FEDERAL FUNDING CHANGES
Under the new Strong and Resilient Communities grants program the Federal Government is intending to fundamentally change its funding criteria to assist only project-based programs. This means volunteering support services will no longer be eligible for funding for on-going activities such as the volunteer management program.
Last week I joined the heads of the nation's peak volunteering bodies in Canberra to kick start an awareness campaign about how this funding plan could crush the place-based volunteering bodies that are the back bone of our volunteering communities.
The Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter MP, and Shadow Assistant Minister for Families and Social Services Louise Pratt spoke at the event, which was also attended by other politicians and representatives of volunteer support services from around the country.
We called on the Government to recognise the value of volunteer management and I will keep you informed of the progress of this campaign.
I am pleased to announce the Volunteering NSW 2017 State Conference will take place on Sydney Harbour at Doltone House, Darling Island Wharf on Wednesday June 7, with keynote speaker Tobi Johnson. Book before April 30 to take advantage of Early Bird pricing.
The Conference theme is Future Proofing Volunteeringin NSW. Anyone interested in presenting should submit a Conference Abstract exploring one of the following:
* leadership and stewardship of volunteering
* innovation and collaboration and
* valuing and repositioning volunteering
See the information sheet, for more details.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER Tobi Johnson is a renowned thought leader and skilled volunteering advocate: She is also the co-author of an annual state of volunteer management report that surveys volunteer managers across 19 countries. I know Tobi will offer insights that will challenge and inspire our discussions on the day and beyond.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES
The calendar for March includes the Taronga Zoo networking opportunity and two training seminars - see below for details.
I look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming events and on June 7 at the conference.
Smart & Skilled funding available for Professional Qualifications
Certificate IV Coordination of Volunteer Programs: Learn across 11 study modules with like-minded peers. All course materials supplied and tutorial support provided. Enrol Now.
Develop your volunteer team management skills with a Certificate III in Active Volunteering. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Covering the key areas of governance, this three day program is designed to equip NFP directors, Board members and senior executives with a greater understanding of directors’ duties and responsibilities, improve Board performance and decision-making.
Program runs in May, maximum 25 places. Inquiries Lesley Milbourne 0408409043 or email email@example.com.
9 March: Communication for Volunteer & NFP Managers
Techniques to ensure effective communication with all your stakeholders. Managing conflict and difficult conversations. An insight into why so much workplace communication is misread. 21 March: Networking at Taronga Zoo: Tour and talk about the Zoo's award winning volunteer program 28 March: A Fond Farewell: Exiting volunteers - in a safe, legal and productive manner. One of our most requested workshops.