More than 300 volunteer leaders to turn out for 2024 Volunteering NSW State Conference

  • More than 300 volunteer leaders from across NSW are expected to come together for the 2024 Volunteering NSW State Conference.
  • Virtual events will also be held in four regional centres to help volunteer managers and leaders from volunteer involving organisations participate in the event.
  • Scholarships are available to support attendance in Sydney and at the regional events.

Volunteer leaders from across NSW are being urged to register for the 2024 Volunteering NSW State Conference and join the conversation about the future of the sector across the state.

The conference is held each year for volunteer managers and leaders to come together and discuss opportunities to grow the sector, solutions to common barriers to volunteering, and the future trends in volunteering.

More than 300 volunteering professionals from 200 organisations are expected to take part in this year’s conference which is being held in Sydney on Thursday June 6.

Volunteer managers from regional NSW can also join the conference at one of the virtual live events, helping to boost participation, professional development, and networking opportunities.

The four regional live events are being held at:

  • Broken Hill
  • Orange
  • Tamworth; and
  • Wagga Wagga.

Scholarships are available to help volunteer managers from regional areas to attend the conference at either the Sydney or regional events.

The Centre for Volunteering CEO Gemma Rygate said volunteer leaders and managers were crucial to the ongoing growth and success of the sector.

“More than 4.3 million people volunteer in NSW each year, contributing a staggering $178 billion in social and economic benefits,” Ms Rygate said.

“The volunteering workforce is larger than any other across the state.

“It’s volunteer managers who turn up each week to make sure the support and structures are in place for those volunteers,” Ms Rygate said.

“The Volunteering NSW State Conference provides networking, professional development and capacity building for volunteer managers.

The 2024 Volunteering NSW State Conference is open to both paid and unpaid volunteer managers, as well as leaders from volunteer-involving organisations and the community sector.

NSW Minister responsible for Volunteering Jodie Harrison and leading Australian journalist Annabel Crabb will be speaking at this year’s event. The theme of the conference is Volunteering is For All of Us. Other key topics will include:

  • Leadership and Stewardship of Volunteering
  • Innovation, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Valuing and Repositioning Volunteering
  • Health, Safety and Dispute Resolution.

“We’re making it easier for leaders of Volunteers in regional areas to access the benefits from the conference by opening up live virtual events at four key sites in regional NSW and providing scholarships to help cover costs.”

The conference will be held on Thursday 6 June at the Amora Jamison Sydney.