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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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4 North Queensland Awards – Nominations Open Now!

4 North Queensland Awards – Nominations Open Now!

The North Queensland Volunteer of the Year Awards will be presented at the North Queensland National Volunteer Week Celebrations on the 20th of May event, where the efforts of the many volunteers bringing about positive change in our community will be recognised. 
We encourage volunteer managers and fellow volunteers to nominate a volunteer from your organisation that you believe is deserving of recognition for their volunteering contribution. 
 
The second year of the NQ Volunteer of Award will see the introduction of 4 new awards to be presented, acknowledging the contributions volunteers make throughout our community through their generosity, compassion and commitment to making a difference.
1.      Heart of Volunteering Award
The heart of volunteering award acknowledges a volunteer that passionately lives and breathes the very definition of volunteering, ‘…time willingly given for the common good and without financial gain.’  Nominations for volunteers whose attitude and actions are exemplary and an inspiration to others are welcomed.
2.      Youth Volunteering Award
The Youth Volunteering award acknowledges a volunteer under 25 years of age that passionately lives and breathes the very definition of volunteering, ‘…time willingly given for the common good and without financial gain.’  Nominations for volunteers whose attitude and actions are exemplary and an inspiration to others are welcomed.
3.      Volunteer Impact Award
The Volunteer Impact award acknowledges a volunteer whose contribution has made a significant difference to an individual, group or community over a short or long period of time. Nominations for volunteers who have made a significant difference in the lives of those they serve are welcomed.
4.      Volunteer Achievement Award
The Volunteer Achievement award acknowledges a volunteer for whom the very act of volunteering is an achievement.  Nominations are welcomed for volunteers that give their time in the face of challenging circumstances either personally or the activities undertaken. 
 
We encourage previously nominated volunteers to be renominated again.
 
The closing date for entries is Monday the 13th May, 2018 and nominees will be shortlisted before being announced at the National Volunteer Week Celebrations.
 
Nominations can be made online at www.vnq.org.au/nvw
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Volunteering led me to a full time paid job

Volunteering led me to a full time paid job

After completing a degree in graphic design and struggling to find work for several years, I decided to broaden my skills by completing a Certificate III in Community Services. It was here that I was introduced to the idea of volunteering in my community. One of the opportunities that I found was an administration position with VNQ. I was fortunate enough to also use my graphic design skills to assist with Communications. I am grateful to VNQ for giving me the chance to advance my admin skills with my limited experience in this area. I believe it is the skills I’ve gained and my experience in this very position for the last seven months which has led me to a full time paid administration position in Townsville. Thanks Volunteering North Queensland!
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VNQ found me my perfect position

VNQ found me my perfect position

My first fling with volunteering was through VNQ for the Glendi festival 2018 helping with surveys and ad hoc tasks. Not only did I get food vouchers for amazing Greek feasts throughout the day, my dog did as well. Hanging out with my dog all day, talking to the community, and eating Greek food is hardly work. That’s how it all started. The following month I spent stalking the VNQ position listings where I found my perfect position as an English teacher for refugee families. I previously worked as an English teacher overseas and VNQ gave me an amazing opportunity to reopen that career path that I enjoyed so much and I have not looked back.
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Exciting new experiences

Exciting new experiences

I discovered a passion for volunteering last year during my studies at TAFE Queensland. The ability to help people through a few simple acts, a couple of hours a day appealed to my sense of wanting to make a difference and help others. While in my current position at VNQ, I had the opportunity to volunteer at the Glendi Festival in 2018. After being a frequent visitor to these events, I was excited at the chance to work behind the scenes and gain the insider knowledge of how these events are run. Working at the Sound Booth with the professionals, helping to make sure the music for the stage entertainment ran smoothly was one of the most fun experiences in my volunteering career so far. I got to volunteer with a great bunch of people, taste the different food and drinks during my shifts, all with the best seat in the house. I’ll be keeping an eye out for any upcoming Special Events in the future to better my knowledge and open myself up to these new and exciting experiences.
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Have a fling with volunteering!

Have a fling with volunteering!

Interested in some casual volunteering? 

We have short term volunteering opportunities from as little as one hour a year.  If you’re interested in volunteering at some of the great events in our community, sign-up to get an email about these opportunities as they become available.  No pressure, no obligation to give more and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Have a fling with volunteering!

Have a fling with volunteering!

Interested in some casual volunteering? 

We have short term volunteering opportunities from as little as one hour a year.  If you’re interested in volunteering at some of the great events in our community, sign-up to get an email about these opportunities as they become available.  No pressure, no obligation to give more and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Have a fling with volunteering!

Have a fling with volunteering!

Want to know more about casual volunteering? 

We have short term volunteering opportunities from as little as one hour a year.  If you’re interested in volunteering at some of the great events in our community, sign-up to get an email about these opportunities as they become available.  No pressure, no obligation to give more and you can unsubscribe at any time.

A very rewarding experience

A very rewarding experience

Coming from a Greek Australian background I found volunteering for Glendi Festival a very rewarding experience as I promoted my culture and contributed to the success of a very worthy organisation. I was able to use my Event Coordination experience to train and mentor co-workers which they have used to further their employment opportunities. The Organisers and other volunteers were wonderful to work with which made the experience a lot of fun, and I especially appreciated the food and drink vouchers so we could taste the gourmet delights.
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