Meet our Volunteer Project Partnerships

Funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services, our Project Partnerships Program offers support to eligible organisations for digital projects designed to build the capacity of volunteer-involving organisations and volunteer managers to meaningfully engage with diverse groups. In this round, a funding pool of up to $400,000 was available. After reviewing many fantastic applications, we are excited to announce the successful Project Partners.

Congratulations to:

Breaking New Ground

Funding: $27,500

A strong supporter of the sector, Breaking New Ground (BNG) has spent the past two decades supporting NGOs in their compliance and governance.

Now, they will partner with The Centre to pilot access for small to medium volunteer-involving organisations, so they can build capacity for meaningful engagement with diverse volunteers.


Funding: $50,100

A successful knowledge-based business delivering project management expertise, Collappor8 has tripled in size since they first began operations.

As a Project Partner, they will develop 6 training modules and 6 vlogs in support of volunteer-involving organisations and their managers increasing Youth participation, including for Youth with Disability. These resources include general strategies, recruitment and retention, essential organisational know-how and more.

Kids Giving Back

Funding: $51,632

Founded in 2012, Kids Giving Back is all about giving young Australians the opportunity to volunteer in meaningful, hands-on programs.

Through the support delivered by this program, they will be able to create a video showcasing diverse Youth perspectives on Youth volunteering, which will be accompanied by a visual summary of the consultation process and an Evaluation Summary Report with key findings to be shared with the sector.

The Neighbourhood Centre

Funding: $50,150

The Neighbourhood Centre has been supporting the local community and beyond since 1976, with a mission to bring people together with respect, integrity, equality and inclusion.

Collaborating with volunteer-involving organisations, potential volunteers and stakeholders, The Neighbourhood Centre will draw on their Project Partnership to create resources addressing the challenges to meaningful engagement with diverse volunteers.

Topics will include communication across language barriers, presentation, time-management, preparation for interviews and more.

South Eastern Community Centre

Funding: $87,000

At the South Eastern Community Connect, they “remind people they are never alone” by providing quality services and programs for the community.

Their success with Project Partnerships means they can now develop catalogue of social media content and online training resources intended to inspire people who are unemployed to choose volunteering. Being user-friendly, they will be adaptable for use by volunteer-involving organisations and managers across the sector.

Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation

Funding: $87,625

Active since 1986, the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation is one of the largest kids’ health charities in the country.

Now a Project Partner, they will be able to create a series of 8 online modules designed to educate, support and upskill volunteer managers in volunteer-involving organisations, structured around the National Standards for Volunteer Involvement.

Each monthly module will consist of a video webinar and a downloadable E-module resource.

University of Technology Sydney

Funding: $32,400

The University of Technology Sydney is committed to supporting the economic, social and cultural prosperity of their communities.

Powered by the Project Partnership Program, they will produce 3 online modules guiding volunteer managers and volunteer-involving organisations to inspire and engage volunteers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, especially new migrants and international volunteers.

These modules will include Power of Volunteering, Social Integration through Volunteering, and Pathways to Employment.


Funding: $40,000

Voluntas is a free conflict resolution service which provides volunteer mediators for volunteer organisations.

With their Project Partnership support, they will develop 4 online training modules for the industry, with topics including 1) Negotiation for Volunteers and Volunteer Managers, 2) Conflict Management Skills for Volunteers and Volunteer Managers, 3) Mediation fundamentals for the Volunteering Sector, and 4) Having the Hard Conversations in the Volunteer Sector.


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