12 December 2017

Bandicoot Times City of Hobart

City of Hobart Bushcare Summer News Update
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Welcome to the
City of Hobart
Bushcare Summer News Update
Over the Summer there is a lot happening in Hobart's bush, including a Trackcare activity on kunanyi/Mt Wellington to help improve features on the North South track.
To find out more about this and other activities, download a copy of the Bushcare working bee program below. 
We hope to see you this Summer!

01 December 2017

Hobart Bushcare

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City of Hobart Bushcare Fortnightly News Update
Hello Bushcarers,
It was wonderful to meet everyone at the Bushcare BBQ last Sunday. It was a pleasant afternoon getting together and celebrating the year’s achievements.
As it was the first time Nicole, Michelle and I have organised the special event, we were impressed by the attendance, enthusiasm and stories shared by everyone. An article about the day will be published in the Autumn Bandicoot Times. For photos visit this link.
I’ve now been in the Bushcare Coordinator position for eight weeks. I am most impressed with the community involvement, expertise and energy for the Bushcare program. It is a tremendous program and it is a pleasure to be part of it.
Thank you all for your support while I’m settling into the role. I look forward to 2018 and continuing to support Bushcare.
I wish you and your family a very merry Christmas and a healthy and happy new year.
Merry Christmas!
Sjaan Field, Bushcare Coordinator 
Deputy Lord Mayor Ron Christie presenting the 2017 Golden Secateurs Award to
Gavin Wright, Lambert Gully Bushcare Group
Feedback - Bushcare BBQ
As the Bushcare BBQ event is for volunteers, we appreciate your time to complete the online feedback. So far 27 responses have been received. A hard copy feedback form will be sent to those without a computer.
In the meantime, if you haven’t submitted the survey please do so by Friday 22 December. This will help the Bushcare team to deliver another meaningful event next year. This is the link for the anonymous survey monkey.
If you prefer a copy emailed to you please email bushcare@hobartcity.com.au - see below for the questions.
Bandicoot Times
The Summer edition of Bandicoot Times will be sent out next week with the Summer Working Bee. For articles and photos for the Autumn edition please submit by Wednesday 14 February 2018. You can submit articles and photos to bushcare@hobartcity.com.au
Summer Events
If you, family or friends are looking for activities to do over the Summer, see the upcoming events page on the City of Hobart website for community events.

19 October 2017

Tasmanian Community Fund


Increasing Workforce Engagement Funding Rounds
From Grant Round 36, for five years (2018 to 2022), the large program grants provided in the first half of the calendar year (the even numbered grant rounds – 36, 38, 40, 42 and 44) will be focused on increasing workforce engagement.
More information on the rounds can be found here.
The Tasmanian Community Fund will be providing further information and seeking feedback from the community at information sessions in:
·         Devonport on 13 November 2017, 10.30am at the Master Builders Association, 41 Steele Street, Devonport;
·         Launceston on 13 November 2017, 2.30pm at Door of Hope, 50 Glen Dhu Street, Launceston; and,
·         Hobart on 14 November 2017, 3.00pm at the Bahai Centre, 1 Tasman Highway, Hobart.
Please phone 6232 7395 to RSVP.

Emerging Community Leaders
Applications for the 2018 Emerging Community Leaders program are now open.
Emerging Community Leaders brings together the next generation of leaders in Tasmania’s community sector, and equips them with the capability to positively contribute as a leader in this sector.   The program focuses on leading self, leading others, leading community and leading for lasting impact.
For more information about 2018 dates, prerequisites, etc and a link to the application form visit the Emerging Community Leaders website.

Community Wellbeing Targeted Grant Round
The Tasmanian Community Fund Board thanks everyone who attended the community wellbeing information sessions and provided feedback to the fund on the community wellbeing targeted grant round.
The Board considered the feedback and the round details have been revised.  More information on the community wellbeing targeted grant round can be found here.

Deloraine Visit
The Tasmanian Community Fund Board recently toured previously funded projects at Deloraine including Deloraine House, Colony 47, Deloraine Band and Giant Steps. The Board also held a community forum.
The project tour and community forum provided an opportunity for community members to provide feedback to the Board on the outcomes, progress and issues relating to their projects and the issues that are facing Deloraine and surrounding communities.
Receiving feedback and information from the community is vital in enabling the Tasmanian Community Fund Board to make decisions in the best interests and on behalf of the Tasmanian community.
The Board thanks all community members who attended the tour and the forum for their enthusiasm and commitment to their community and for their openness and willingness to share their knowledge with the Board.
The Board looks forward to their upcoming visit to Glenorchy.

Rotary Club of Devonport South East
The Rotary Club of Devonport South East was established in 1970. The Club plays an active role in supporting numerous community and charitable organisations locally, statewide and nationally and internationally through the Rotary International Foundation.
With funding support from the Tasmanian Community Fund, the Club replaced a bridge that forms part of the John Palmer Walking Track and improved the approaches to each side of the bridge. The John Palmer Walking Track is a 3.3km walking track that runs through the sand dunes following the coastline immediately east of East Devonport. The track was designed and built by the Rotary Club in 2000 and its ongoing maintenance is enabled through regular club working bees. More...

City of Hobart Bushcare

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City of Hobart Bushcare Fortnightly News Update
Hello Bushcarers,
I was excited to join the team last week as Bushcare Coordinator while Lisa undertakes a project with the Fire and Biodiversity team.
I have worked in the City of Hobart for five years in various roles including Community Development - Multicultural, Sister Cities, Volunteer Management and other projects.
My direct contacts are fields@hobartcity.com.au or phone 6238 2884 or the Bushcare email address.
I look forward to meeting the Convenor's at the end of October and all of you real soon.
           - Sjaan Field, Bushcare Coordinator 

Calling for nominations for the Golden Secateurs Award
We would love to receive your nominations for those bushcare legends for the Golden Secateurs Award. It is awarded to an individual Bushcare volunteer who:
·         has made a positive and lasting impact on Hobart’s bushland
·         inspires others to contribute to caring for Hobart’s bushland
If you would like to nominate a volunteer for this award please email to bushcare@hobartcity.com.au or post to Bushcare Coordinator, GPO Box 503, Hobart 7001, outlining why you think the volunteer is a bushcare legend. All nominations must be received by Monday 6 November 2017 at 9am.   
Bushcare Golden Secateurs Awardees since 2008 are:
2016 – Astrid Wright
2015 – Ingrid Colman
2014 – Greg Summers
2013 – Andrew Hingston
2012 – Greg Kidd
2011 – Sue Gillespie
2010 – Peter Franklin
2009 – Sue Drake
2008 – Tony Ault
Bushcare Annual BBQ
The date and details for the Bushcare BBQ will be confirmed soon.
Healthy Hobart
HEALTHY HOBART is back for Spring and Summer! Twenty eight different activities are happening in Hobart’s parks and reserves. It all begins with a big FAMILY EXPO day on Sunday the 22 of October 10am at Long Beach Reserve in Sandy Bay including; Women’s AFL, Surf Lifesaving, the Hobart Hurricanes, Soccer, Badminton and Petanque.
The program includes a 'Have a go' Bushcare activity on Sunday 29 October, 10am at Cornelian Bay.
For more activities see the City of Hobart website.

Volunteering Tasmania

Are you in a regional or rural area? Help us better understand volunteering in your town!
We have heard that regional areas are experiencing a decline in volunteering, and that the problem is getting worse.
We are calling on you to tell us about the stories, challenges, successes and experiences of volunteering in your town, so that we can better understand this issue. 
We will use this information to advocate for better sector support from the Tasmanian Government in the coming election year.
We are gathering people like you from remote and regional areas, and coming together in different locations around the state to have a conversation.
Your participation, whilst completely voluntary, is incredibly valuable in ensuring we are representing the whole sector. 
There are various ways to participate, including video conference or telephone interview.
To view all of your options, click here - RSVPs close today (19 Oct) so hurry!     

International Volunteer Managers Day - let us help you thank the person looking after your volunteers!
It’s International Volunteer Managers Day on November 5, and if volunteers are worth their weight in gold, then the people who manage them must be priceless. 
Reward that incredible member of your team who looks after your fabulous volunteers by purchasing them an Organisational Membership with Volunteering Tasmania.
Your gift will give your team member access to exclusive resources, discounts and promotional support – all designed to make their lives so much easier! They’ll love you for it.
And to celebrate International Volunteer Managers Day we’re halving the fees! 
Hurry, this is a once-only offer to celebrate International Volunteer Managers Day and must be processed by Friday 3 November in time for the big day on Sunday 5 November. Find out more here.

Earlier launch date for 2018 Tasmanian Volunteering Awards
Volunteering Tasmania is pleased to announce an extended nomination period for the 2018 Tasmanian Volunteering Awards.
This year, nominations open on November 6, giving you an extra month to nominate.
Get ready to send those inspiring volunteering stories in -  we can't wait to hear about all the wonderful things that have been happening in the world of volunteering over the past year!

EV CREW Update: Play to your strengths after a disaster
As we witness continuing climate related disasters across the world, we reflect on how lucky we are to live in Tasmania.
Despite living in such a temperate location, we are not immune to climate related weather events.
We have experienced bushfires and floods that have caused significant damage and heartache across our island. 
With bushfire season almost upon us, it's time we all stepped up and nominated our strengths, our skills and a willingness to help our local community recover, if a natural disaster were to strike.
Read how you can play to your strengths in this article written by our CEO Alison Lai, and don't forget to sign up to EV Crew so you can be easily contacted should the need arise.

Advocating for volunteers in the Aged Care and Home Care sectors
A Senate Inquiry on the Future of Australia’s aged care sector workforce was presented with evidence that highlighted "83 per cent of residential facilities and 51 per cent of home care and home support outlets [are] utilising volunteer staff.” 
The inquiry also heard that “there are five volunteers for every paid worker in the not-for-profit sector, at a value of about $290 billion per annum". 
As the national Peak body, Volunteering Australia outlined concerns on the proposed reforms nationally for these groups, particularly in relation to individualised funding, as well as the need for adequate funding for volunteer management and recognition of volunteering as a priority area in these reforms. 
Volunteering Tasmania liaises closely with Volunteering Australia and will continue to track this issue closely. Volunteering Australia's submission can be read in full here

Volunteer Connect Online - Support Service
We've had a few organisations reporting glitches with registration and/or with the 'Find a Role' search facility.
We are sorry for any inconvenience and are working with our web services provider to rectify the issues.
If you are experiencing problems, we would like to ask that you contact us and include your internet browser details (eg Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Chrome, etc).
If you have experienced difficulties with the 'Find a Role' feature, we recommend switching browsers to either Firefox or Opera until the IT wizards do their thing!
Alternatively please contact us though the Volunteer Connect Support Service email, or book in for a face-to-face referral at any of our referral desks in Hobart, Sorell or Burnie, by calling 1800 677 895.

New Volunteering Tasmania Appointment - Coordinator of Volunteer Projects
Volunteering Tasmania are very pleased to announce that Kate Birch will be joining the team as our new Coordinator - Volunteer Projects.  
Kate comes to us with a strong record of excellence in stakeholder management and project management, has a solutions/outcomes focus and high level skills in writing and governance. 
Many of you will have already met Kate at various Network Meetings, she is very familiar with the volunteering sector and has been waiting for the perfect opportunity to join us! 
Welcome to the team, Kate!

Policy & Advocacy Update - Release of 2017 Australian Community Trends Report
Last month McCrindle Research released their 2017 Australian Community Trends Report. This report provides a detailed analysis of the trends and changes in the Australian not-for-profit sector, particularly how Australians give to charities.
Despite $135 billion being given to charities over the past 12 months, there has been a small decrease in the number of Australians donating.
The report provides insights into how and why Australians donate, with the majority donating goods, followed by volunteering.
Some of the top motivations for supporting a charity were a knowledge and trust in the organisation, and a desire to make the world better. Click here to read the full report.

Update from Annual General Meeting
Alison Lai our CEO would like to say a personal thank you to all the attendees and contributors to our 2017 Annual General Meeting.
After seven years on our Board we said a grateful but sad farewell to outgoing Treasurer Claire Horner and welcomed back Michelle Ewington, who remains our Volunteering Australia representative. 
We also welcomed Georgie Ibbott and Amy Reiner as new Board members.
Click on these links to read our 2016-2017 Annual Report and Financial Report.

Volunteering Resources
Click on the links below to access the following volunteering resources:
- Volunteer Rights and Responsibilities: A useful summary for volunteer team meetings, volunteer induction packs or during volunteer recruitment events. This matrix clearly links the individual rights of a volunteer with the associated responsibilities. 
- Corporate Volunteering Report - Stay tuned! After a 'soft launch' of this research report, we have compiled feedback, and the final version of the report and supporting resources will be released on International Volunteer Day (Dec 5).
- International Volunteer Managers Day - Nov 5: Resources are available here. Don't forget half-price membership gift vouchers here.
- Sport and Recreation: Most sport and recreation clubs are run by volunteers, with DPAC providing a range of relevant information sheets to help them run their clubs. Their major grant program is still open, with funding available for projects between $15,000 to $80,000. Closes 12pm, 2 November, apply here.  
- Grants for community organisations to run bladder and bowel health promotion activities and events, up to $1,500. Closing date 20 Nov, more info here.
- It's not too early to start thinking about ways to celebrate your volunteers on International Volunteer Day, Dec 5. Check out our list of 100+ ideas for volunteer recognition, under Tip Sheets on our Publications page. If you are searching for the perfect thank you gift, contact us to purchase your volunteers an Individual Supporter Membership to Volunteering Tasmania (group discounts available).

Workshops, Events and Training
- Discussing End of Life workshop for health & community service providers, 31 Oct, registration here.
- Mental Health First Aid Training, workshops in Launceston 24-25 Oct, Ulverstone 15-16 Nov, and an additional session in Hobart 21-22 Nov. More info here.
- The Australian Hearing Bus is looking for bus stops in the south between 7-17 Nov, contact Jess.Tyler@hearing.com.au for more information. 
- CALD training workshops 9-10 Nov, for those working with young people from a refugee or migrant background, in an education, health or community setting. Hosted by Migrant Resource Centre Tas and Macquarie University, read more here.
- Allied Health Symposium 10 Nov, for workers in public or private health, education, community and non-government services. Weblink here
- NFP Leadership & Innovation Conference, 24 Nov; for Managers and Boards, more details here.

Volunteering Tasmania Member Vacancy Spotlight
Volunteering Tasmania is seeking a Community Education Volunteer to visit schools, clubs, community and corporate groups to chat about volunteering.  More info here
The Australian Red Cross (Tasmania) has 24 volunteering opportunities across the state, including Exeter, Bridport, Queenstown and many others, with roles as diverse as volunteer drivers, befrienders, MATES program and Social Circles program volunteers. Click here to view.
The Wilderness Society Tasmania is looking for a Salamanca Market stall helper on Saturdays, and a Head Archivist. More here


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