20 December 2016

Volunteering Tasmania News

CEO Farewell
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.
Highlights include:
·         Leading the new National Definition of Volunteering
·         Launching the new National Standards for Volunteer Involvement
·         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 level.
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 volunteers.
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 2017.

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. 

Policy and Advocacy Update
Volunteering Tasmania’s Impact on Census Findings: VT's submission to the national Senate Inquiry into the 2016 Census was highly successful, both through influencing the recommendations and through direct quotes in the final report. Read more here.
Behind 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
·         Volunteer Group
·         Volunteer Coordination
·         The Corporate Award for an employee volunteering program
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, EV CREW 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 only website 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 series.
·         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 csrgrants@dpac.tas.gov.au

Resource Sharing: Free Insurance Health Check for NFPs
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 Spotlight
·         Be a Home Tutor for TasTAFE, helping migrants and refugees through an English language program. Hobart based.
·         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 services.
·         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 clicking here.  

Volunteering Tasmania December/January office opening hours
Hobart office
Closing at 4pm on Friday 23rd December, re-opening 9am Monday 9th January.
Launceston office
Closing at 4pm on Friday 23rd December, Re-opening 9am Monday 16th January.  For any enquiries or support please contact our Hobart office on 6231-5550 from 9th January.

09 December 2016

NRMSouth News

Your monthly NRM update for Southern Tasmania

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

Naturally 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 this one!

And 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 - 12:30pm
Farmers, fishers, farming groups, conservation landowners: 2:30pm - 4:30pm
RSVP essential! Contact Ruth (Community Groups) or Holly (Landholders)

Shorebirds breeding 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, Birdlife Tasmania

Small 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.
Regional strategy launched
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 strategy here.

Landcare 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
Have 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

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 information

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 biodiversity.
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.

The Tasmanian Bushfire Mitigation Grants Program (TBMGP) is now open for the third round of funding, with a view to reducing the impact of bushfires and build a more disaster resilient Australia.

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