Engage & Exchange Newsletter - July

Its July which, along with the cold and rain, means planning and budgeting for a lot of organisations along with a new financial year. What are your professional development goals for the coming year? Did you have any ‘ah ha’ moments at the conference? The range of workshop dates below, and particularly the Victoria Alive training workshop are great opportunities to continue expanding your professional skills.  

Are your goals around influencing your broader organisation around volunteer management? Consider whether your organization could benefit from in- house tailored training (we will come to you!) and feel free to contact me with any questions.  

Additionally, remember that State award nominations will close on 30 August. Learn more here and consider nominating your program today!  

And most importantly stay warm and dry! Happy reading.  

Sara Sterling
Sector Development Manager

Save the Date: AGM Forum

When: Wednesday 16 October 2019  from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Where:The Hall, NAB 700 Bourke St Docklands 
Cost: Member free; Non- Member $70 
Topic: Sustainable Development Goals

>> More details coming soon

Disability Community Training
Theme: Disability Inclusion in Volunteering: Creating Meaningful Opportunities in our Organisations for Volunteers with a Disability 
When: Tuesday 20 August from 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm 
Where: Latrobe Community Health Service
FacilitatorPam Kennedy
Cost: FREE 

The forum has been developed to engage volunteer-involving organisations in the Gippsland region and surrounding areas, in an active process of identifying and understanding the issues impacting on disability inclusive volunteer co-ordination and management at a local level. 
>> Register here
>> Find out more about Victoria ALIVE here

Topic: Disability Inclusion - Volunteering Management Training
When: Friday 30 August from 9:30 am - 3:00pm
Where: Marvel Stadium, Quill Room
Cost: FREE

This one-off training session will to build your basic theoretical understanding and practical skills to support a more inclusive and organisation for people with disability. 

Through this event you will be given an introduction to “Disability Inclusion in Volunteering” micro-credentials developed by Connara Community House and a training workshop by Volunteer Victoria in inclusive volunteer management practices. 

>> Register here

*Limited spaces available
*Morning tea & lunch provided

A - Z of Volunteer Management (2 sessions)

When: Wednesday 24 July & Tuesday 29 October 
Where: Our Community House
Time: 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Cost: Member $250; Non-Member $330

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

>> July- Register here
>> October - Register here

3Rs Recruitment Reward and Recognition 

When: Wednesday 7 August
Where: Melbourne Multicultural Hub
Time: 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Cost: Member $175; Non-Member $230

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.

Volunteer Screening Deconstructed 

When: Tuesday 13 August 
Where: Melbourne Multicultural Hub
Time: 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Cost: Member $175; Non-Member $230

This new interactive session looks at the elements of volunteer screening and how to implement them in a way that protects your oganisation from risk but doesnt leave you tied up in red tape. 

Its the perfect workshop for those looking to understand the difference between a police check, a working with childrens check, and how to effectively interview volunteers.  

>> Register here.

Navigating Professional Boundaries

When: Wednesday 21 August 
Where: Melbourne Multicultural Hub
Time: 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Cost: Member $175; Non-Member $230

This tool provides volunteer involving organisations and volunteer managers with an easy-to-use resource to work towards meeting the National standards of Volunteer Involvement. Join us for the demonstration!

>> Register here.

National Standards of Volunteer Involvement 

When: Wednesday 4 September  
Where: Melbourne Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth St 
Time: 9:30 am – 1:00 pm 
Cost: Member $150; Non-Member $180 

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.

Risk Management and Insurance with VMIA Insurance

When: Wednesday 11 September 
Time: 10:30 am – 2:30 pm
Cost: FREE (Priority given to VV members covered by VMIA insurance) 

Volunteering Victoria and VMIA insurance are pleased to be bringing you a workshop on Risk management and Insurance. this interactive workshop covers the basics of risk management principles and provides you with a more detailed understanding of VMIA insurance covers and how they apply to your organisation. 

>> Register here.

The Tuff Stuff- Volunteer Performance Counselling

When: Tuesday 8 October 
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.

Volunteers and the Law

When: Tuesday 12 November
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.
Topic: Involving Younger Volunteers
Presenter: Sam Champion (YACVIC) & Rebecca Hudson of (RSPCA)
When: Thursday 8 August 2019 at 2:00 - 3:00 pm

In this webinar our Sector Development Manager Sara Sterling talks to Sam Champion of YACVIC and Rebecca Hudson of RSPCA a about the benefits and considerations of involving younger volunteers. During this webinar we'll also hear directly from young volunteer Angelica Mantikas about what she gets out of volunteering, and what she looks for in organisations to get involved.

>> Register here.
Topic: Managing Event Volunteers
Speakers: Emma Short (Heart Foundation) & Amberlie Jane (Oxfam Trailwalker)
When: Thursday 5 September 2019 at 2:00 - 3:00 pm

In this webinar our Sector Development Manager Sara Sterling talks to Amberlie Jane from Oxfam and Emma Short from the Heart Foundation about their experience managing event volunteers and how this differs from managing volunteers in an ongoing program.  

>> 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 here.

Employee Volunteering

When: Thursday 18 July 2:30- 4:00 pm
Venue: Ardoch Youth Foundation
Cost: Free (Member only RSVP essential)
Topic: Measuring the Success of your Employee Volunteering Program
Presenter: Sara Sterling (Volunteering Victoria)
Leadership in Volunteering

When: Tuesday 23 July 2:30- 4:00 pm
Venue: Public Records Office
Cost: Free (Member only RSVP essential)
Topic: Guiding your Team through a Restructure – Lessons from the Salvation Army
Presenter: Penny Aquino from the Salvation Army.
>> 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 Kirsten Fullarton our office on 03 8327 8508 or
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