The finalists for Excellence in Volunteer Management have been narrowed to three. They are:

  • Royal Rehab Volunteer Services
  • UTS Shopfront, The University of Technology, Sydney
  • Judith Beeny, Cerebral Palsy Alliance

The winner will be revealed at the 2016 NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards gala ceremony on December 2.

Chief Executive Officer of The Centre for Volunteering, Gemma Rygate, said volunteers improve people’s lives by helping out and keeping people connected to their community.

“In NSW about 2.3 million people volunteer each year,” Ms Rygate said.

“Behind every successful volunteer program, there is an effective volunteer manager.

“This unseen work is crucial in making the experience successful so that the volunteer, organisation and community benefit from the time given by volunteers.”

“These organisations demonstrate effective volunteer management practices are embedded in their operations including orientation, training, support, reward and recognition, as well as adopting the National Standards for Volunteer Involvement,” Ms Rygate said.

The Patron of the Volunteer Awards is The Hon Mr John Ajaka, The Minister for Ageing, Disability Services and Multiculturalism who is also responsible for volunteering.

“These awards are an opportunity to uncover and celebrate the great achievements of volunteers and volunteer managers across NSW,” Minister Ajaka said.

“The NSW Government is proud to sponsor these awards because we understand the profound social and economic value of volunteering. The important work of volunteers and the behind-the-scenes volunteer managers deserves our recognition,” he said.

ClubsNSW CEO Anthony Ball said the club industry was proud to be Principal Partners of the 10th Annual NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards.

“On behalf of our 1300 member clubs, we are very proud to support this Awards program which shines a spotlight on the 2.3 million volunteers in NSW.

“Clubs across NSW rely upon over 32,000 volunteers to assist in their operations to provide services to members and their local communities.

“Through a myriad of opportunities, volunteers in the club industry dedicate over one million hours of their time per year, and we are incredibly proud of the part they play in building and strengthening our local communities.”

Twenty regional Volunteer of the Year Awards ceremonies were held around the state, in addition to the Excellence in Volunteer Management Award Ceremony.

All regional winners plus the finalists in the volunteer management and corporate volunteering categories will be in the running for the 2016 Volunteer of the Year Awards, which are announced at a gala event on Friday 2 December to coincide with International Volunteer Day (celebrated world-wide on December 5).

The Volunteer of the Year Awards are generously supported by principal partners the NSW Department of Family and Community Services, and ClubsNSW, the industry body which represents the state’s 1300 not-for-profit clubs, as well as Bupa Aged Care.