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2010 Official Launch of National Volunteer Week in Geelong Print E-mail
Feb 04, 2014

Recent Volunteer Seminar, ‘Strength & Diversity in Supporting Communities

As Victoria’s population continues to diversify, the role of volunteering in supporting and strengthening communities is not only important, but essential. AMES recently hosted a free Volunteer Seminar, ‘Strength & Diversity in Supporting Communities’ designed to provide organisations in the region with the knowledge to develop strong and diverse volunteer programs. The seminar was held in National Volunteer Week on May 10 at the new Diversitat Community Hub in Norlane.

The Minister for Multicultural Affairs & Citizenship, The Hon Nicholas Kotsira, MLA officially launched National Volunteer Week at the event. Guest speakers from Volunteering Geelong, Cloverdale Community Centre, Diversitat and DPCD spoke on various topics including Best Practice Volunteer Management supporting Cultural & Linguistically Diverse (CALD) volunteers, examples of including volunteers from CALD backgrounds and the new Victorian Volunteer Portal 'I Can Do That'

Minister for Multicultural Affairs & Citizenship, The Hon Nicholas Kotsira
Minister for Multicultural Affairs & Citizenship, The Hon Nicholas Kotsira

Last Updated ( Mar 21, 2014 )
Launch of the G21 Project Based Volunteering project Print E-mail
Feb 04, 2014

G21 Launch

Funding for the G21 Project Base Volunteering project was announced by Lily D’Ambrosio MP, Minister for Community Development at the 2010 June 17 Launch held on at Deakin University.  Pictured above (from left) - Jordan Mavros and Lesley Lightfoot (United Way), Lily D’Ambrosio MP and Gail Rodgers (Volunteering Geelong).

Like most things, volunteering is continually evolving. Project Based Volunteering, otherwise known as Skilled Volunteering, is a result of changes in society and increasing demands on our time. Its development is being driven by tertiary students, skilled professionals and skilled retirees (Baby Boomers) who want short term, flexible, ‘bite size’ volunteering opportunities which provide a meaningful experience without the long term commitment.

Volunteering Geelong, along with several other stakeholders, has begun a project to establish infrastructure and systems to make this a reality. This style of volunteering has enormous potential to assist community organisations. It provides opportunities to access skilled and experienced volunteers who can undertake a short term project that would normally cost money and time that they do not have.

With the support of funding from the Department of Planning & Community Development, Volunteering Geelong has appointed Lucinda Tucker as the Project Officer to implement this initiative. Lucinda works at Volunteering Geelong on Tuesdays and Fridays and is keen to talk with people who have skills that they would like to use to assist organisations through a specific short term project.

In the first half of 2011, Community Organisations will be invited to lodge projects with Volunteering Geelong that can be implemented by a volunteer with the appropriate skills. A workshop will also be conducted for organisations to support project management and development.

For more information please contact Lucinda Tucker at Volunteering Geelong on 52211377.

Last Updated ( Feb 04, 2014 )
21st IAVE World Volunteer Conference, Singapore 2011 Print E-mail
Feb 04, 2011

Volunteering Geelong has recently had the privilege of being asked to present a paper on the Leading with Standards Program at the 21st IAVE World Conference held in Singapore in January.

The event included a mixture of conference sessions, forums, and workshops and was attended by over 1000 people from all over the world. On the agenda were issues addressed by the UN Millennium Development Goals of poverty eradication, literacy, health, environmental sustainability, and other issues including, engaging the baby boomer generation, youth, religious bodies, leadership development, cross-cultural sensitivities, research into volunteer capital, risk management, episodic volunteering, large-scale events, humanitarian relief, and corporate volunteering.


Alison Duff, Manager of the Leading with Standards program co presented a workshop at the conference on Volunteer Performance and Measuring Performance to Meet Expectations. Sue Kobar, Manager of Volunteer Services, Nurse Maude, New Zealand and Yael Caplin, Resource Development Manager at the Leir Institute for Volunteer Management, Israel, also presented. The workshop focused on how volunteer managers and coordinators develop quality frameworks for volunteer programs particularly in the area of performance management.

Alison Duff, Yael Caplin & Sue Kobar

Last Updated ( Jul 12, 2011 )
Research on people from disadvantaged backgrounds accessing volunteering Print E-mail
Feb 04, 2014
Below is a range of links to National & International research on people from disadvantaged backgrounds accessing volunteering

Volunteering Geelong PRAISE Project reports

General research around CALD volunteers (National and International)

General research around people with disabilities volunteering

Research around people with intellectual disabilities volunteering

Last Updated ( Feb 04, 2014 )
Premier's Community Volunteering Awards Print E-mail
Feb 04, 2014

Congratulations to Gail Rodgers,  Manager of Volunteering Geelong (pictured below with Victorian Premier John Brumby and Lily D'Ambrosio, Minister for Community Development), for being nominated as a finalist at the recent Premier's Community Volunteering Awards 2010 in the Community Volunteering Leadership Section.

Premier's Community Volunteering Awards
Premier's Community Volunteering Awards

Last Updated ( Feb 04, 2014 )
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