On the 19th of February The Centre for Volunteering, in conjunction with the Department of Family and Community Services (NSW)(FACS), held the Sydney Leaders’ Forum at the International Convention Centre Sydney – ICC Sydney.

CEOs and decision makers from various organisations came together to explore the importance of volunteer involvement and volunteer management standards in the community.

Roberta Ryan, Director of the Institute of Public Policy and Governance, University of Technology Sydney, facilitated an Appreciative Enquiry Exercise to discover the myriad of stories highlighting good examples of volunteer management.

A panel discussion was then held to discuss the importance of volunteering, its social impact and some of the current barriers to involvement. The Panel, Patrick Kidd OBE, Chief Executive Officer, Invictus Games Sydney 2018; Richard Duncan, Head of Volunteering Services, Wesley Mission; and Savi Manii, Manager, Advice (NSW), Justice Connect, also held a Q&A session which allowed participants to further explore the experiences of the panel members.

To conclude the Forum guests were asked to show their commitment to The Statement of Principles for the Recognition of Volunteers and The National Standards for Volunteer Involvement.

Thank you to all those who generously gave their time to participate in this event, FACS for providing support to hold the event, and all those who attended who value the importance of volunteering and volunteers in our community.