International Volunteer Day is celebrated worldwide on 5 December. The day provides volunteer organisations and individual volunteers with the opportunity to raise public awareness of their contributions to economic and social development at local, national and international levels. And this year, thanks to Hopscotch Films, Volunteering Victoria is giving volunteers a change to win one of 5 double passes to see the new film, Philomena.Read more ›
The global volunteering community has joined together today to celebrate International Volunteer Day – and at Volunteering Victoria we gathered a few representatives from different parts of the volunteering world to take part in an hour long forum on 774 ABC radio (digital). Sue Noble, Volunteering Victoria CEO, Marg Joiner, Volunteer Program Manager from Zoos Victoria and Michael Chapman, Captain of the Arthurs Creek CFA brigade joined Sally Warhaft on the Conversation Hour this morning to talk about the multifaceted world of volunteering.
ABC studio 1Many others joined the conversation via Twitter, creating an energetic Conversation Hour across media channels, contributing to the discussion via talkback and on twitter. International Volunteer Day was established in 1985 by the United Nations general Assembly.
Applications are now open to be one of the first volunteer involving community organisations to be a part of a new Volunteering Victoria initiative – a campaign powered by a combined team of staff and skilled volunteers determined to raise the profile and value of volunteers and volunteering across the State.
“We are aiming big with this campaign,” said Volunteering Victoria CEO Sue Noble. “We want to involve communities everywhere and empower volunteer managers with resources to promote the real and profound value of volunteers in their organisations and in their communities.”
Emma Sharp, General Manager of Volunteer West, who also assists Volunteering Victoria in some of our program development work, is representing the west of Melbourne at this year’s Asia Pacific Volunteer Conference in Macau!
Sport and recreation is the number one sector for volunteering in Australia and Victoria – with all clubs and organisations in all codes at all levels relying heavily (or exclusively) on volunteers to function. However, very few clubs allocate the specific responsibility of recruiting and organising that critical asset to someone in the club.
Ebony moved to Melbourne from the Sunshine Coast eight years ago and has been volunteering with member organisation Wesley Mission Victoria for four years. She found out about the Kids Under Kanvas Program while completing her university studies. After meeting workers at Wesley Mission, Ebony decided to get involved and signed up to their volunteer program.Read more ›
A new report released by Save the Children Australia has found that there is a lack of credentialing for staff and volunteers who work with children in relief and recovery. The report Don’t Leave Me Alone: Protecting Children in Australian Disasters and Emergencies: Government Report Card on Emergency Management Planning said that the needs of children required special attention during disasters and emergencies to protect them from psychological as well as physical harm.Read more ›
Volunteering Victoria is again hosting a training session on recruiting, retaining and managing volunteers. For those who want practical guidance on how to find, keep and make the most of your volunteers.Read more ›