Articles and Viewpoints

The Voice March 2017 : CEO's Message

YOU CAN’T ALWAYS MEASURE THE VALUE OF VOLUNTEERING – THANK GOODNESS     This week I was intrigued to read a news story urging people NOT to ... more
29 Mar

Our response to the redesign of the SARC program

Here is the The Centre for Volunteering’s input on the redesign of the SARC program. more
24 Oct

What's been recommended by the NSW Council of Social Service for the FY17-18 NSW budget?

NCOSS (NSW Council of Social Service) has prepared an economic vision for the State Government to consider in its preparations for next year’s FY18 budget. Learn ... more
12 May

Federal Budget 2016 & the Volunteering Sector

Wondering if the Federal Budget 2016 impacted the volunteering sector? Although this year's budget was described as 'dull' and 'boring', once you went through the ... more
6 Apr

Barriers need to be removed, Volunteering Australia report shows

New Volunteering Australia data released today confirms that volunteering rates in NSW and across Australia are under pressure and those organisations need to ... more

Is conflict in volunteering commonplace?

In the 2011 National Survey on Volunteering Issues, Volunteering Australia  reported that in Australia 10% of volunteers had a poor relationship with organisation ... more

Member Spotlight - Riding for the Disabled NSW

This month, we shine the light on Riding for the Disabled NSW Tall Timbers Centre and spoke to their administrator, Kerry Souter, about their organisation. &nbs... more

What are the Finance and Governance Pressures facing the Australian NFP Sector?

Below are 10 of key findings from the Institute of Community Directors  2015 Not-For-Profit Finance & Governance Insights Report. Some of the key findings ... more

Volunteer Manager Spotlight - Colin Henson, Human Resources Manager, Adssi HomeLiving Australia

Colin Henson has more than 30 years’ experience leading and managing volunteers, with extensive qualifications in  business, human resources, community sector ... more

Member Spotlight - FOCUS on Families

Focus on Families (FOCUS) has been helping new parents in the Macarthur region for two decades.  FOCUS supports families by linking them with a trained volunteer ... more

Set The Tone

Guest Post by Dale Rees-Bevan People generally understand that starting a presentation with both a smile and an engaging introduction is a good way to get – ... more

Member Spotlight – Good360 Australia

Good360 Australia matches businesses and individual donors to charities and Not-For-Profits, and redistributes excess non-perishable goods that range from high ... more

Member Spotlight: Frontier Services

Frontier Services provides community support and recovery, volunteering and pastoral support to people in remote Australia. This includes: Short-term ... more

Member spotlight: Beehive Industries, Darlinghurst

Our Volunteer Referral Service is always a hive of activity so it was fitting that one of our VRS volunteers visited a new member, Beehive Industries, to help them ... more

Outcomes of Volunteering a community conversation in NSW

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Volunteering: Community conversation and workshops held over the last month or so. The findings are in so download ... more

Understanding the Capacity of Youth in the Volunteering Context

Not-for-profit organisations have the opportunity to tap into the special skills and unique mindset that young people can bring as volunteers today. Youth in the ... more

A Youth Volunteer perspective

Thank you Emily and Genevieve, two lovely young people who volunteered with us, for all their great work, skills, energy, creativity and honesty. The following article shares their insights and feedback on volunteering. Article by Genevieve and Emily - youth volunteers As far as I was ... more

An open letter to The Hon. Scott Morrison

Dear Minister Concerns regarding DSS tender for social services - volunteering On behalf of the NSW Volunteer Centre network and the 2000-plus member organi... more

Volunteers too old to help? Up to the insurance company....

THEY contribute $5 billion to the NSW economy each year, but the state’s volunteers are being forced into early retirement because some insurers refuse to cover ... more

Authenticity and the Volunteer Journey

Our final Panel Session for the year is entitled 'Authenticity and the Volunteer Journey', with Authors Rosalind (Shoshana) Brenner and Marc Marusic, both long-term ... more

Internships versus Volunteering - 5 ways to tell the difference

One of the most common questions we’re asked by our member organisations with a role to fill is if there is a difference between internships and volunteer ... more

Today finding volunteer work is very similar to finding paid work

When looking for a volunteer role, it is important to consider many things: Type of Organisation Location Time commitment Skills Required Experience ... more
5 May

Meet a Volunteer Manager: Nicci Lindemann, Radio 2RPH

Nicci works at Radio 2RPH; the initials RPH stand for Radio for the Print Handicapped of NSW. 2RPH provides a radio reading service for people who cannot see, ... more
5 May

Meet Nicola from Hurstville Library, Museum gallery and Entertainment Centre

With an increasing demand from youth looking to volunteer (many as part of school programs such as the Duke of Edinburgh Program and the Premiers Volunteering ... more
5 May

Meet Barbara Berman, Volunteer Coordinator at Twilight Aged Care

Who is Barbara Berman? Barbara is the Volunteer Coordinator for Twilight Aged Care. She oversees the four different Twilight Aged Care houses in Beecroft, ... more