The Voice of Volunteering May 2016: Professional development, Volunteering News; Networking Events
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The Centre for Volunteering

The Voice of Volunteering
May 2016

CEO's MessageGemma Rygate

We hope you all enjoyed National Volunteer Week recently. We at The Centre for Volunteering were pleased to celebrate all the hard work of our volunteers during the week! The Centre started off celebrations with the National Volunteer Week Forum, held at Parliament House. Our guest speaker, Dr Thomas Nielsen, ambassador for 2016 National Volunteer Week, presented on the topic of  "Giving: A Strong Predictor of Health & Happiness" which met with a great response. If you want to see highlights from the event visit our website. Also, you'll see some of the celebrations from around the state where Volunteer Centres created giant Vs to remind communities of the huge contribution of volunteering to society.

There was plenty of activity during the month, with the NSW Government finalising their response to the IPART recommendations on the Opal Card. We are thrilled that the final outcomes saw seniors who make up a large part of our volunteering community, maintain access to the Gold Opal card with no change to the cap. You can visit our website to see the full details. During National Volunteer Week, Minister Ajaka launched his government's new volunteering strategy. Go to our website for details.

We have a number of events coming up that will help empower you in your work. Alongside our professional development workshops and networking events, The NSW Volunteering Symposium will be held on Monday, June 27. Our speakers will be present ideas for growing volunteering into the future, so we hope to see you there.

We also want to highlight the upcoming Do Something Day on June 15, 2016. We at The Centre will be holding a working bee - we encourage you to Do Something too. For more details visit the official website.



Join us at the Symposium on June 27, 2016

NSW Volunteering Symposium

Come along to hear the best practice and practical advice in the world of volunteering. Join us on Monday, June 27, at Castlereagh Boutique Hotel where the speakers include:
  • David Locke, Assistant Commissioner of The Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC)
  • Penny York, Trainer and Volunteer Program Management Consultant to the NFP Sector 
  • Petrea King, CEO, The Quest for Life Foundation (TBC)
Grab your spot now!

Highlights from

10th Annual NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards

10th Annual NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards

We thank our Principal Partners ClubsNSW and Department of Family & Community Services and supporters Bupa Aged Care and Etchcraft for all their continuing support for the program.

Don't leave nominations to the last minute - recognise volunteers today!
Nominate Today
2016 National Volunteering Conference

How can mediation help when trying to resolve conflict?

Steve Lancken from Voluntas presented at the 2016 National Volunteering Conference on why mediation and constructive conversations are valuable to the volunteering sector. 

Learn the value of mediation for volunteers and volunteer-involving organisations.
Find out more
Don't Forget

Upcoming Workshops & Events

May 31: 
Recruit & Retain Volunteers  This one day workshop provides techniques to help recruit and retain volunteers

June 16: 
Networking Event - Social Enterprises & Volunteering Solutions

June 27: 
NSW Volunteering Symposium
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