Since I became CEO eight years ago, Volunteering
Tasmania (VT) has helped a lot of people to ‘do what they
love’. We have also supported organisations to recruit and
involve volunteers in their activities.
I’m very proud to have led VT during some periods of
very significant change.
·Leading the new National Definition of Volunteering
·Launching the new National Standards for Volunteer
·Launching the Tasmanian Volunteering Awards
·Releasing the 2014 State of Volunteering Report: The
Economic, Social and Cultural Value of Volunteering.
As I begin my role as CEO of Volunteering
Australia I am looking forward to continuing as an
advocate for the volunteering industry – this time at a national
Not many people can say that they love their jobs. But
I can honestly say that I have loved my time at VT. It has been
wonderful to be part of an organisation that values and encourages
kindness, generosity and giving.
In the past eight years I have met inspiring people
who advance volunteering; supported a highly skilled and dedicated
Board and worked with passionate and committed paid staff and
I would like to thank the whole VT team, our valued
members and stakeholders for their kind words and well wishes.
All the very best to you for the festive season and
Budget Priority Statements submitted
Advocacy for volunteering is one of our core
functions, an example being the research, collation and submission of
Budget Priority Statements to the Tasmanian government. These
documents let us, as the peak body for volunteering, formally outline
where investment should be made to support, sustain and grow
volunteering. They are based on information we collect from
Volunteer Involving Organisations, volunteers, research data and
other stakeholders. On December 9, Volunteering Tasmania
submitted Budget Priority Statements to five government agencies,
each outlining relevant issues and key recommendations. To read
more, visit our website news,
or to view the recommendations in full, download the Budget Priority
Statements from the Policy
and Advocacy section of our website.
the Scenes: Voluntourism in Tasmania: Volunteer
tourism, or ‘voluntourism’, is where individuals combine volunteering
with holiday or leisure; these tourists also tend to stay longer and
spend more. Find out more in our report
on this growing sector.
Calling For Your Nominations!
Following the successful launch
of the Southern Cross News 2017 Tasmanian Volunteering Awards on
Monday, December 5 (International Volunteer Day), we at VT are very
excited to see the nominations starting to roll in. Many thanks
to all the sponsors
who have made this event possible; we share their belief in the
importance of a state-wide recognition program for volunteers.
We ask all of you to please take a moment to highlight the good
work of an amazing volunteer/s, volunteer manager or volunteer
program by nominating
them in any of the below sectors:
· Arts, Heritage or Tourism
·Community Care and Health
·Education, Science and Technology
·Emergency Services and Disaster Recovery
·Environment, Animal Care and Conservation
·Sport and Recreation
·The Corporate Award for an employee volunteering
Self-nominations are welcome and encouraged. One of
the goals of this Awards program is to let people know about the many
and varied ways individuals can volunteer, the special goals and
achievements of volunteer programs and how they benefit Tasmania.
Sector Development Update - disaster recovery
Over the last month our Sector Development
Coordinator, Andrew Prior, has been working with EV CREW - Volunteering
Tasmania's database of 'willing volunteers' who have nominated to be
on call during disaster recovery. In addition to the trained
volunteers who are on the scene during danger periods,
volunteers are prepared to help out in the days, weeks and months
following a disaster, in any way that is needed. To find out
more about being an EV
CREW member, read more here.
Please don't wait until a disaster strikes, especially as we
hit bushfire season.
Volunteer Connect Online - Tip of the Month
Volunteer Connect Online, our online volunteer
matching service, is a very popular tool used by volunteers to see
what volunteering roles are available. Some volunteers will
click 'send an Expression of Interest' to many organisations.
We would like to recommend to volunteer coordinators that
instead of sending out all your volunteer paperwork based on EOIs,
first follow up with a phone call or a quick email to gauge the
interest of the potential volunteer. If they seem keen, then
book a time to meet them face-to-face. We have found that
Volunteer Involving Organisations can get up to 14 EOIs from
potential volunteers, however 4 of those people are more likely to
become engaged with the organisation.
Half-price VT Membership
From 1 January 2017, membership to Volunteering
Tasmania will be at a pro-rata (half price) rate. This reduced rate
buys membership for the remaining half of the 2016-17 financial year,
and is valid until 30 June 2017. A list of the many, many
benefits of Volunteering Tasmania membership can be found online by
following the links below, membership prices will automatically be
halved on 1 January:
January 2017 will also see the launch of a special 'members onlywebsite portal'
containing valuable resources and professional tools previously only
available for purchase. To discuss how Membership might benefit
you, or to find out more, contact the Member and Corporate Liaison
Bonnie Tuttle on 6231 5550, 0439 032 499, or email BonnieT@volunteeringtas.org.au
Grants, Workshops and Research Surveys
·There are still 3 more workshops to run in TasCOSS's
superb 'Future Proofing' workshop
·Hurry, applications close at 2pm on 20 December for
DSS volunteer grants of up to $5,000 - apply here.
·UTAS survey on 'understanding volunteering
motivations' is still open; contribute to this valuable piece of
research by sharing your opinions here.
·The Bushfire and Natural Hazards Co-operative Research
Centre wants to hear Tasmanians' thoughts and experience in their
survey 'Preparing and Responding to Bushfire'. Click here to participate.
·'Giving Australia 2016',
a $1.7m research project, was launched on 1 December. The resulting
report will help stakeholders better understand how and why
Australians give and volunteer, how much they donate and how these
factors affect our non-profit and philanthropy sector. Read more here.
·We recommend subscribing to 'Grant Alerts' - a service that
provides information on a range of grants available to community
organisations and local government. To subscribe, email email@example.com
Resource Sharing: Free Insurance Health Check
Aon Insurance is a preferred supplier for volunteering
insurance, and we are happy to share information about their free
online assessment too. If you are a NFP you can get a free
insurance health check utilising their customer-friendly NFP
Insurance Puzzle Solver tool. Simply answer 10
questions about your NFP and AON will provide online information on
any matching insurance covers; from this point you can then apply for
them online, or request a call from Aon’s dedicated NFP Team.
VT Members - Volunteering Opportunity
·Be a Home Tutor for TasTAFE,
helping migrants and refugees through an English language program.
·Wyndarra is a community centre
focussed on supporting and improving the quality of life for Circular
Head residents, particularly those in need or at risk. Seeking
compassionate people to help in the delivery of a variety of
·The Smith Family are an amazing nation-wide
organisation helping children achieve their goals and stay in school.
Learn more about their Bridgewater/ Gagebrook Learning Club
coordinator role, plus other opportunities around Tasmania, by
Well, that's a wrap for 2016 - a
tumultuous year of many highs and lows both in Tasmania and around
the world! We'll be back and reporting on all the NRM happenings
from around our region in the new year, but until then - on
behalf of all the staff at NRM South - we'd like to thank all our
subscribers and wish you all the best for a safe and happy holiday
season, filled with all the best produce and natural beauty that
our southern region has to offer!
Image (c) Eric
Woehler, Birdlife Tasmania
Inspired Grants open
Round 10 of our Naturally Inspired Grants
are now open and we'd like to invite
community groups, schools, farmers, fishers and conservation
landholders to send in their applications before 29 January 2017.
This will be the last grant round under current National Landcare
Programme regional delivery for NRM South which ends June 2018.
Increased funding amounts are available, so you don't want to miss
don't forget our grant writing workshop!
Have a potential
project but not sure where to start? Never fear, help is on hand to
guide you through the process of putting together your
application.Workshops will be held at the NRM South office at 313
Macquarie Street in Hobart on Wednesday 7 December.
Community groups, schools and not for profit workshops 10:30am -
Farmers, fishers, farming groups, conservation landowners: 2:30pm -
RSVP essential! Contact Ruth (Community Groups) or Holly (Landholders)
season is underway!
There’s nowhere like Tassie’s stunning beaches to kick
back and relax over summer. Every year, more and more of us are
flocking to the cool blue waters and white sand beaches around the
state to breathe the salt air, unwind and take in the stunning
scenery. But while we’re cooling our heels in the surf, behind the
scenes there are hundreds of beach-nesting birds who are busy trying
to raise a family, with nests and chicks precariously exposed to our
recreational beach activities. While sunny days are tempting you to
kick back at the beach, please remember to watch where you step, stay
on the wet sand, keep your pooch on a leash and check your surrounds
before settling in.
Image (c) Eric Woehler,
Farm Planning in 2017
A reminder that applications for the 2017
round of NRM South's ‘Small Farm Planning Program’ are now open.
This annual series of workshops for property owners in the Huon and
Channel region, will be delivered between February and April 2017.
Places in this popular program are limited so don't delay in
submitting the relevant forms if you are interested in signing up! Check our website for more information.
Representatives from Tasmania's three NRM
bodies (North, South and Cradle Coast) recently came together
officially launch the three regional strategies that will be
guiding NRM in Tasmania over the coming years. Many thanks to
Parliamentary Secretary Roger Jaensch who was also there on the day
to commend the amazing effort that has gone into producing these
joint strategies. You can find more information about the NRM South
Tas Conference 2017
The amazing team at Landcare Tasmania are
already hard at work organising the next State Landcare Conference,
to be held in November 2017. They want you to help them design the
conference! Vote for the workshop topics which most interest you here
your say on volunteering
Funded by The Tasmanian Community Fund,
this project will provide the first in-depth, large-scale analysis
of the benefits and motivations associated with volunteering in
Tasmania. The knowledge generated from this study will help
volunteer organisations to engage and sustain volunteers, and will
help inform public policy. Complete the survey here
DESKTOP WALLPAPER FOR
Keep track of your year
with our new series of monthly desktop wallpaper backgrounds
featuring scenes from around Southern Tasmania. Click on the image to
access the full res version for your own calendar desktop background,
care of NRM South.
Join NRM South and Andrew Bailey (Senior Industry
Development and Extension Officer from TIA) for a three hour
workshop in the Huon Valley on how to properly drench and
vaccinate your sheep. Click here for more information.
If you are visiting Tasmania's national parks over Summer,
keep an eye out for Discovery Rangers and join in a wide range
of activities such as guided walks, evening talks, childrens'
activities and much, much more. Further
The Ian Potter
Foundation is an Australian philanthropic foundation that
facilitates positive social change. They have opened a round of
funding across a range of community sectors, including an Environment and Conservation stream
which aims to help better manage our natural resources and preserve
The Australian Government is
supporting farmers and the community to tackle established pest
animals and weeds through a competitive grants programme.
Approximately $10 million is available in 2016–17 to support the
development of, and/or improvement to
innovative and forward-thinking control tools and technologies.