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It has been a tough couple of weeks for Victorians with the state entering its fifth lockdown since the start of the pandemic last year. Our thoughts are with communities impacted by these recent events.

We have been working diligently with Volunteering Australia and other S/T peak bodies and volunteer resource centers to plan the re-design and implementation of the new Volunteer Management Activity (VMA). Starting from 1 July, changes to the funding arrangements for the new VMA have commenced with S/T peak bodies. To help answer some of the sector’s concerns/questions, we have developed a FAQ document addressing some of the questions that have come up so far. 

Finally, it is also with sadness that I share with you the resignation of Dominic Szeker, Policy & Advocacy Lead from Volunteering Victoria. Dominic's work has transformed our policy and advocacy space from back-of-house to front and centre pride. Dominic's absence will be significant given his institutional knowledge and purview of the sector’s policy and advocacy needs. We wish him all the best of luck in his future endeavors.

Scott Miller
Chief Executive

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national student volunteer week (NSVW)

National Student Volunteer Week (NSVW) is coming up from 9-15 August. We encourage everyone to participate in this year’s celebrations (safely!) and to give students a chance to explore the benefits of volunteering. NSVW gives students the opportunity to lead others in connecting to their communities and offering kindness and support.

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advocacy special interest group

Join us for our up-coming advocacy SIG with speaker Denis Moriarty, Group Managing Director of Our Community. This is a member-only event.

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victorian disability sport and recreation awards

These awards celebrate the achievements of individuals and organizations across Victoria that have made a large impact on the disability sport and recreation sector.

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putting traditional place names on mailing addresses makes big impact on Indigenous communities
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Richard Brown grew up with little connection to his Indigenous roots apart from his mother and his traditional name, Kartammeru, which means firstborn son. Then in his teenage years, he ran into a few cousins at a party. That unexpected meeting introduced him to a vast Kaurna and Narungga family circle in South Australia. 

“I began making regular trips from Victoria to South Australia to see my elders, and each time I’d return with a migraine from the information overload,” says Richard. “I was born and raised in Victoria but I feel at home in South Australia. My mob, my people and my ancestors are there. That's what it means to have connection with the land and country.”

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closure of volunteer gifts australia 
For the past 5 1/2 years, Volunteer Gifts Australia has successfully filled a niche in the Australian market, in supplying volunteer recognition gifts for volunteers.

Volunteering Victorria thanks Gayle Osmond, owner of Volunteer Gifts Australia for their support to the sector in providing high quality, volunteer-specific gifts and their efforts in advocating for the volunteering.
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