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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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2019 Training & Networking Calendar

Networking Events

Volunteer Managers - VM Cafe's, Training & Networking

Training Sessions

Other Training

New Community Training Workshop Videos and PDF Resources

New Community Training Workshop Videos and PDF Resources

Did you miss out on our recent training workshops? Did you want to do another workshop happening at the same time?  Want to revisit some of the tips give in the workshop? Want to equip your team members?

We hope that the online resource that we’ve started will continue to help you and your team well beyond the training day event itself.

You can now find the following Video summaries online:

  • Grant Writing,
  • Team building,
  • Delegation Skills
  • Volunteer Trends 2018-19

You can also find all the PDF resources developed from the VM Café discussion groups including:

  • Volunteer Nurturing and Retention
  • Volunteer Induction Checklists
  • Communicating Vision to Volunteer Teams
  • Volunteer Team Building
  • Corporate and Group Volunteer Obstacles

This library of resources will continue to grow providing summaries from workshops at our training and networking events and is freely accessible to everyone for a limited time before becoming one of our membership benefits.

RESOURCES

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248% Growth in Networking & Training Events for Community Organisations

248% Growth in Networking & Training Events for Community Organisations

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Well, that’s a wrap for Volunteering North Queensland’s training and networking events for 2019 following the Better Together Breakfast and Workshops on the 10th of October 2019.  We couldn’t be happier with the connections that have been facilitated and the new knowledge attendees have received. 

The introduction of the three Better Together Breakfasts in 2019 with national and local professional keynote speakers was a success.  Keynote speakers Aaron Newman, CEO of QCCU, Andy Fryar, National Operations Manager of Better Impact Australia & New Zealand and Sarah Singh, Slater & Gordon Lawyers, each providing a unique insight into the volunteering community. 126 participants from across the NFP, Corporate and Government sectors took the opportunity to network and strengthen cross-sector relationships.

Additionally, a total of 29 training workshops were provided to 394 participants, which is a growth of 248% on 2018. We engaged professional speakers on a variety of identified needs in the community sector and moved from monthly workshops to three training events with concurrent workshops at the Mercure Townsville.  It’s our passion that these workshops will continue to equip and strengthen whole teams of staff and volunteers and serve as a training ground for new talents in community organisations.

Our passion for supporting Volunteer Managers, Volunteer Coordinators and Leaders of Volunteers continues as we hosted monthly networking and training opportunities throughout the year to connect, share ideas and learn.

If you missed any of these events, videos of workshops and resources for volunteer managers, coordinators and team leaders can now be accessed online anytime at www.vnq.org.au/resources

Planning for the 2020 Training calendar is now underway, and your feedback is valuable in determining how we can best serve you and your organisation.  We are interested in hearing from you what training you are interested here.   

If you are interested in talking more about how we can work together to provide training and networking opportunities in 2020 we would love to talk more with you. Please contact us here.

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Not-for-profit Volunteer Management & Board Ready Partnership Announcement

Not-for-profit Volunteer Management & Board Ready Partnership Announcement

An innovative sponsored program is set to deliver improved governance within the not-for-profit sector

Learning Partnerships RTO 31719 and Volunteer North Queensland (VNQ) have joined in an exciting partnership to provide much needed governance training through a Volunteer Management and Board Ready program for the Townsville community.

In recent times, not-for-profit organisations have experienced significant regulatory reform, and in the wake the unprecedented monsoonal event and economic downturn, it’s fair to say that good governance, volunteer management and a committee’s understanding of their roles and responsibilities has never been more important.

Miranda Hamilton, Managing Director at Learning Partnerships said “Good governance encourages new members into leadership positions, improves organisational efficiency, longevity and financial viability, as well as adding strength to an organisations applications for funding grants.”

The flexible three-day Volunteer Management and Board Ready Program is followed by quarterly mentoring sessions provided by Learning Partnerships and, 12-months of free volunteer referral services provided by VNQ.  Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance and on completion of the program workbooks, accredited with two nationally recognised units of competency; BSBWOR502 “Lead and Manage Effective Teams” and BSBGOV405 “Undertake the roles and responsibilities of a board or committee member”.

Gerard Byrne, governance specialist and program presenter explained “Good Governance is a passion for me. Through years of helping not-for-profits it is clear that we need to support groups with strategies and processes at the top for successful grant submissions and long-term sustainability”.

Shane Harris, Manager at Volunteering North Queensland said “This is a great opportunity for companies and business in Townsville to invest into the local community through sponsorship of a not-for-profit organisation’s participation in the program which will build their capacity for social impact.”  

Miranda Hamilton said “Learning Partnerships is excited to partner with VNQ.  We have a great synergy in vision and values for our community. Learning Partnerships are specialists in management and governance training and advisory services and, VNQ is a leading volunteer matching service, connecting individual, corporate and groups of volunteers with great volunteer experiences. 

Not-for-profit organisations wanting to participate in the program and corporates looking to sponsor community organisation can contact Learning Partnerships or VNQ via www.vnq.org.au/training/not-for-profit-volunteer-management-and-board-ready-program/

 

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The Last of Three Successful Better Together Breakfast in 2019

The Last of Three Successful Better Together Breakfast in 2019

Thursday, 10th of October will be the last of the three networking breakfasts we introduced this year.  We have been encouraged by the interest from not-for-profits, businesses, and governments eager to strengthen cross-sector connections.  We believe that it is through these connections, together, we will continue to build a better community!

The Keynote speaker, Sarah Singh from Slater & Gordon Lawyers, a Townsville local, is passionately involved in the community.  Sarah will be speaking about the benefits of volunteering for both the business and the employees that volunteer.  These insights will provide an understanding of the unique ROI a corporate volunteering program can bring to a business and its staff.  Not-for-profits will equally gain insight into the goals of corporate volunteering programs so mutually beneficial volunteering opportunities can be developed.

  

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7 Networking & Training Sessions to Strengthen your Community Organisation

7 Networking & Training Sessions to Strengthen your Community Organisation

Registrations are open for a range of great networking and training sessions being held on Thursday, 10th of October 2019.  Make connections and receive practical training that will strengthen your organisations capacity for social impact in our community.

The day starts with the last of three successful networking breakfast introduced this year that provide an opportunity to bridge the gap between the not-for-profit, business and government board rooms for the purpose of building partnerships.  The day continues with a range of training sessions with local professionals including marketing, grant writing, team building and volunteer recruitment strategies to equip staff and volunteers in community organisations and groups. 

Bring the whole team to the relevant sessions and let it be a catalyst for new ideas and a breathe of freshness to your organisation.  Contact us directly at manager@vnq.org.au to enquire about a discount for registering 5 or more participants from your organisation across any of the training sessions.

Keynote Speaker:    Sarah Singh, Slater & Gordon Lawyers

Topic:     Benefits of Corporate Volunteering

When:    7:15 am to 8:30 am

Where:   Mercure Townsville – Burdekin Room

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Facilitator:     Sarah Mathiesen, Harshmellow Media

When:    9:00 am to 12:30 pm – Catered morning tea

                6:00 pm to 8:30 pm – Catered savory platter on arrival

Where:   Mercure Townsville – Burdekin Room

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Facilitator:     Renee Madsen, Create & Evaluate

When:    9:00 am to 12:30 pm – Catered morning tea

                6:00 pm to 8:30 pm – Catered savory platter on arrival

Where:   Mercure Townsville – Eacham Room

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Facilitator:     Shane Harris, Volunteering North Queensland

When:    9:00 am to 12:30 pm – Catered morning tea

Where:   Mercure Townsville – Tinaroo Room

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Facilitator:     Shane Harris, Volunteering North Queensland

When:    AGM         6:00 pm to 6:30 pm – Catered savory platter on arrival

                Volunteer Trends         8:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Where:   Mercure Townsville – Tinaroo Room

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Membership, Services, Fees and Sustainability

Membership, Services, Fees and Sustainability

Membership

Membership renews annually on the 31st of July and is a partnership with Volunteering NQ’s vision to see a community rich in volunteers and volunteering.  During the 2018-19 year we:

  1. Successfully placed more than 1 volunteer every day and,
  2. Provide training and networking opportunities to 300+ participants

Membership is available to individuals and NFP organisations here.

Volunteer Referral Services

Our Volunteer Referral Services help to attract volunteers from new audience groups and reduce the administrative workload in listing new positions and follow up expressions of interest.  This service is a 12-month subscription renewing on the date of application and includes:

  1. Unlimited volunteer positions listed by Volunteering NQ staff into a national database accessible by potential volunteers at vnq.org.au, SEEK Volunteer and GoVolunteer.
  2. Proofing and creative feedback by Volunteering NQ staff on all volunteer positions descriptions.
  3. Volunteering NQ staff follow-up of all expressions of interest on your behalf immediately, and at 24-hour, 48-hour and 5 business day intervals via multiple methods of communication to maximise engagement of the potential volunteer and reduce the number of uncontactable volunteers.
  4. Volunteering NQ staff check the volunteer’s suitability based on the requirements of the position including background checks, licences and availability to reduce unsuitable referrals.

Our commitment to financial sustainability.

Volunteering NQ receives financial support from various funding bodies and is further supported through the contributions of our volunteer team.  Together, these significantly subsidise the costs of service.  Financial sustainability is important and multiple strategies, including membership fees, service fees and corporate partnerships are being developed to ensure Volunteering NQ continues well into the future. 

A 3-year plan commenced in 2018-19 with the introduction of a standalone Membership fee and tiered fee structure for Volunteer Referral Services.  Rolling service fee increases will follow up to 2020-21 to move our fees to a comparable level within the volunteer resource sector and reflect the continual improvements being made.

 

Corporate and Group Referral Services (New)

An organisational profile can be listed in Volunteering NQ’s exclusive Corporate & Group volunteering platform to both attract and request volunteers and services from Corporates and Groups.  Username and password access can be requested here to list your organisation and request referrals.

Premium Listings (Coming Soon)

Premium listings provide greater exposure and include 4 weeks of:

  1. A highlighted position with a limit of 4 concurrent premium listings
  2. Special mention at any Expo’s and Presentation’s attended during the premium listing
  3. Position card prominently displayed on search pages www.vnq.org.au/search
  4. One social media post on each of the following platforms: Facebook, Linked-In, Twitter and Instagram

Events Package (Under Development)     

A pro-rata 3-month subscription tailored for events looking to attract volunteers for one-off opportunities is under development to provide Volunteer Referral Services, access the Corporate and Group Volunteering platform and event volunteer database.  

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Volunteer Conference for North Queensland Announced

Volunteer Conference for North Queensland Announced

The recent announcement of a $50,000 State Government grant to help hold a North Queensland Volunteering Conference in Townsville next year has been received with excitement at Volunteering North Queensland (VNQ). As North Queensland’s leading Volunteer Referral and Community Training Centre, VNQ will coordinate the conference in conjunction with a committee of volunteers. In the main, it will be volunteers organising a volunteer conference for volunteers!

Shane Harris, Manager at Volunteering North Queensland, said “This conference has been a long-term goal of VNQ that has come to fruition largely through the persistent and dedicated volunteer efforts of our President, Margie Ryder.”

“Following the mammoth contribution of volunteers to their communities during this year’s unprecedented flooding events in Townsville and North West Queensland, we believe this conference is an important part of building resilience and avoiding volunteer burnout.  We are thankful the grant will enable us to bring together the grassroots volunteers from all over North and North West Queensland to connect, train, and rejuvenate their motivation to continue their vital volunteering support, without which our communities would suffer,” Shane said.

The conference will be held in Townsville over three days in May or June 2020 providing motivation, tools and support through inspiring speakers, training sessions and practical workshops.

Shane said “While it’s early days yet, we encourage everyone interested, whether they are currently volunteering or not, to sign up to receive updates as the program develops and guest speakers are announced at www.vnq.org.au/volunteer-conference.”

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Congratulations 2019 NQ Volunteer of the Year Award Recipients!

Congratulations 2019 NQ Volunteer of the Year Award Recipients!

Volunteers throughout our community were acknowledged at the National Volunteer Week celebrations on 20th May with these four exemplary individuals being honoured as recipients of the individual 2019 NQ Volunteer of the Year Awards.

Heart of Volunteering – Lori Langford, Northern Townsville Community Hub
Lori volunteers at NOTCH 5 days a week and has quickly become an integral part of the team. Her commitment to the centre and the community knows no limits as she can be relied upon to contribute extra hours in response to the demand on the NOTCH services wearing many hats such as cleaner, flood recovery worker, child minder, events coordinator and social media advocate all whilst providing much needed emotional support. With her dedication and commitment NOTCH has been able to add regular monthly events to their calendar, many of which are coordinated by Lori. 

Youth Volunteering Award – Lachlan Dent, St Vincent De Paul Society
Lachlan’s passion for creating quality experiences for disadvantaged children has been an integral contribution to the Buddies Day and Kids Camp Programs.  His compassion, leadership and enthusiasm for providing an inclusive environment where children have the opportunity to enjoy sports, days out and other quality activities enables participants to have fun, build self-esteem and make friends. He is a true role model not only to the children whose lives he helps shape but also to the other volunteers who he regularly encourages and empowers to follow their own leadership journey.

Volunteer Impact Award – Rhiannon Hall, Happy Feat
Rhi fosters an inclusive environment and strives to keep ‘Happy Featers’ engaged through her fun and fresh choreography.  Rhi’s ability and focus on tailoring her teaching for varying levels of mobility and concentration as well as her unwavering commitment contributes significantly to participant’s self-esteem and providing them with rich social engagement.

Volunteer Achievement Award – Allen Bishop, Ozcare Villa Vincent
Allen’s extraordinary commitment to volunteering suits him down to the ground as he’s kept busy and that’s the way he likes it!  From avian husbandry and assisting the diversional therapist to creating a warm and welcoming environment to the residents, Allen’s innovative and detail oriented approach contributes greatly to the Villa Vincent family.

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Making a world of difference – 6 million reasons to celebrate NVW!

Making a world of difference – 6 million reasons to celebrate NVW!

6 million amazing Australians volunteer their time!  Volunteers contribute an estimated $290 billion to the national economy annually, yielding a 450% return for every dollar invested. Worldwide, it is estimated there are 1 billion volunteers, the equivalent of 109 million full-time employees.

Imagine the world of difference these 6 million volunteers make in the lives of individuals, organisations and communities across all areas of Australian society, from the arts, education, emergency services, sports and environment to health, community welfare, aged care and disability services.

Could the staggering figures above suggest that volunteering is a positive experience to have so many volunteers giving so generously of their time? Definitely, according to Volunteering Australia’s State of Volunteering in Australia report that found 93% of volunteers reported positive outcomes as a direct result of their voluntary participation. The benefits of helping others are numerous. To name just a few, volunteering provides purpose, a sense of self-worth, social connection, increased health and well-being, as well as development of skills that can provide a pathway to employment.

From 20–26 May 2019, thousands of events will be held across the country to say thank you to the volunteers making a world of difference.

On the 20th of May 2019, we will acknowledge the many volunteers in North Queensland.  The celebration includes ‘shout outs’ to some amazing volunteer teams throughout an evening of entertainment concluding with announcements and presentations of the 2019 North Queensland Volunteer of the Year award recipients.

Will there be Lego again at this year? Absolutely! What will your team make?

Find out more about the North Queensland NVW celebrations at https://www.vnq.org.au

#NVW2019 #VNQ

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