begin the countdown to National Volunteer Week, I’d like to take this
opportunity to reflect on this year’s theme ‘Give a Little, Change a Lot’.
many ways to interpret these words, and when I read them I am reminded of a
quote that says “We know
only too well that what we are doing is nothing more than a drop in the
ocean. But if that drop is not there, the ocean would be missing
something" - Mother Teresa.
Tasmanians volunteering, sometimes it can feel like our contribution
is no more than a drop in the ocean, particularly for causes that we are
whether someone is volunteering every now and then or dedicating many hours
each week, the combined effort of each and every one of us is impactful.
year when we celebrate National Volunteer Week from 21 to 27 May, I look
forward to talking with as many volunteers as I can.
listen to their stories and share in their passions I will remind them of
the significance of their contribution. Regardless of whether they’re
volunteering one hour a month, 15 hours a week or more, I’ll remind them
that they are actually changing a lot, because without them our island
community would indeed be missing something, just like the ocean Mother
Yours in volunteering,
Alison Lai CEO - Volunteering Tasmania
National Volunteer Week
National Volunteer Week (21–27 May 2018) is almost
here and we are seeking amazing volunteering stories to share throughout
National Volunteer Week is a fantastic opportunity to
celebrate your organisation's volunteers, especially those making a
difference behind the scenes (for example the volunteer board members of
Please get in touch if you have a story or an event
to share, or if you need assistance with your National Volunteer Week
activity. We are here to help.
Don't forget to have a look at the great free
campaign resources available.
The National Standards are easily adapted for all
organisations and all types of volunteering.
Volunteering SA&NT is one of Volunteering
Australia's authorised peak bodies who can deliver National Standards
On behalf of all the State and Territory volunteering
peaks (including Volunteering Tasmania) they are offering two informative
60 minute webinars that will outline the benefits of the National
Tasmania Members can register for these webinars at the reduced rate. Click
below for more information or to Register.
There was a great turnout to our April Network
Meetings with a combined attendance of 68 people in Hobart, Launceston and
Interest in our Network Meetings has been rapidly
increasing. Thank you to everyone who attended and a special thank you
to Neil Luddington from AON Insurance who travelled with us to provide
attendees with an overview of risk management, insurance and volunteers.
Volunteering Tasmania is proud to partner with AON Insurance to provide
Members with a 10% discount on volunteer insurance and Neil welcomes any
Looking ahead to the next round of Network Meetings -
pencil in the below dates:
– Tuesday, 5 June (Hobart)
– Wednesday, 6 June (Launceston)
– Thursday, 7 June (Burnie)
Further information about the sessions will be
Network Meetings are free and are open to everyone,
however as numbers increase priority will be given to our Members. To
join click here.
Register for the
National Volunteering Conference 2018
The National Volunteering Conference 2018 will
be held in Sydney from 20-22 June, and aims to ‘ignite,
invigorate and inspire’ delegates from across Australia to address challenges
facing the volunteering sector and identify opportunities for progress.
Congratulations to the following Tasmanians who were
successful in receiving an Australian Government scholarship to support
their attendance at the conference (administered by the Department of
Jo Dixon - Lifeline Tasmania
Leanne Barton - Northern Palliative Care Service
Kerri Hall - Carers Tasmania
you are also a volunteer manager, this is an event not to be missed.
Tickets are still available.
In June, Volunteering Tasmania will be running free
training workshops for organisations that involve volunteers in the
delivery of services in the aged-care sector (Home and Community Care
and/or the Commonwealth Home Support Program).
This training is supported by the Department of
Health, and the Department of Health and Human Services - and will focus
·Explaining the changes to the
Australian accounting standard (AASB1058) - these changes will be relevant
to any organisation that involves volunteers in the delivery of their
·Outlining how to become a Centrelink Approved Organisation and
increase opportunities for older Tasmanians to volunteer with your
organisation as part of their Australian Government 'Mutual Obligation
Requirements' (this will also be explained).
- Tuesday, 5 June (Hobart)
- Wednesday, 6 June (Launceston)
- Thursday, 7 June (Burnie)
of Volunteering Tasmania can also attend these free workshops. To register
your interest please email Kate Birch, indicating your organisation
and preferred location. Not a
A Doggone Great Job
At the Hobart Dogs' Home there are plenty of
pups and pooches wanting a bit of love and exercise every day. This takes
a lot of time and effort from an amazing bunch of volunteers who,
along with the paid staff, are the back bone of this
With over 70 years combined volunteering experience,
there is never a dull moment with time spent walking, feeding,
cuddling and training all the canines - making sure that their
(hopefully short) stay at the Hobart Dogs' Home is as much like a home
Click here to
learn more about the Hobart Dogs' Home, to consider volunteering or adopt a
Image: Hobart Dogs'
Home volunteers with ‘Akusha’ one of the gorgeous dogs available for
In the Media -
month Volunteering Tasmania launched the Volunteering
in Sport Report which provides insights into how Tasmanian
sporting organisations are supporting their volunteers.
The Editor of the The Examiner took time to comment on some of the Report's
key issues and findings. To read the article, click below.
This research was supported by the Tasmanian Government, through
Communities, Sport and Recreation. We encourage anyone involved in managing
volunteers to read
the report here.
Image: Junior members of
the St Leonard's Little Athletics & a photographer from The Examiner.
Talking Point - Anzac
case you missed it, read CEO Alison Lai’s article in The Mercury which
brings focus to the large group of Returned and Services League volunteers
that work away silently in the background every Anzac Day.
The Tasmanian Government is committed to finding ways
to deliver better services for all Tasmanians and is looking at how
digital technology can be used to meet the needs of a more mobile,
Tasmania members are invited to participate in their survey to provide your
thoughts to the Tasmanian Government on how you would like to use digital
services and information.
Response to the United
Volunteering Tasmania has provided a response to the Foreign
Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In
our submission we address the awareness of the United Nations SDGs in
Tasmania and provide recommendations for how they could be monitored and
promoted. You can view our submission on the Parliament of Australia
Volunteering Tasmania is currently working alongside
Volunteering Australia, and the other State and Territory volunteering
peaks to develop a guide that will help organisations understand how their work
is contributing to the United Nation's SDGs. More information on this guide
will be released at the National Volunteering Conference 2018.
Is your organisation
maximising the free online volunteer referral resource, Volunteer Connect?
Through Volunteer Connect, volunteers can search for
vacancies, and coordinators or managers can place free advertisements for
With the increased profile of volunteering leading up to National
Volunteer Week, now is the time to list your current opportunities.
Volunteering Tasmania would especially like to hear
from organisations who are interested in involving volunteers with
disability, and/or people who may have been out of the workplace and are
seeking to re-enter through volunteering.
place a free advertisement you will need to first register with Volunteer
Connect. For more information visit us online or you may like to speak
to a staff member from Volunteering Tasmania.
Free call us on 1800 677 895.
- The ABS has released an information paper outlining
community feedback on how they capture statistics on volunteering - read
the paper here
- Volunteering Australia has provided a statement
on the Australian Government's amendments to the Social Services
Legislation Amendment (Welfare Reform) Bill 2017. These amendments may
impact some Australians volunteering as part of their Mutual Obligation
- The Local Government Association of Tasmania has an
for regional information
Contribute and Develop
Take a look at these
upcoming opportunities to contribute or develop:
·City of Hobart Volunteer Recognition Awards seeking nominations,
deadline 9 May
Nonprofit Advanced Strategy, Risk & Governance, 26 May 2018,
This month, we uncover the secrets of the remote Great Victorian
Desert during our large-scale camera survey, create a second
WOMADelaide Forest on Kangaroo Island to offset the iconic
festival's environmental footprint, and join the Prince of Wales at
a roundtable to collaborate on solutions to help our Great
SMALL DUNNARTS, GIANT DISCOVERIES IN THE GREAT
Findings from our large-scale survey of the
endangered Sandhill Dunnart are helping to uncover some of the
mystery surrounding the mid-sized, insect-eating marsupial.
Seventy-six different species including the dunnart were recorded
by our motion sensor camera and opportunistic observations during
the four month survey.
SECOND WOMADELAIDE FOREST PLANNED FOR KANGAROO
The success of WOMADelaide Forest, a forest created
to offset the environmental footprint of the iconic festival
through our partnership with the WOMADelaide Foundation, will soon
see a second forest created on Kangaroo Island.
ROYAL SPOTLIGHT ON THE REEF
In a strong show of support for our ailing Great Barrier Reef, the
Prince of Wales joined the CEO of Greening Australia and other
corporate and government leaders at a roundtable on Lady Eilliot
Island on 5 April.