The Voice of Volunteering August 2015: Volunteering resources for schools, Networking events, Member Spotlight, 2015 NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards and more

The Voice of Volunteering

From the CEO


The Centre for Volunteering was thrilled to host Minister Ajaka for morning tea on Thursday 20 July. The Minister was able to meet a number of the Centre's volunteers and staff and to seek their views on issues around volunteering in 2015. The Department of Family and Community Services has commenced the next round of consultation on the NSW Government Volunteering Strategy. Have your say on the second Volunteering Strategy.


The Regional Volunteer of the Year Award ceremonies commenced in Cooma yesterday and I am looking forward to travelling around the state to acknowledge almost 7000 of our wonderful volunteers. I hope to see many of you at a ceremony. For last minute registrations head to our website.

Some interesting reading:
Regards

Gemma

Regional Ceremonies: 2015 NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards
Regional ceremonies for the 2015 NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards have kicked offt across NSW starting yesterday in Cooma. Queanbeyan volunteer Heather Foggett took out top honours as the overall regional winner for 2015 for her work with children’s charity Capes4Kids.

 
Winners of other volunteer award categories include Albert Manning of Tumut, for his volunteer work with Life Education and the volunteer team from the Ulladulla Community Resources Centre.
Nominees and their Nominators should have received an invitation to attend their regional Awards ceremony.  Find an Awards Ceremony in your area
DSS Funded Inclusive Scholarships for the 2016 National Volunteering Conference
Thanks to generous support from the Department of Social Services, volunteer-led community groups will have access to the 2016 National Volunteering Conference through the Inclusive Scholarships Program.
Scholarship applications will be distributed and assessed by state and territory volunteering peak bodies, and are open to:
  • Coordinators and managers of volunteers
  • Not for profit leaders and emerging leaders
  • Community leaders and emerging leaders
  • Voluntary and community organisations.

The Centre for Volunteering is excited to make available a number of these scholarships for the sector in NSW. Further information and the application form

Please note that the closing date for applications is 18 September.

 
**Special event volunteers needed**Special event volunteers needed**Special***
Special event volunteers are needed over 7-8 November to assist with various event roles at a weekend-long festival in the Sydney CBD. Duties include raffle ticket sales, bump in and set up and pack down.
For more information please call or email Reem on 02 9261 3600 Mon-Wed
Applications for Expert Advice Exchange are open until 20 September 2015
The Office of Social Impact Investment has opened a second round of applications.
The EAX is a platform to connect social sector organisations with pro bono support and advice from leading law firms, professional services firms and financial institutions.
The EAX aims to build capacity in eligible not-for-profits and social enterprises by providing them with sufficient understanding of relevant legal, financial and management issues to better equip them to participate in new approaches, like outcomes-based contracts and social impact investment.
Under the EAX, an applicant could seek to build capacity in, for example, setting up governance arrangements, or preparing for and participating in new business opportunities.
Do you require assistance to prepare for new ways of funding social services? 
Are you eligible for advice through the EAX? 
APPLY NOW!
The second round call for applications to the EAX opens on 31 August and closes on 20 September.  For more details and to apply online visit:
Social Impact Investment Knowledge Hub.
The EAX is an initiative of the NSW Office of Social Impact Investment.
Submission to the Federal Government on Re:think tax discussion paper
Volunteering Australia, on behalf of the State Peak Volunteering bodies has made a submission in response to the Federal Government's Re:Think Tax White paper.
The Key response is: 

"...any changes to the FBT and DGR concessions that reduce the overall level of financial support to not-for-profit (NFP) organisations will:
  • make it harder or more expensive for NFPs to recruit and retain appropriately skilled staff because of salary parity issues
  • make it harder for NFPs to attract charitable donations and philanthropic grants
  • consequently, reduce the amount of staff time, skills or cash available to NFPs to provide services
Such changes will have the following impacts on the volunteering sector:
  • they will reduce the amount and quality of the volunteer support services that volunteering peak bodies and volunteer support organisations (VSOs) will be able to provide to the volunteering sector
  • they will increase the demand for volunteer support services because volunteer involving organisations (VIOs) may:
    • cut back on resourcing for volunteer management
    • recruit more volunteers to replace paid staff.
More information
Fostering a Culture of Giving: Volunteering and the Australian Curriculum

Volunteering ACT in partnership with Volunteering Australia has launched a set of resources titled Fostering a Culture of Giving: Volunteering and the Australian Curriculum as part of National Student Volunteer Week. The June release of the ABS General Social Survey data highlighted the changing nature of volunteering in Australia and for the first time a decline in volunteering rates. Engaging young people in meaningful volunteer work is a key priority for the volunteering sector at a national and local level to combat these declining figures.

These resources are practical teaching aids for use as part of mainstream teaching programs. They are:

  • based on the ground-up knowledge and experience of teachers and volunteering sector experts
  • a demonstration of how volunteering concepts, data and practices fit into the Australian Curriculum
  • applicable across Australia and accessible to all teachers via electronic download
For more information and resources
There were a range of fantastic events held during the 2015 National Student Volunteer Week, including The University of Technology Sydney's, now annual Volunteer Speed Dating Event. See what happened around Australia in this great round-up.
Member Spotlight - Frontier Services
Frontier Services provides community support and recovery, volunteering and pastoral support to people in remote Australia. This includes:
  • Short-term volunteers to assist families in need, with Outback Links
  • Patrol Ministry and pastoral support
Frontier Services is a charity and national agency of the Uniting Church in Australia that grew out of the pioneering work begun in 1912 by the rev John Flynn (“Flynn of the Inland”). As the successor in the Uniting Church to the Australian Inland Mission, Frontier Services has supported the people of remote Australia for more than 100 years. Frontier services aims to work with and empower communities to overcome the disadvantages of living in remote locations such as Aboriginal communities, on isolated properties or mining sites. Read More
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Professional Development
Recruit and Retain Volunteers
Do you have a 5-star approach to attracting and keeping volunteers?

Just like major companies strive to be an employer of choice, so too should volunteer-involving organisations.
That’s because effective recruitment and retention of staff and volunteers makes people and organisations more productive, stable, and happier. It also helps reduces workforce conflict, staff/volunteer turnover, and keeps costs down.


Regular evaluation of your organisation’s volunteer strategy and practices – including benchmarking them against similar organisations – is an essential part of effective volunteer management.

Refresh and review your recruitment practices and explore the concepts of engagement.
  • Are you ready to recruit?
  • How/where do you find a perfect match?
  • Policies and Procedures to support your efforts
  • Tips, tools & techniques for interview & selection
  • Support, rewards and motivation
  • Volunteer engagement
  • National Standards supporting your work.
When: Tuesday 13 October
Time: 9am-4:30pm
Where: The Centre for Volunteering, The Rocks
Register now to secure your space
Networking Events

Our August Networking Event: "Don’t Run the Risk: Best practice in risk management for volunteer programs" with Tulsi van de Graaff was a very popular session with guests coming from as far as Newcastle.
Tulsi presented members and guests with practical tips to implement in their own volunteer programs and helped them workshop current program risks.

SAVE THE DATE: 24 September 2015, 10am-12pm TBC Keep an eye out for details on the topic of our next Networking Event
Don't Forget - Bridge to Volunteering is run every week and is a great introduction to volunteering for people of all backgrounds. Register Now!
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