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Thank you to everyone who joined us for the launch of early findings from the Volunteering in Australia organisation survey. The new data explores current trends in volunteering, including recruitment and support practices, volunteer contributions, and predictions about future need.Lead researchers Professor Kirsten Holmes and Associate Professor Patrick Dunlop presented the early findings, followed by a discussion on how the research relates to the National Strategy for Volunteering project and a facilitated question and answer session.Thanks also to the more than 1,200 organisations that responded to the survey. Through your contributions, this seminal piece of research will directly shape the National Strategy for Volunteering. Learn what organisations told us:👉 ow.ly/pI2q50Klv3p ... See MoreSee Less
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Volunteering Australia CEO, Mark Pearce spoke to ABC Australia about the impact of COVID-19 on volunteering following a decade long decline in formal volunteering. Whilst there are many challenges for volunteering, opportunities also exist to do things differently. The National Strategy for Volunteering project is exploring the current state of volunteering and through your input will provide a blueprint for a reimagined future for volunteering in Australia. ... See MoreSee Less
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What a fantastic National Student Volunteer Week! It has been wonderful to see how Australian students have enjoyed volunteering in their communities.We would like to thank all of the amazing student volunteers who participated and inspired others, and we look forward to celebrating again with you next year! A special thank you to Volunteering Queensland for managing National Student Volunteer Week in collaboration with Volunteering Australia and all State and Territory Peak Volunteering Bodies. Volunteering ACT, The Centre for Volunteering, Volunteering SA&NT, Volunteering Tasmania, Volunteering Victoria, Volunteering WA You can check out these special volunteering stories from the week and tell us how you celebrated #NSVW22. ... See MoreSee Less
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For National Student Volunteer Week, we spoke with Ruth Lee, member of the Corporate Volunteering Working Group for the National Strategy for Volunteering project and manager for the Origin Energy Foundation.As manager of the Volunteering and Matched Giving Programs for Origin Energy Foundation, Ruth supports education programs which break the cycle of disadvantage and help young people become the best that they can be. Origin Energy Foundation believes in the power of education to help create better lives for young Australians.“Through our help students experience how careers in STEM can help improve lives, by assembling individual solar lights, prosthetic limbs and water filters which are then distributed to communities in need. The satisfaction of knowing that they have made a difference has a lasting impact on those students.”#NSVW22 ... See MoreSee Less
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For National Student Volunteer Week, we spoke with Gerri Clay, member of the Volunteer Management Working Group for the National Strategy for Volunteering project and CEO of EdConnect.As CEO of EdConnect Australia Gerri sees first-hand the important role volunteers can play in the lives of disadvantaged or at-risk young people. “Our 1300 volunteers support students in primary and secondary schools providing them with much needed mentoring or learning support, building positive and supportive relationships with each student. The program has positive impacts for students, schools, and volunteers.” Gerri believes that every young person needs a trusted adult in their life, someone who listens to them and is there for them. Yet not all children have such a person in their lives.“Volunteers can be that consistent independent adult in a child’s life, bringing their wisdom, patience, and life experiences. To know that an adult is freely giving their time for no payment, can make an enormous difference to how a child feels valued, recognised, and important.”#NSVW22 ... See MoreSee Less
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