Tobi Johnson from Tobi Johnson & AssociatesFocused, Formidable, and Fearless : This is Your Leadership Call to Action
In the past year, we have witnessed a global groundswell of participation and activism. People around the world have taken to the streets to express their views for a more just and inclusive world. Citizens of all ages are seeking new and inspired ways to make a difference, particularly around the issues they care most about.
But, what if these passionate agents of change find no home? What if they encounter organisations that devalue their potential and disrespect staff who support them? What if barriers to service prove to be insurmountable?
As leaders of volunteers, we can’t let this opportunity pass us by. We have more power than we realise. It’s time we held our organisations accountable for the volunteer talent that fuels their missions. It’s time to advocate for investments and environments where both employee and volunteer can flourish in partnership.
In this session, Tobi will present thought-provoking and challenging ideas about leadership from within organisations. Now, more than ever, volunteer managers must become formidable advocates for volunteers and volunteer services. It’s time to stand up and be counted!
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Victor Lee & Tracey Middleton from Communiteer
Collaboration Across The Sector : A Shared Talent Pool of VolliesWith the tightening of our funding environment, not-for-profit organisations need to collaborate with one another to yield better efficiencies and to share resources. Imagine a shared talent pool of volunteers between Volunteer Involving Organisations across all industries. An online community that is accessible by Volunteer Managers, Volunteers and Volunteer Support Services alike. A space that reflects the diversity of skills and depth of experience available across our sector and make them more accessible. In this presentation, the Co-Founders of Communiteer will share the factors that contribute to and support successful collaboration online. They will also showcase examples and case studies from existing volunteering activities taking place on their virtual volunteering program at www.communiteer.org.
Workshop – Andy Fryar from Better Impact Repositioning Volunteer ManagementSouth Wharf (Main Plenary Room) Volunteering continues to morph and change, but has the leadership of volunteers kept up? Join Andy as he explores the evolution of volunteer management and challenges participants to think differently about where the profession should be heading.
Workshop – Cassie Morris & Melissa Phillbrook from 3 Bridges Community Inclusive Volunteering : It’s Good Business, It’s Crucial for the FutureParkview Rooms 1 & 2 In this presentation, we will demonstrate that it is crucial volunteer involving organisations do not sideline potential volunteers because they present with barriers. We will look at the State of Volunteering in Australia Report 2016, other key research and census statistics that suggest the need for organisations to ensure that their volunteer management processes are inclusive and that individuals wishing to engage in volunteering (with varying abilities), are given appropriate assistance and attention to be enables to contribute to their community. In order to acknowledge and fully utilise the contributions of all potential volunteers; we will suggest that an evolution in organisations volunteer recruitment and management practices are needed, to ensure all volunteers are adequately supported and encouraged. During this presentation we will demonstrate effective strategies on how that can be achieved.
Workshop – Laura Goddard from Leep The Changing Face of Australian Volunteerism : Building Innovation Through Digital InclusionParkview Rooms 3 & 4 The volunteering landscape within Australian Communities is shifting. The diverse and varied motivations that compel individuals to volunteer their time and skills has been widely acknowledged, and volunteering is increasingly being recognised as a mutually beneficial act. Many individuals wishing to volunteer are seeking opportunities that meet their own needs and fit within demanding personal and professional schedules. This diverse volunteer pool demands new ways of thinking and planning for volunteer engagement that fosters social, economic and digital inclusion for volunteers and communities alike. Workshop participants will be invited to consider how they involve volunteers in the imagining of roles within their organisations, and provided with space to workshop ideas that build and enhance volunteer leadership. Ultimately, this workshop will consider how organisations that adapt, create roles that harness volunteer leadership and embrace digital inclusion can strengthen their ability to build and activate volunteer programs – future proofing the support they offer to their community.
Plenary – Dr Kirsten Holmes from Curtin University & Dr Debbie Haski-Leventhal from Macquarie Graduate School of Management How To Identify Potential New Volunteers12noon – 12.30pm – South Wharf (Main Plenary Room) Why do people choose not to volunteer? How can we help more Australians to volunteer in the future? This presentation launches an exciting and new Convertibility instrument or tool, which calculates an individual’s likelihood to volunteer. The Creating and Sustaining a Strong Future for Volunteering in Australia project, which is funded by the Australian Research Council, has developed an online instrument based on an extensive national research project of non-volunteers. The instrument uses a small number of questions to calculate an individual’s likelihood to volunteer. It will be of particular use to organisations in targeting their volunteer recruitment effectively.
Tobi Johnson from Tobi Johnson & Associates
Empowerment From the Inside Out : How To Mount An Internal Advocacy Campaign For Volunteers and Volunteer Services
South Wharf (Main Plenary Room)
Volunteers are the lynchpins of success for many organisations and should be treated as such. Unfortunately, many agencies make little or no meaningful investment in supporting and empowering their volunteers. It’s time for volunteers and volunteer managers to get the respect they deserve, and it all starts with you.
Transformations can take place in how organisations approach resourcing their volunteer initiatives, but it takes advanced leadership skills to bring about deep change.
In this lively, hands-on workshop, Tobi will build upon the themes shared in her keynote and provide a framework for converting theory into action. She will share a step-by-step strategy for mounting an internal camping of influence grounded in theory and practical application.
You can become a powerful advocate for our field, and she will show you how! Participants will also get access to a workbook to plan and execute their strategy.
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