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Issue no 5, July 2009
The Centre's Volunteering Development Conference will centre around the theme Volunteering: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, with plenary sessions and workshops focusing on:
National Standards + Project management + National Strategy + State Plan + Engaging youth and corporates + Training + Volunteer recruitment and retention + Insurance + Incorporation + Legal/compliance issues + Stress management + Time management + Dispute resolution + Cultural awareness + Disability awareness
The Volunteering Development Conference will provide the opportunity for individuals and organisations to develop take-home skills in developing volunteering as a resource, discuss current issues within the community sector, and foster useful contacts in the industry.
Further details including a detailed program and delegate costs will be advised in the coming weeks.
Please set the 17–18 September 2009 aside in your diary...
Let's develop volunteering in NSW together!
Volunteering in the media
Volunteering has been a popular topic of discussion in the media this month:
National Volunteer Week 2009: Wrap-up
Read about some of the events and activities organisations around Australia got up to on National Volunteer Week. MORE
Video Volunteers on YouTube
YouTube has launched Video Volunteers, which hopes to connect not-for-profit organisations with skilled video makers who can help them broadcast their causes through video. MORE
Volunteering reports and guides
Keep up-to-date with the latest volunteering research and good practice guides:
Embrace diversity amongst your volunteers
Volunteering WA has created an e-learning resource for volunteer managers focusing on disability awareness, work place access, and recruitment of volunteers. MORE
CEO visits Saudi Arabia for the Global Forum for Volunteer Work
The Centre's CEO, Lynne Dalton, recently participated in the Global Forum of Volunteer Work, third sector in Abha, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, under the patronage of H.R.H. Prince Faisal bin Khaled bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud, the Governor of Asir province. Read her entertaining report about the dramas she encountered getting to Saudi Arabia. MORE
Participate in mapping Australia's Social Enterprise Sector
Australia's social enterprise sector has never been mapped in Australia, but QUT and Social Traders are seeking to change that by conducting a national online survey of businesses that trade for a social purpose in October 2009. The results of will be compiled into a searchable public database to help the sector network and build its identity, and make ethical purchasing a lot easier. MORE
Impossible is now a dare. The Rescue
Tuesday, 21 July 2009, 2pm–4pm
This Networking Session will help you identify the key areas to assist in development of a promotional/fundraising strategy and will be led by The Centre's new Manager: Marketing, Fundraising and Partnerships, Sam Naja. It will cover:
O'Brien or phone 02 9261 3600 to RSVP.
Carer Focus Groups
The NSW Department of Disability, Ageing and Home Care is holding focus groups across NSW to speak with carers about self-directed funding. Attendees must receive DADHC services directly or through an NGO service. Meetings will be held on: 14 July (Gosford), 16 July (Lismore), and 20 July (Wollongong). To be a part of the focus groups phone Wendy Wride from The Allen Consulting Group on
02 8272 5100 or email email@example.com
UNSW Volunteer Work Expo
UNSW is delighted to offer the annual Volunteer Work Expo on Thursday, 13 August. Are you a not-for-profit organisation seeking volunteers? Promote your volunteering opportunities to UNSW students from all faculties in all years. MORE
Find out how the School of Volunteer Management can assist your organisations to maximise its potential through the provision of high quality volunteer management education and training activities. Visit www.svm.edu.au
The Commission has developed the Being Child-safe Child-friendly workshop for all organisations that work with children and young people, including welfare, child care, education, sports, recreation and arts. At this workshop you will gain hands-on experience in working with the Commission's Child-safe Child-friendly checklists and templates and learn how they can be adapted for your organisation’s needs and strengths. Download workshop flyer and registration form
2009 NSW Volunteer of the Year Award
The 2009 NSW Volunteer of the Year Award is now open for nominations for Individual, Team and Employee volunteers. Nominations close 30 September 2009. Nominate online today
2009 Volunteer Administrator Award of Excellence
Not-For-Profit Network Awards
These Awards recognise people, projects, partnerships and organisations who exemplify best practice in the not-for-profit sectors in Australia and New Zealand. Entries close on 4 August. MORE
The Centre for Membership: Renew today
The Centre for Volunteering's membership year ended on 30 June 2009. You can renew your membership for the 2009/10 financial year by completing the online membership renewal form or returning your payment with your invoice.
If you have any questions or concerns about your membership, please email Lynne Dalton or phone on 02 9261 3600.
Got a volunteer position that you need filled? Send the VRS your volunteer job description so it can find you your next volunteer!
The most time-consuming issues NFP members encounter when conducting internal volunteer recruitment are the number of unsuitable and unqualified people who apply, and the time needed to review applications and perform first-round interviews. This is where the VRS can help. Tell the VRS what volunteer jobs you need filled by completing the online Volunteer Job Advertisement Form (fill out a new form for each new job, make sure that your organisations insurances are up-to-date and that you have good processes in place to respond to potential volunteer enquiries).
The Centre welcome Sam Naja as Manager: Marketing, Fundraising and Partnerships, a newly developed role which includes developing and planning fundraising strategies; developing member partnerships; building corporate partnerships and maintaining various stakeholder relationships.
Sam has a multi-disciplinary background ranging from volunteering to marketing and executive management of community services and NFP organisations. He has worked with varying levels of private businesses as well as services ranging from community based and national bodies to organisations with global presence, and large Government organisations. Sam’s most recent roles included Executive Management of a Migrant Resource Centre, and Marketing & Fundraising manger for International Aid & Development NGO.
Jacqui Hastings commenced as Communications Coordinator for The Centre for Volunteering on 27 May 2009. Jacqui has worked in marketing roles within corporates, small business and not-for-profit organisations over the last 15 years, and currently teaches marketing and business subjects within TAFE. Her roles have focused on public relations, marketing services, and strategic planning.
Jacqui holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, Advanced Marketing Certificate (TAFE), a Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment and is currently studying a Management Diploma. Jacqui is keen to work with the new Marketing and Communications team, and staff at The Centre for Volunteering to advance volunteering across NSW. Jacqui can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Fundraising Institute of Australia and The Centre for Volunteering co-hosted the Charity Awareness Week at Parliament House during National Volunteer Week.
The Charity Week Volunteer Recognition Reception was an opportunity for organisations to recognise and say thank you for the wonderful assistance received from their many volunteers.
The Centre for Volunteering chose Sally Jordan as its volunteer representative to represent the many volunteers who assist The Centre every week. Sally was presented with a Certificate of Recognition by Hon Kevin Green in appreciation of the significant services provided by all the volunteers they represent.
Corporate Volunteering Day: Stockland caring for kids
The Stockland IT Project team recently spent the day volunteering at a school for children with special needs. The school caters for 63 students aged between 4 and 18, with varying levels of intellectual and physical disabilities. Students arrive from all over the Sydney thanks to a complex system of buses and taxis that run like clockwork to get the children to and from the school on time. MORE
Youth Program Report: May–June 2009
The Youth Volunteering Program staff, including super SCIP volunteer Angela O'Connell, ran a SCIP seminar for Georges River College – Penshurst Girls Campus Year 9 girls. Students were entertained by a a variety of organisations including Invisible Children, Youth Challenge Australia and St John Ambulance. Thank you to the teachers and presenters for making these seminars successful. A special thank you to careers advisor Tanya Bergmann for her inspiring words and continued efforts on the student volunteering program at the school.
The Youth Volunteering Program staff also gave a presentation about volunteering to Pymble Ladies' College's Year 12. The students were encouraged to connect with their community through volunteering as they transition out of high school.
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