Your May Sector News Update from Volunteering Victoria

Australia's national week to recognise volunteer effort is just around the corner (20-26 May), so we are both excited and inspired by the effort people and organisations are putting into making this special week count. Though, like Valentines Day, we hope you take just as many other opportunities to recognise volunteers in your organisation throughout the year. To help you make more meaningful recognition happen, Volunteer Canada developed a great little tool to help shape this special engagement. Do check it out.

In the spirit of recognition, we are also delighted to share news that our colleagues at Volunteering Australia have been successful obtaining funding from DSS for a national clearing house (aka resource hub) for the sector, and a considerable investment towards next year's National Volunteer Week and National Volunteering Conference.
So as you read this edition of Volunteering Matters, thank you for the work you are doing to make volunteering in Victoria as recognised as possible.

Scott Miller
Chief Executive
Introducing our new Parliamentary Secretary for Volunteering 
Lizzie Blandthorn, MP
Parliamentary Secretary for Carers and Volunteers
Parliamentary Secretary for Sport
MP for Pascoe Vale
>> Read more about Lizzie here.
Victorian Strategy for Volunteering
One of the first priority areas for Ms Blandthorn is the Labour Party 2018 election commitment to develop and implement a Victorian Volunteer Strategy to support and enhance volunteerism in Victoria.

We understand that the commitment to a volunteering strategy will build on the work of the former Ministerial Council for Volunteers, and will likely see:
  • Broad volunteering community engagement to inform the strategy through a range of public participation mechanisms
  • A new body with representation across government and the volunteering community
  • A draft strategy early in the new year
National Volunteer Week Forum: Lizzie Blandthorn to Speak
Theme: Leaving No-One Behind: Building Communities in a Changing Environment
When: Wednesday 22 May from 9:00 am registration and starting at 9:30 am – 12:30 pm 
Where: Melbourne Town Hall, Swanston Room.
Cost: Members (and their volunteers) FREE / Non-Members $70

We are delighted to announce that Lizzie Blandthorn, the new Parliamentary Secretary for Carers and Volunteers will be opening this year's National Volunteer Week Forum.
>> Register here.
>> Find out more here.
2019 State Conference: Update
When: 20 – 21 June 2019
Where: Pullman on the Park, Melbourne
Register now to secure early bird rate – pay later on invoice
Deadline extended for Early bird tickets - Friday 17 May, 2019 
Due to the Easter and ANZAC day public holidays we’ve extended the availability of early bird tickets by an extra 2 weeks. The deadline is now Friday 17 May. Register at the early bird price and you’ll save $100 on the standard ticket price.

Discount for group bookings – book 6 pay for 5 
As the old saying goes “the more the merrier!” Get together a group of 6 people for the 2019 State Conference and you’ll pay only for 5. 

Conference program finalised  
The full conference program includes 3 keynote speakers, 2 panel discussions, 8 workshops, 24 short presentations plus a Great Debate. It’s a comprehensive and dedicated program focused on energising, enhancing and connecting Volunteer Managers and Leaders. 

Networking Event
There’s also an optional networking event on the evening of the first day providing the opportunity to catch up with peers to ‘chew the fat’ about advancing the cause of volunteering and volunteer management in Victoria.    
>> Buy early bird tickets here.
>> Read full program here.
>> Find out more about other speakers here.
Registrations below for Webinars #4 and #5.
Topic: Influencing Up
Speakers: Tracey O’Neill & Ang Cuy
When: Thursday 9 May 2:00 - 3:00 pm
About: Getting buy in from senior leadership to support your volunteer program can be a tough ask. In this webinar our Sector Development Manager Sara Sterling talks to Tracey O’Neill from Austin Health and Ang Cuy from YMCA about their strategies for influencing up. 

>> Register here.
Topic: National Standards for Volunteer Involvement Online Self-Assessment Tool - Demonstration
Speakers: Quentin Jones from BNG NGO Services Online
When: Thursday 30 May 2:00 - 3:00 pm
About: 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.
Unable to make it at that time? Webinar materials will be made available on the Volunteering Victoria website and will be sent to participants after the session.
Victoria ALIVE: Cobram Community Forum

When: Thursday 2 May at 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Where: Cobram Civic Centre - Council Chambers, Punt Road, Cobram
Speakers: Sally Bate (Cobram Community House)Pauline Wilkinson (Yarrawonga Neighbourhood House) & Deb Johns (Cobram Youth Op Shop)
Topic: Disability Inclusion in Volunteering: Creating Meaningful Opportunities in our Organisations for Volunteers with a Disability
Cost: FREE

In collaboration with Cobram Community House, the forum has been developed to engage volunteer-involving organisations in Moira Shire and surrounding regions in an active process of identifying and understanding the issues impacting on disability inclusive volunteer co-ordination and management at a local level.

>> Register to attend here.
>> Find out more about Victoria ALIVE here.
National Volunteer Week: This month!

National Volunteer Week (NVW) is the annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our nation’s volunteers. #NVW2019. 

From 20-26 May 2019, thousands of events will be held across the country to say thank you to the 6 million Australians who volunteer their time. We wish you all great success in your events. This year Volunteering Australia is celebrating 30 years of National Volunteer Week

>> For Certificates of appreciation, invitations, posters, banners, and additional resources, click here.
>> Order your volunteer pins, pens, keyrings, and tote bags click here.

Report: Australia Giving 2019 

This report presents the findings of a survey of 1,023 adults on their charitable activities and volunteering work.

Key findings include:
• A third (35%) have volunteered in the past 12 months, and, as with donating money, supporting children is the most popular cause (21%).
• Younger Australians (18-24 year olds) are more likely to volunteer than their older counterparts

>> Read full report here.
Report: Emergency Volunteering 2030- Views from Managers in Volunteerism
What is the impact of the third sector on social innovation?

The following report narrows down this broad question to the impact of third sector activities by individual participants. Volunteers play an important role in producing social innovation. The report focuses on the potentially beneficial effects of participating in third sector activities for the volunteer him/herself.

>>  Read full report here.
Research: Time Well Spent
Time Well Spent is a major new international report into the volunteering experience published by NCVO in January 2019 (10,000+ respondents) .

The survey focuses on volunteering through groups, clubs,organisations and recent volunteers and aims to gain a rounder view of the different ways people get involved.

>> Read full report here.
Book Review: Measuring the Impact of Volunteers

Volunteering Victoria Book Reviewer Brian Tran has reviewed his first book for us, and possibly one you should add to your reading list!

For the reader, this book is incredibly insightful – the information is easy to digest, practical and adaptable. Readers will find they have at their disposal, a great tool that will help inform the right roles to create for volunteers, how to measure their success accurately and, how to report this success internally and externally.

Readers of this book who end up adopting its recommendations will come to two realisations, how amazing their volunteers really are and that their contribution – as with all purposeful and compassionate deeds – are bigger than they thought. 

>>  Read Brian's full book review here.
Premier's Sustainability Awards - Nominate Now!
Volunteers are being recognised by a new category in Victoria’s leading environmental awards program, the 2019 Premier’s Sustainability Awards.

The Environmental Volunteering category acknowledges the contribution made by thousands of dedicated individuals and groups who give so generously to protect and improve the environment for social, economic and environmental outcomes.

Nominations close Thursday 13 June. 

>> Nominate here.
VV Membership: Renewal Notice
In May, we are undertaking a data validation to ensure that our members’ contact details are accurate. This is to ensure that we can provide you with optimum service, information and an efficient membership renewal process. 

Members will receive an email requesting you to review your organisational contact details. If the information is up to date, there no need to do anything. If there are changes, we would appreciate you filling out the linked form and returning it to us.

>> Contact Lisa at any time if you want to advise us of a change.
VV Membership: New Members

In May, we warmly welcomed the following new members. Thank you all for joining team Volunteering Victoria and assisting us to strengthen our communities through volunteerism.  

>> For more information, contact Lisa or 03 8327 8508
>> Verify if your membership is up-to date here.

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