networks in the sector. Get in quick to avoid disappointment!  

CPD: CPD is rolling into its second year in Victoria and launching nationwide. We are thrilled to see the response that we’ve had to date. There is still time to enroll in 2020, so hurry up and register.

We are also looking forward to the National Conference in Perth next month – we hope to see you there in person!  

Happy reading! 

Sara Sterling
Sector Development Manager

CPD is rolling into its second year and launching nationally and we couldn’t be happier! We are so glad that Victoria is leading the way in endorsing your professional development.

This year, we will have special offers for our CPD participants including free masterclasses, networking events and regular communication.

Join the CPD program:
It’s not too late to register your interest for 2020. If you are already registered as a 2019 participant, make sure you tell your colleagues to register!

Join CPD 2020 here
>> any questions/feedback? Email
Social media:
We love to see photos like the BVRC gang proudly displaying their certificates and post nominals. Send us your photos and we’ll be sure to promote them on our social media.

If you are posting about CPD on social media, or want to recognise a colleague who has completed CPD this year, please tag us on Facebook and Twitter, or LinkedIn

National Volunteering Conference: One Month to Go!

When: 18-20 March
Where: Perth, WA
>> View program here
>> Register here
Samuel Johnson
This month marked 7 years to the day since Love Your Sister the charity Samuel and his sister created to raise awareness of cancer, was born. Join Samuel as he talks about his journey to seek support for personalised treatment for Cancer patients and how his "purpose" is stronger than ever.
Rob MacMillan 
Robert has 20 years' experience researching aspects of the voluntary and community sectors and brings a breadth of knowledge. He will discuss the dilemmas in organising support for the voluntary sector and how challenges facing peak bodies will impact on their members and VIO's.

A - Z of Volunteer Management

When: Wednesday 6 May
Where: Melbourne Meat Market
Time: 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Cost: Member $250; Non-Member $330
CPD points:

>> Register here
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. It is designed specifically for those new to the role or leaders wanting to check that their program is on the right track.

3Rs: Recruitment Reward and Recognition

When: Wednesday 26 February
Where: Melbourne Multicultural Hub
Time: 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Cost: Member $175; Non-Member $230
CPD points: 2

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

The Tuff Stuff - Volunteer Performance Counselling

When: Wednesday 4 March
Where: Melbourne Multicultural Hub
Time: 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Cost: Member $175; Non-Member $230
CPD points: 2

>> Register here
When: Wednesday 10 June
Where: Melbourne Multicultural Hub
Time: 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Cost: Member $175; Non-Member $230
CPD points: 2

>> Register here
While managing volunteers is usually a rewarding task, there can be challenges in volunteer management and performance counselling is a major challenge for many of us.
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.

National Standards for Volunteer Involvement 

When: Wednesday 25 March
Where: Melbourne Multicultural Hub
Time: 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Cost: Member $150; Non-Member $180
CPD points: 2

The National Standards for Volunteer Involvement (2015) are Australia’s best practice roadmap for volunteering. This workshop will introduce managers of volunteers to the framework and explore ways that it can be implemented to suit your program’s needs. Participants will be introduced to a tool that will facilitate a self-audit against the standards and receive a copy of the Implementing the National Standards Guide and Workbook upon completion. 

>> Register here

Values-Based Leadership

When: Wednesday 15 April
Where: Melbourne Multicultural Hub
Time: 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Cost: Member $175; Non-Member $230
CPD points: 2

Well-developed and defined organisational values can be a powerful recruitment and retention tool for volunteers. By guiding decision making and behaviour, values can be one of the most important tools for volunteer managers. This session explores how greater understanding of personal and professional values can enhance your skills as a volunteer manager. 

>> Register here

Building an Inclusive Volunteer Program

When: Wednesday 13 May
Where: Melbourne Multicultural Hub
Time: 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Cost: Member $175; Non-Member $230
CPD points: 2

We all aim to have diversity in our volunteer programs, but developing and maintaining a truly inclusive volunteer program can be challenging. This session builds on lessons, resources and tools from the Victoria ALIVE project about how to ensure your volunteer program is truly inclusive. 

>> Register here

Coaching Volunteers Through Organisational Change

When: Wednesday 3 June
Where: Melbourne Multicultural Hub
Time: 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Cost: Member $175; Non-Member $230
CPD points: 2

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 for Volunteer Involvement.

>> Register here

Volunteers and the Law

When: Wednesday 17 June
Where: Melbourne Meat Market
Time: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Cost: Member $270; Non-Member $350
CPD points: 2

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

Applications for our mentoring program are open!  Application forms and a new skills audit to assist us with matching are now online.

Why join the mentoring program in 2020?

  • Increase your networks in the sector
  • A great way to become more involved with Volunteering Victoria
  • Earn CPD points
If you’re interested in the mentoring program, but aren't sure what it involves, feel free to email with any questions/comments.

>> Find out how to apply here
On-demand webinar: 
Topic: Spontaneous Emergency Volunteer Management in the context of the national bushfire crisis
SpeakerDr Blythe McLennan

>> Listen here
Topic: Involving International Students in Your Volunteer Program
Speakers: Emma Last (Study Melbourne), Iain Finlayson (Melbourne Writers Festival) & Susan McLaine (State Library of Victoria)
When: Thursday 5 March at 2:00 - 3:00 pm
CPD points: 0.5

>> Register here
Topic: Skilled Volunteer Involvement 101
Speakers: Madeline Townsend (Beyond Zero), Laura Lynch (Boroondara Volunteer Resource Centre)
When: Thursday 2 April at 2:00 - 3:00 pm
CPD points: 0.5

>> Register here
Topic: Employee Volunteering - How to Engage Corporate Organisations Successfully 
Speakers: Paul Chew (ANZ), Rory Sackville (RACV)
When: Thursday 7 May at 2:00 - 3:00 pm
CPD points: 0.5

>> Register here

Get Involved

Are you interested in being part of the Volunteering Victoria’s webinar program for 2020? Is there an aspect of volunteer management that you feel passionate about and you have experience you would like to share with your peers? Our webinar program is a great way to do so.
"The whole process was really well planned and supported by the amazing team at VV. If you’re thinking about taking part - throw your hat in the ring! Your colleagues in the sector would love to hear your thoughts, insights, and learnings, and this is a great way to do it!" - Ang Cuy, YMCA
>> Contact Sara Sterling to get involved
>> Listen to past webinars here
Volunteering networks provide an opportunity for Volunteer Managers to share information and resources, discuss issues of common interest, access professional development, and to make new connections and collaborate on projects and activities. The meetings are held quarterly and open to members of Volunteering Victoria. New members are welcome.
Employee Volunteering 2020
When: Thursday 20 February, 8:30am - 10am
Where: RACV
Cost: FREE (Member only RSVP essential)
Topic: Spontaneous Emergency Employee Volunteering
CPD points: 0.5
Inclusive Volunteering 2020
When: Tuesday 10 March
Where: State Library
Cost: FREE (Member only RSVP essential)
Topic: Learnings from the Victoria ALIVE project
CPD points: 0.5
SIG meeting invitations get sent out 3 weeks prior to meetings to people who have registered their interest in being involved ahead of time.

>> For more information/ to RSVP, contact Sara Sterling, Sector Development Manager or 03 8327 8509
>> To be added to the mailing list for the Employee Volunteer, Inclusive, or Leadership SIGs, send your interest to

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 us on 03 8327 8500 or
Volunteering Victoria: Your state peak body for more effective volunteering

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