Read the November VA News featuring National Strategy for Volunteering announcement, International Volunteer Day, volunteer gifts and more.
This month we were proud to announce that Volunteering Australia is leading a new National Strategy for Volunteering, the first in 10 years. Over the next 12 months, we will be engaging with all members of the volunteering ecosystem to design a National Strategy that is effective, inclusive and sustainable.
We celebrated International Volunteer Managers Day at the start of the month and acknowledged the vital work that volunteer managers and coordinators do to ensure safe and effective volunteering. Watch my personal message of thanks for all volunteer managers and coordinators.
I wrote about the importance of recognising the integral role that volunteer board directors play in charities and not for profit organisations for a Pro Bono article, The contribution of a board member’s time is worth more than money.
Next month we celebrate International Volunteer Day on Sunday 5 December with the theme Volunteer now for our common future. As we look to the future of volunteering in Australia with the design of a new National Strategy for Volunteering, it is important to recognise the critical work of volunteers and the impact that they make in communities, not just in Australia but around the world.
We will also be acknowledging Social Inclusion Week and International Day of People with Disability on 3 December and highlighting the important role volunteering can play as a pathway to social inclusion. Volunteering offers opportunities for social, economic, and cultural inclusion. Everyone has the right to these opportunities.
Chief Executive Officer