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How to say “No!” when volunteering to prevent burnout

How to say “No!” when volunteering to prevent burnout

Many volunteers passionately give their time and quickly put their hand up to say “Yes!”   The word “No” however, isn’t heard enough!  The more Yes’s there are, the smaller that Yes becomes until it is stretched so wide, that it lacks any depth of commitment.  A Yes that is meaningful is followed by a lot of No’s.  For example, the Yes made between two people at marriage is a powerful commitment of love that is kept by a No to all others.    

Unfortunately, “Yes” is too often the answer from generous volunteers when it should have been “No”. It’s all too easy to overestimate your capacity, keep others happy or just be caught up in the busyness of achievement.     

When volunteering your time and skills, learning the art of saying “No!” will enrich your “Yes!” and help prevent the chances of burnout.

To say No say – “That is a great idea. Unfortunately, I am already fully committed.”

To say No because you are busy at the moment – “I can do that IF it can be done later?”

To say No to something that is important – We need to do that. Who else has the availability and ability to do it?”

It can be hard to say “No!” but when you say No to all the distractions and extra’s, you are saying “Yes!” to things that you have committed to already.

 

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Queensland Country Credit Union

Manager VNQ

Organisation Goals and Values

We are proud supporters of our members and our communities. We support local not-for-profit organisations to raise funds for their organisations through local sponsorships and community schemes such as our Good for Good sponsorship program. We also encourage our staff to get involved in the community through volunteering. We have a reputation for being genuine, putting people first and bringing our best. We have been supporting people and helping communities achieve their goals and enrich their lives for nearly 50 years.

Opportunity Types

  • Individual Volunteers
  • Volunteer Teams

Opportunity Description

As an organisation servicing members throughout Queensland, we have staff located in the following locations: Aitkenvale, Atherton, Ayr, Beaudesert, Booval, Bowen, Brassall, Brisbane city, Cairns city, Caneland Central, Charters Towers, Collinsville, Deeragun, Earlville, Home Hill, Innisfail, Jimboomba, Magnetic Island, Mount Isa, Mount Pleasant, Smithfield, Stanthorpe, Townsville City, Virginia, Weipa, Willows, Yamanto.

At Queensland Country, we are big believers in supporting regional Queenslanders and the communities in which we operate. We believe we have a responsibility n duty to give back, and that being a good corporate citizen begins with making it possible for our employees to serve our communities actively. Every year, our employees receive up to 2 days of paid volunteer time for a through our Community Volunteer Program, lending their time and expertise to a not-for-profit charity or local community association of their choice. Employees can participate in a variety of activities such as spending time in schools, fundraising at community events, engaging in mentoring projects or dedicating their time to local community groups.

Skills

Our organisation is made up of a diverse team of people from all walks of life and wide-ranging life experiences. We recognise that our staff have preferences for the type of volunteering they get involved in. Internally we group this into three categories: a) Fostering, nurturing and caring b) Talent, skills and knowledge and c) Fundraising. Our staff are interested in all kinds of volunteering activities from animal rescue, conservation, numeracy and literacy assistance, Christmas gift wrapping, fixing teddy bears to name a few.

Details

When:

Where:

Volunteer Capacity:

Requirements & Training:

Other Info:

Week days. Ideally, a minimum of 4 hours and up to 2 days per employee, per financial year.

Indoors, outdoors, onsite, offsite – no unsafe environments.

Numbers available will depend on the day and location.

If Blue Cards, or Police checks and application forms are required, we will need to be provided at least 8 weeks notification to allow time for staff to apply and get clearance. Note: some staff already have these.

We request that:

• The work is carried out Monday to Friday during business hours • The activity is not considered high risk

• The organisation is not-for-profit

• The activity is recognised as beneficial to the community • The position is not replacing paid workers

• The position is covered by appropriate insurance cover for the particular activity.

We also like to encourage staff to share their volunteering stories, where appropriate, we encourage our staff to wear a Queensland Country polo shirt and take a photo.

We can provide photo consent forms if required. While volunteering, employees are expected to adhere to both Queensland Country’s Code of Conduct and any code of conduct or other requirements the volunteering organisation may require. While volunteering, employees are expected to adhere to both Queensland Country’s Code of Conduct and any code of conduct or other requirements the volunteering organisation may require. While volunteering, employees are expected to adhere to both Queensland Country’s Code of Conduct and any code of conduct or other requirements the volunteering organisation may require. While volunteering, our employees are expected to adhere to both Queensland Country’s Code of Conduct and any code of conduct or other requirements the volunteering organisation may require.

Clicking this button will require you to create/login into a ‘Volunteer Profile’ to complete your expression of interest.

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Learning Partnerships are providing a Volunteer Management and Board Ready 3-day program designed to enable a board or committee to work on their governance for real benefits and outcomes.

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Not-for-profit - Volunteer Involving Orginisations

NQ Cowboys Community Foundation

Organisation Goals and Values The Cowboys Community Foundation is a community-owned charity improving employment, health and social outcomes for young North Queenslanders through education-based programs.

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Sailability

Organisation Goals and Values Sailability Queensland facilitates sailing and boating through local Sailability Clubs in Queensland for the elderly, disabled or socially disadvantaged.Sailability is about

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Community Gro Inc

Organisation Goals and Values Community Gro believes in a safe and equitable community where everyone has the opportunity to lead fulfilling lives. Community Gro is

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Townsville Tennis

Organisation Goals and Values Enhance opportunities for junior and senior members to participate, develop and enjoy playing tennis.Develop the ancillary and playing facilities to attract

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Volunteering! Getting Started

Volunteering! Getting Started

Volunteering is a very rewarding experience and this free information session will help set you up to have a great experience. Whether you are new to volunteering (or not) the information in this session will boost your confidence in getting started and continuing to volunteer.

Information covered in the free session will include:

  • Your Rights & Responsibilities as a volunteer
  • Protections when volunteering (Insurance and Legislation)
  • Questions to ask the organisation before starting
  • Expectations of Volunteers and Organisations

What:     Information Session

When:    Thursday, 5th December 2019

                 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Where:   Volunteering North Queensland Training Room

Presenter

Shane Harris

Manager

Volunteering North Queensland

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Event Manager appointed to coordinate Volunteer Conference 2020

Event Manager appointed to coordinate Volunteer Conference 2020

Planning for the Volunteer Conference 2020 in Townsville is ramping up with the appointment of an Event Manager.  Tasked with enacting the vision of the Volunteer Management Committee and coordinating activities conducted by Volunteering North Queensland’s volunteer staff and the event volunteers, Kim Borkowski brings a wealth of experience to the role.

Kim has 20 years of experience in the events, entertainment and marketing industries in government departments and private enterprise. Her work includes being part of the team that delivered the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, Marketing and Promotions Officer at Barrier Reef Institute of TAFE and Event and Protocol Officer with Townsville City Council.

Kim is excited to bring Volunteering North Queensland’s conference vision to fruition in 2020 and beyond, as well as delivering other events throughout the year, to support volunteer managers and NFP organisations.

Kim has a long family history in Townsville and after years globetrotting and living in Sydney and on the Sunshine Coast, returned in 2013 with her husband and 2 children to be closer to family and friends.

Some Fun Facts about Kim:

  • Her 2 boys went to the same primary school as their great grandmother.
  • She hosted the Prime Minister of Australia during the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea Commemoration – do you know who our PM was at the time?
  • 2 x Australian Barefoot Waterski Champion (a very long time ago…)
  • She lived in Italy for 18 months – ragazza fortunata!
  • Jumped out of a plane 70 times!

We encourage anyone interested in attending the conference to sign up to receive updates as the program develops and guest speakers are announced NQ Volunteer Conference 2020 Updates

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Townsville Tennis

Manager VNQ

Organisation Goals and Values

Enhance opportunities for junior and senior members to participate, develop and enjoy playing tennis.
Develop the ancillary and playing facilities to attract further participation in tennis.
Enhance marketing and promotion of the association as the premier tennis facility in North Queensland.
Recruit, optimise and motivate an efficient range of volunteers to continually improve the sustainability of the Tennis Townsville.
Enhance the association’s income opportunities to ensure future sustainability.

Tennis is a game and it’s a passion; it’s an hour of fun and a lifetime commitment. It’s boys and girls, and it’s men and women; it’s all ages, all races, all people everywhere. It’s made for a sunburnt country, a sport we love so much we play it anywhere and everywhere- in the suburbs, in the bush, in the outback and even on rooftops. It’s everybody’s sport.
It is the wonderful world of Tennis, Australia’s favourite.

Opportunity Types

  • Individual Volunteers
  • In-kind Services
  • Sponsorship

Opportunity Description

Sponsorship opportunities are available for various Tournament Events and also Club events. This includes Naming Rights for:

  • Night Fixtures (each with a few hundred players each Season)
  • Adult Group Coaching (year round attracting up to one hundred new players)
  • Sunday Social (Year Round each week with up to 30 players mostly from the Public)
  • Cardio Tennis
  • Tennis Townsville Closed Tournament
  • North Queensland Age and Open Championships (with Australia wide players and a couple of hundred players)
  • Four Junior Programs (with up to two hundred enrolments each term)

Kiosk work of an evening includes tasks: Sports Administration,  Collecting fees, Selling drinks, Tracking attendance and scorecards

Learning to be a junior coach

Court supervisor on-line training for Volunteer Court supervisor position for Tournaments.

Skills

People skills for a social sporting fun air-conditioned environment.
Check-in and pay Point Of Sale
Court allocation with scorecards
Entering junior attendance into system each program

Details

When:

Where:

Volunteer Capacity:

Requirements & Training:

Monday, Tuesday or Thursday 6-10 of an evening for an 8 week Season

Saturday mornings 8- 11 for a 10 week term

Both indoor in air-conditioned kiosk and outdoors when required

Individuals

Blue Card working with children is free as a volunteer but required; Police check. Info and induction offered until Volunteer feels competent.

Clicking this button will require you to create/login into a ‘Volunteer Profile’ to complete your expression of interest.

Current Volunteering Opportunities

Event Opportunities

Upcoming Event Volunteering Opportunites The following list of events are currently providing volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups of volunteers to be involved through our

Read More »

Post Disaster Opportunities

Post Disaster Opportunities The following list of organisations are currently providing volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups of volunteers to be involved through our regular

Read More »

Corporate Volunteers & Services

Learning Partnerships Inc.

Learning Partnerships are providing a Volunteer Management and Board Ready 3-day program designed to enable a board or committee to work on their governance for real benefits and outcomes.

The program includes: Three days of workshops and four quarterly follow up coaching and mentoring sessions.

Read More »

Groups of Volunteers

Not-for-profit - Volunteer Involving Orginisations

NQ Cowboys Community Foundation

Organisation Goals and Values The Cowboys Community Foundation is a community-owned charity improving employment, health and social outcomes for young North Queenslanders through education-based programs.

Read More »

Sailability

Organisation Goals and Values Sailability Queensland facilitates sailing and boating through local Sailability Clubs in Queensland for the elderly, disabled or socially disadvantaged.Sailability is about

Read More »

Community Gro Inc

Organisation Goals and Values Community Gro believes in a safe and equitable community where everyone has the opportunity to lead fulfilling lives. Community Gro is

Read More »

Townsville Tennis

Organisation Goals and Values Enhance opportunities for junior and senior members to participate, develop and enjoy playing tennis.Develop the ancillary and playing facilities to attract

Read More »

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All Abilities Watersport Inc

Manager VNQ

Organisation Goals and Values

Our goal here at AAWS is to provide time on water for everyone with or with out a disability, we are about fun family and fitness in a safe secure environment. our members are the owners of the club so they have a real sense of belonging and can be involved in this inclusive sport, that provides the opportunity to be involved in the community.

Opportunity Types

  • Individual Volunteers
  • Volunteer Teams
  • In-kind Services
  • Partnerships
  • Sponsorship

Opportunity Description

Volunteering opportunities include individuals for helping set up for our family fundays. 

Tasks include:

  1. Setting up,
  2. Assisting people in and out of the water,
  3. On water observation.

There are a number of sponsorship opportunities we offer as a club and we love to work with and form partnerships with local business that’s a win win for both them and our club.

Skills

There is no specific skills required, how ever we do require people that have time and patience.

Details

When:

Where:

Volunteer Capacity:

Requirements & Training:

Other Info:

Our family fundays are run monthly from 6 am till 6 pm

Ross River behind Riverway

Individuals and Group volunteering.

Bluecard required

Volunteers must be financial members of our club to be covered by insurance ($5) per year

Volunteers play an important role for our club and we encourage anyone interested t come along have a chat and see what we are about.

Clicking this button will require you to create/login into a ‘Volunteer Profile’ to complete your expression of interest.

Current Volunteering Opportunities

Event Opportunities

Upcoming Event Volunteering Opportunites The following list of events are currently providing volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups of volunteers to be involved through our

Read More »

Post Disaster Opportunities

Post Disaster Opportunities The following list of organisations are currently providing volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups of volunteers to be involved through our regular

Read More »

Corporate Volunteers & Services

Learning Partnerships Inc.

Learning Partnerships are providing a Volunteer Management and Board Ready 3-day program designed to enable a board or committee to work on their governance for real benefits and outcomes.

The program includes: Three days of workshops and four quarterly follow up coaching and mentoring sessions.

Read More »

Groups of Volunteers

Not-for-profit - Volunteer Involving Orginisations

NQ Cowboys Community Foundation

Organisation Goals and Values The Cowboys Community Foundation is a community-owned charity improving employment, health and social outcomes for young North Queenslanders through education-based programs.

Read More »

Sailability

Organisation Goals and Values Sailability Queensland facilitates sailing and boating through local Sailability Clubs in Queensland for the elderly, disabled or socially disadvantaged.Sailability is about

Read More »

Community Gro Inc

Organisation Goals and Values Community Gro believes in a safe and equitable community where everyone has the opportunity to lead fulfilling lives. Community Gro is

Read More »

Townsville Tennis

Organisation Goals and Values Enhance opportunities for junior and senior members to participate, develop and enjoy playing tennis.Develop the ancillary and playing facilities to attract

Read More »

Couldn’t find something of interest here?  Find more opportunities by quick search!

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NQ Volunteer Conference 2020 Updates