International Volunteer Managers Day (IVMDAY) is held on 5 November 2023. A day to recognise and celebrate the profession of volunteer leadership, this year the theme is “Helping Others Help”
This theme seeks to bring attention to what volunteer managers do, enabling others to make a difference! But equally as important, is the reminder that it is not just paid professionals who make up volunteer managers wonderful profession. This event will also pay homage to all those who lead volunteers in their own time, at their own expense or as a part of a different broader job.
As an official IVMD supporter, we encourage you to join Volunteering Australia as we celebrate the vital role Managers, Coordinators and Leaders of volunteers play in enabling safe and effective volunteering.
Countdown to #IVMDAY23
Events for #IVMDAY23
Courtesy of the IVMDay Committee.
Volunteering Resource Hub
To honour IVMDay, we are highlighting the following resources to support managers of volunteers on Volunteering Resource Hub. This also includes an update to the Quick Guide to Volunteer Management. Check out these resources to inspire and inform.
The latest additions include corporate/employee volunteers, insurance, legal requirements, and complaints handling. The guide is now complete and provides Volunteer Managers with an introduction to key topics in volunteer involvement. Each section contains links to further resources housed in the Volunteering Resource Hub, which provide additional information and tools
A guide on how to build an inclusive volunteering role, focusing on overseas volunteers, cultural awareness, communication styles, gender, and religion.
Author: Volunteering WA, Fran Robinson
A checklist to ensure your organisation is accessible to volunteers living with a disability.
Author: Victoria ALIVE, Volunteering Victoria
A high level guide on best practice volunteer management to support higher retention rates.
Author: Volunteering Victoria
A comprehensive guide to the legal obligations an organisation has for its volunteers. This six part guide includes: 1. Introduction and overview 2. Volunteer, employee or independent contractor 3. Volunteer safety with annexures 4. Workplace behaviours 5. Recruiting, inducting, managing and ending the volunteer relationship 6. Organisational issues
Author: Not-for-Profit Law, Justice Connect
Tips on how to best support volunteers and volunteer involvement.
A comprehensive guide on best practice volunteer management, covering all aspects of the volunteer management cycle.
Author: Volunteering Victoria
Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Program for Professional Leaders of Volunteers
The Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Program for Professional Leaders of Volunteers is a formal avenue to improve your knowledge, skills and future employability. Endorsed by Volunteering Australia the CPD Program is currently offered by the Centre for Volunteering (NSW), Volunteering Queensland, Volunteering Tasmania, Volunteering Victoria and Volunteering WA.
Why join CPD?
- Receive a formal certification awarding you the right to have Professional Leaders of Volunteers (PLV) after your name
- Be inspired to up-skill and gain more knowledge
- Promote your point of difference to current and future employers
- Be recognised for the learning you’re already doing, or planning to undertake
Accumulate CPD points through a combination of activities:
- Professional development, events and services offered by your Volunteering Peak Body
- Professional development at your organisation
- Reading relevant industry articles/newsletters
- Mentoring colleagues or members in volunteering management
- Reflective practice