The Centre for Volunteering is the peak body in NSW promoting and supporting volunteering and community participation.
The Centre for Volunteering includes Volunteering NSW - our service-delivery
arm, and the School of Volunteer Management, a registered training organisation.
We connect people and organisations in order to enrich our community. We achieve
this through referral, training, resource development, information and education
services to help people get involved in their communities, and enhance the
capacity and skills of not-for-profit organisations, corporations and government
to become involved in the community.
Our key program areas reflect our focus as a peak body. They include:
- Volunteer referral
- Corporate volunteering
- Engaging young people through student community involvement (SCIP)
- Research and policy
- Accredited and non-accredited training
- Information and communication
core business and objectives are to:
- Develop and deliver high quality mission-focused programs.
- Strengthen our peak agency role and key relationships.
- Attract, serve and retain members.
- Ensure a strong and sustainable financial base.
- Clarify, develop and communicate our brand, who we are and what
- Attract, develop and retain good staff.
- Be guided by key governance issues.
The Centre employs 12 staff and involves
more than 100 volunteers delivering services, programs, training and information
to not-for-profit organisations and people wishing to volunteer.
As one of the most established volunteer bodies in Australia, our track
record spans over 30 years. Just some of these achievements include:
- Establishment of the Student Community Involvement Program
(SCIP) which began as a model of services to school students more than
15 years ago.
- Initiator of the first conference on volunteering in 1985
- Creation of the 'V' logo with designer Tony Lunn, now an international
symbol of volunteering and adopted by the International Association of
Volunteer Effort (IAVE).
- Played a key role in the establishment of a federal body, Volunteering
- Joint lobbying for Volunteer Centres and 10 regional Volunteer Referral
Agencies (VRAs) across Australia to receive the first ever federal funding
for the effective support and management of volunteers.
- Establishment of the first training body focused on the application
of best practice principles in volunteer management around Australia
- the School of Volunteer Management.
- Part of the Sydney 2000 Olympic & Paralympic Games Volunteer Advisory
Committee to advise on the best practice policy, recruitment and management
of volunteers for the Olympics.
- Played a key role in the UN-designated International Year of Volunteers
- Establishment of the Sydney Major Events Pool – a group of volunteers
involved in events - with support from the NSW Premier's Department.
- Launch of the 2005 Future Visions Young Filmmakers' Competition, part
of the SCIP program encouraging young people to 'get involved'.
- Launched and run the first ever State-wide volunteer recognition program open to all volunteers in NSW - the NSW Volunteer of the Year Award, now in its seventh year.