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Engage & Exchange: Your November PD Bulletin

Having just finished up as Acting CEO during Scott’s leave: this month I’m grateful for all the new opportunities that this sector brings with it. While the theme for the most recent International Volunteer Managers Day Change the Tune reflected some of the challenges that we still face in this sector, one of the things I think we excel at is developing leadership and opportunities to learn new skills.

Maybe you are running an event for the first time to thank your volunteers (event management), Maybe you are presenting to your organization about your volunteer program (communication) or maybe you are speaking up on behalf of your volunteers and programs through some organizational changes (advocacy). Either way – its been my experience that volunteer managers often put up their hands to try new things and rise to the occasion magnificently. 

This month’s Engage and Exchange has lots of information about how to extend your skills in the new year through your association with Volunteering Victoria.

Happy reading!  

Sara Sterling
Sector Development Manager

Congratulations to all the 2019 Continuous Development Program participants! You will receive more information from us shortly, including your PLV badge to add to your email signature.

Based on our pilot, the program is launched nationally with Volunteering Australia. If you are interested in participating in the program next year, register to the waiting-list below.

>> Register here

A - Z of Volunteer Management

When: Wednesday 12 February
Where: Melbourne Meat Market
Time: 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Cost: Member $250; Non-Member $330
CPD points:
2

>> Register here
When: Wednesday 6 May
Where: Melbourne Meat Market
Time: 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Cost: Member $250; Non-Member $330
CPD points:
2

>> 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

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: 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.

National Standards of Volunteer Involvement 

When: Thursday 26 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

Value 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 of 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

Certificate 4 in Coordination of Volunteer Programs

Thanks to those of you who emailed us with your interest in completing the Certificate IV in Coordination of Volunteer Programs (CHC44015) through the Centre for Volunteering and the National School of Volunteer Management [RTO code 90031]. More information will be emailed to you shortly. There is still time to express interest in enrolling in the Certificate IV in Coordination of Volunteer Programs (CHC44015).

Cost: Members $2,640; Non-Members: $3,300

About the Certificate IV:
  • 11 online units of competency and will take a year to complete
  • Participants must be volunteer managers as the course is designed to incorporate many tasks and experiences from your workforce
  • Volunteering Victoria will host monthly support sessions at our office for participants
  • Participants will be eligible for CPD points
>> Interested? Email Sara Sterling sara@volunteeringvictoria.org.au, and we will be in touch to discuss the next steps.

Training Testimonials 

We will be updating the training pages on our website in the coming weeks and are hoping to include some testimonials from those of your who have participated in and enjoyed our training courses this year.

>> If you are happy to write a testimonial for the website, please email Sara Sterling sara@volunteeringvictoria.org.au  

Applications for our mentoring program in 2020 will open in January, and information will be available on the website shortly. 

If you’ve been interested in the program, but are not sure what it involves feel free to email sara@volunteeringvictoria.org.au to talk more about what’s involved.

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
"Co-presenting the webinar “Influencing Up” was an amazing opportunity. It was fantastic to reflect on the experience I have and the expertise I have developed, and to be able to share strategies with my colleagues that I hope were valuable and practical. The work Volunteering Victoria put into ensuring we were prepared and had a structured presentation but didn’t sound rehearsed was great. Thank you Volunteering Victoria for allowing me to support the further development of the leadership of volunteers." - Tracey O'Neill, Austin Health.

Are you interested in being involved in 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.

>> Contact Sara Sterling sara@volunteeringvictoria.org.au to hear about whats involved.

Inclusive Volunteering

When: Tuesday 3 December 10:00- 11:30 am
Where: Yarra City Council
Cost: Free (Member only)
Topic: International Students and Volunteering 

Presenter: Melbourne Writers Festival
CPD points: 0.5
>> For more information or to RSVP, please contact Sara Sterling, Sector Development Manager at s.sterling@volunteeringvictoria.org.au or 8327 8509
Leadership in Volunteering 2020

When: Wednesday
 13 Feb
CPD points: 0.5
Employee Volunteering 2020

When: Tuesday 18 February

CPD points: 0.5
Inclusive Volunteering 2020

When: Tuesday 10 March

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 in the SIG ahead of time.

>> To be added to the mailing list for the Employee Volunteer, Inclusive, or Leadership SIGs, please send your interest to info@volunteeringvictoria.org.au.

 
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 kirsten@volunteeringvictoria.org.au
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