During National Volunteer Week, 21-27 May, the 2018 Queensland Volunteering Awards were held to honour the inspiring endeavours of hundreds of volunteers, volunteer managers, volunteer-involving organisations and businesses that invest in employee volunteering programs, to bring about positive change in our community.
Today the Queensland Premier, the Hon Annastacia Palaszczuk MP, and Minister for Education, the Hon Grace Grace MP, announced the re-launch of the Queensland Ready Reading Volunteer Program.
Working in partnership with Volunteering Queensland, the program will train up to 3,000 mums, dads, carers and members of the community to share their knowledge and time and foster a love of reading in Queensland school classrooms.
Ashley Fell was the guest keynote speaker at the Volunteering Queensland Annual General Meeting, held on Wednesday 11 October 2017. Ashley is a social researcher, TEDx speaker and as Head of Communications at the internationally recognised McCrindle, she understands the need for organisations to communicate with the emerging generations to effectively engage and motivate them. Her expertise is in how to communicate across generational barriers.
More than 18 agencies joined forces to thank Brisbane volunteers for their contribution to the aged care and disability sectors by organising Brisbane’s first Volunteer Leadership Forum.
The Volunteer Leadership Forum, held on Friday 25 August 2017 and hosted by Griffith University’s Southbank Campus, was a day of professional development training to build volunteer skills, meet others in similar roles, receive gifts and prizes of appreciation, and share in a delicious lunch.
On the 1 August, Volunteering Queensland hosted a Volunteer Manager Network Meeting in Logan City. This informative gathering served to facilitate discussion and address a challenge that many volunteer managers face: Understanding how to engage volunteers from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds (CALD).
As part of their Pirlirrpa Education Program, St James College recently held a Pirlirrpa Open Day & Volunteer Expo on the 8th August 2017. The stalls were run by students enrolled at Pirlirrpa (St James College) currently undertaking a CHC24015 Certificate II in Active Volunteering through Volunteering Queensland's Students As Active Volunteers Initiative (SAAVI).
Bianca (or better known to her friends as Cozi) is a Year 12 student from Everton Park State School who has completed the CHC24015 Certificate II in Active volunteering through our Students as Active Volunteers Initiative (SAAVI). Only 20 hours was required to complete the course; however Cozi volunteered over 100 hours of her time!
Mt Maria College Year 12 student Blake is completing a CHC24015 Certificate II in Active volunteering through our Students as Active Volunteers Initiative (SAAVI). Blake volunteers in the Religious Education Department at the school where he undertakes a variety of tasks that include designing labels for the 'care to cook' project, making flyers and bagging food and delivery to the local parish.