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A series for three Volunteer Leadership Forums held in Logan (1 November), Brisbane (27 November) and Ipswich (28 November) were organised in partnership between Griffith University’s Community Internship Program, Flexible Living’s Volunteer Service, Volunteering Services Australia (West Moreton) and Volunteering Queensland, with the generous support of Logan City Council and Griffith University, following the success of 2017’s inaugural Brisbane Volunteer Leadership Forum. The vision was free professional development opportunities gifted to volunteers, and volunteer coordinators and managers, as a gesture of thanks for the important role volunteers play in the community, and the contribution of volunteering to society as a whole.
“The event started because we recognised that while there is a lot of professional development out there for volunteer managers, particularly those in larger, funded organisations, there isn’t as much available for our hard working volunteers on the front line. We wanted to give them a chance to feel as inspired, motivated and confident in their abilities as we do after attending a conference or seminar,” said Sabina Nowak, Volunteer Services Manager from Volunteering Queensland, on behalf of the members of the organising team.
200 volunteers and volunteer managers heard from a range of plenary topics and concurrent sessions including:
- Inspiring and award winning volunteers
- Writing successful grant applications
- Leadership and public speaking
- Working with diverse cultures
- Utilising social media and marketing
- Volunteer rights and responsibilities
- Engaging university students as volunteers
- Conflict resolution
- Developing position descriptions
- Resume writing and interview skills (volunteering as a pathway to employment).
Daryl Hamley (volunteer Director of new not-for-profit organisation Jar of Happiness), provided the following feedback on the Logan Forum: “Thanks to all that were involved in making today a success. I really enjoyed listening to the panel this morning. They were all very inspiring and amazing individuals! I surely will recommend this forum to people I know who are interested in and/or are already volunteering.”