Your December Sector News Update from Volunteering Victoria

Happy International Day! This year, International Volunteer Day (IVD) highlights volunteers contributing to inclusion, and Sustainable Development Goal 10, reducing inequality within and among countries.

"By empowering people to act, and by increasing interactions between groups, volunteering can promote recognition of the inherent value of all people regardless of gender, age, ethnic background, disability or sexuality. Volunteerism is universal and, when accessible to everyone, can become a powerful equalizer. -Olivier Adam, UNV Executive Coordinator"

Every day, an estimated one billion volunteers make a difference to the people and communities where they live and work. Together, we create social bonds and give a voice to marginalized and vulnerable groups. Together, we achieve more.
So thank you, for your engagement, energy and effort this year. We feel very privileged to be here to support you to support others dedicate their time, skills and passion to make the world a better place.

Scott Miller
Chief Executive
State Government Advocacy Research Project: The Results Are Out!
Thank you to our members who took the time to complete our State Government Advocacy Research survey. We appreciate your feedback.

As part of Volunteering Victoria’s sector advocacy role, we recently surveyed members on their engagement with government and their capacity to do so effectively.

The Government of Victoria is aware of and expressly recognises the value and importance of volunteers, as demonstrated by the “Priorities for Strengthening Volunteering in Victoria” initiative which is underway. However, many volunteer organisations are unable to effectively or adequately engage with or advocate for funding for their organisation’s volunteer involvement.

>> View more about our Advocacy work here

State Awards 2019: Congratulations to Our Winners!
Congratulations to the 9 winners at the 2019 State Awards on Wednesday 20 December.
  • Innovation: Golden Square Pool & Country Fire Authority (CFA)
  • Excellence: Court Network
  • Collaboration for Community Impact: Campaspe Primary Care Partnership 
  • Employee Volunteering Program: St Kilda Mums & ORIMA Research
  • Local Government: Knox City Council
  • Excellence in Grassroots Organisation: Mercy Connect
  • Inclusion: Melbourne Writers Festival
>> Read about our winners and view photos here
Governance Update
Congratulations to Bronwen Clark, who has taken over the role of Chairperson from Angela Seach. Michael Wilson has become the Deputy Chairperson.

We would like to thank Angela Search for her considerable contribution as Chair. Fortunately for us, Angela remains on the board of Volunteering Victoria.

>> Find out about our team here
Event: Happy #IVD2019!
Today marks International Volunteer Day (IVD), celebrating the theme of “Volunteer for an Inclusive Future”.

This year IVD highlights volunteers contributing to inclusion, and Sustainable Development Goal 10, reducing inequality within and among countries. 

IVD is a day of celebration for volunteers to be acknowledged for their action and their value, and to promote their contribution locally and globally. 

>> Find out how you can celebrate
Event: Program & Keynote Announced

Keynote: Samuel Johnson

The program for the National Volunteering Conference 2020 in Perth is now available and features a variety of sessions with speakers from the UK, Australia and New Zealand addressing the Conference themes of Diversity, Power, Purpose.

>> Find out more here

Survey: Pre- Budget Submission
Volunteering Australia regularly provides pre-budget submissions to the Australian Government and advocates for improved support for the volunteering sector across Australia.

This short survey is part of Volunteering Australia’s consultation with our State and Territory volunteering peak partners, members and other stakeholders for the forthcoming Pre-Budget 2020-21 Submission.

Survey closes 9AM Monday 9 December 2019.

>> Take survey here
Resource: Find Environmental Volunteering Opportunities
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DWELP) is making it easy for you to find get involved in environmental volunteering through local groups. 

>> Click here to view the interactive map
Resource: Technology Works!
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

Research: Volunteers Don't Come for Free

Australia’s volunteers in the disability sector and the organisations that support their contribution rely on appropriate funding and support.

These services need funding for basic infrastructure to effectively match volunteers with people with disabilities and their families in ways that best harness their skills.

>> Read full research here

Resource: Measure Your Impact
By building the capacity of the sector we can develop a common language, empower small to medium organisations, and take the anxiety and expense out of mastering the practice of evaluation.

Use this toolbox to map to standardised frameworks, including the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

>> Learn more here
Research: Valuing Volunteers
The Valuing Volunteers Study aims to provide a better understanding of the primary motives for formal volunteering in Australian emergency services, and the broader contemporary influences on such important civic participation.

The research aims to generate evidence-based outputs that inform policies and practices, with the ultimate goal of maximising the retention of emergency service volunteers.

>> Read full research here
Article: Five Strategies to Shut Down Volunteer Conflict
We want to better the world and the lives of others through our work. And, for the vast majority of participants, that is accurate.

But then there are those few volunteers whose behavior is problematic, who don't seem to get along with others, who seem to provide feedback in an inflammatory or negative manner.

>> Find out how you can manage volunteers more effectively 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:
Individual members:
  • Tracie Wilson
  • Zoe Peltekis
Full members:
>> 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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