17 June 2016

Volunteering Tasmania

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Tasmania's Flood recovery
We were saddened to hear and see the impact of the extreme weather conditions in various parts of our State last week. Our thoughts are with our fellow Tasmanians as they come to terms with the situation and assess the damage. It is in times like these that we see the true heart of a community, with people coming together to help out their family, friends and neighbours.
To offer your help as an individual in the recovery, please click here.
If you are part of an organisation which will be involved in the recovery efforts, it’s worth giving us a call to talk about how we can help you source volunteers. Please note that setting up a campaign and seeking appropriate volunteers does take time, so if you have plans for the future, give us a call on 6231 5550 or email emergencyvol@volunteeringtas.org.au today so we can help you prepare.

Disaster recovery grants
The Tasmanian and Australian Governments have announced that disaster assistance has been activated for communities affected by the flood situation in Tasmania. Find out more here.

Volunteering Tasmania Restructure
Recently, we announced a state wide restructure of Volunteering Tasmania, as a result of significant cuts in funding from the Federal Government.
To read more about the restructure from CEO Adrienne Picone, click here.
Do you have further questions about our restructure? We have collated some FAQs here. If you have further questions you can email admin@volunteeringtas.org.au or call 6231 5550 to speak with Adrienne.
Sadly, as a result of the restructure David Morse's role was made redundant, and he has since left VT. We would like to thank him for his contribution over the past year.
Volunteering Tasmania is committed to continued state-wide service delivery. We thank you for your patience during this difficult time for our organisation, staff and volunteers.

South Burnie office now closed
Following on from the restructure announcement, we regret to advise that the South Burnie office is now closed.
We would like to take this opportunity to again thank Lana Davis for her outstanding work during her time and VT, and congratulate her on her new position with another organisation in the North West.
Volunteering Tasmania will continue to provide service to the North West region, as we do state wide, and we encourage you to contact us to discuss your needs.

Volunteer Connect/VIKTOR queries
Many of you use our free Volunteer Connect/VIKTOR system to recruit volunteers. We know that sometimes you will require information and advice regarding registration, listing vacancies, and editing your account.
There are a number of resources to help you manage your VC/VIKTOR account, which can be found under the ‘Help’ tab on the top right of your screen after you have logged in.
Forgot your password? Simply click the ‘Forgotten your password’ link on the log in screen.
Still having problems? Wayne Bailey-Walford has been on the VT team for three years and is our resident VC/VIKTOR expert.
If you can’t find a solution within our current resources, you can contact Wayne Monday to Thursday on 6331 1567 or email WayneB@volunteeringtas.org.au
Not sure what Volunteer Connect/VIKTOR is all about? Read about it here and then give Wayne a call/email for more information.

As a result of our restructure we have two new part-time vacancies for our Hobart team.
Find out more about our Sector Development Coordinator role and our Communications and Events Coordinator role here.

ALP Election Announcement

In the lead up to the 2016 Federal Election, the ALP has made a $10m commitment to the volunteering industry.
Many Volunteer Involving Organisations have been affected by the cuts under the Abbott-Turnbull Government. We know that volunteering in Tasmania is a $4.9 billion industry and think that future investment in our industry is long overdue.
We welcome this announcement from the ALP and hope that this pledge is the first of more investment across all political parties into our vital volunteering sector.

Vote for Volunteering
As part of Volunteering Australia’s national advocacy campaign, a new initiative, dubbed the Vote for Volunteering Pledge has just been launched.
You can read more about it here.
We invite each and every one of you to join us in asking all political candidates to take the pledge and Vote for Volunteering.
How you can help:
  • Read more at Volunteering Australia’s Pledge portal here 
  • Send an email to your local candidates asking them to take the pledge to Vote for Volunteering using the template found at the bottom of this page
  • Contact your local candidate asking them to take the pledge to Vote for Volunteering via Twitter or Facebook.
  • Share VA’s Federal Election platform on social media using the hashtag #Vote4Volunteering You can find the Facebook posts here and the Tweets here.

Equal Opportunity Tasmania Community Road Show
Are you a member of a community organisation?  Do your members know their rights and responsibilities in regard to discrimination?
The EOT education team is co-ordinating a week-long Community Road Show around Tasmania to deliver discrimination, harassment and bullying awareness sessions.
• 31 October to 4 November
• 90-minute interactive sessions, approximately 60 minutes of presentation and 30 minutes of question time
For more information click here and follow the link to training resources.
To request a session in your region or for your group, phone 6165 7515 or e-mail training@equalopportunity.tas.gov.au

CHSP Webinar
Next Monday, the Department of Health is running a webinar about the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP). Find out more here.

Membership expires soon!
Membership is pivotal to our sustainability and ability to provide services to the sector. In return, Volunteering Tasmania is committed to supporting our valued Members right across the State.
As part of our restructure, we have created a role specifically designed to support our Members.
Bonnie Tuttle has been with Volunteering Tasmania for more than two years, and this week has been successful in her application to move into our Member and Corporate Liaison role.
If you are a current Member or if you are considering Membership, please give Bonnie a call on 6231 5550 or email BonnieT@volunteeringtas.org.au to discuss your needs for the coming financial year, and how we might provide you with great value for your Membership.
Current Memberships expire on the 1 August, and we ask that existing Members consider renewing their Membership by following the appropriate link here.
New Members are most welcome. We have different types of Membership and benefits for Individuals, Organisations, and Corporate entities. Find out more and apply here or call Bonnie on 6231 5550.

As part of the new Member and Corporate Liaison role, Bonnie Tuttle welcomes enquiries from businesses and corporations who would like to discuss sponsorship of Volunteering Tasmania.
Bonnie will meet with you to assess your objectives and work with you to create a mutually beneficial package.
Sponsoring Volunteering Tasmania is a great way to demonstrate your organisation's commitment to the Tasmanian community, whilst receiving great value and benefits.
Call Bonnie to set up a meeting on 6231 5550 or email BonnieT@volunteeringtas.org.au

Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife

Can you help Tasmania recover?
Dear Peter,
Did you read about our crowdfunding campaign to help Tasmania's wildlife and wilderness recover from devastating bushfires earlier this year?
This campaign aims to raise $15,000. It'll be split between wildlife carers treating affected animals and researchers from the University of Tasmania to learn important lessons for conservation from these fires.
If you have already supported this campaign, I thank you.
However 12 days remain to meet our $15,000 target, and we've only raised $6,575 so far.
As Tasmania swings from crisis to crisis, now facing floods and extreme weather, I know we can do better to lend a hand and help the recovery.
Peter, could you please give a gift today?
  • $30 helps a wildlife carer feed an injured animal for one month.
  • $75 provides a wildlife carer with one weeks' worth of fuel to travel to affected areas to put out food for animals that might otherwise starve.
  • $1,000 equips a UTAS team fieldtrip to fire affected areas to study the incredibly unusual phenomenon of alpine fires, so that disasters like this can be avoided in the future.

Fantastic prizes are also on offer when you support this campaign.
Depending on your donation amount, you could enter the draw to win:
  • a family pass to the Tahune Airwalk Walk or a guided high-wire canopy ropes course at Hollybrook Treetops Adventure
  • a cider and cheese package at the Apple Shed in the Huon Valley
  • accommodation at Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge or Pumphouse Point on Lake St Clare
  • a family wilderness cruise from Pennicott Wilderness Journeys, and more!
Your help is urgently needed to help Tasmania's wilderness and wildlife recover today.
Will you choose to donate now?
Kind regards,
Ian Darbyshire
CEO, Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife
fnpw.org.au  fnpw@fnpw.org.au  02 9221 1949

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