Nonprofits have a duty of care to ensure a safe environment for employees, volunteers & clients

Volunteering is of great benefit to volunteers, nonprofits & the community at large

Volunteering creates new pathways

Be an intuitive, authetic volunteer

During National Student Volunteer Week, QUT and Volunteering Queensland held a special project development day as part of the Changemaker Program. The Changemaker Program is a unique collaboration which supports 10 students over 12 months to take an innovative idea with a social justice impact and make it happen. At this event Volunteering Queensland launched two thoughtful new publications.

It's important that you choose a volunteer role that matches your values, aspirations & meets your requirements

Enhance volunteer experiences & comply with legislation & duty of care

Volunteering is time willingly given for the common good & without financial gain

Employee volunteering is one way in which businesses can fulfil their social responsibility

Imagine you are in a key strategic meeting with a room full of people that look, sound, think and act like you. How many actually need to be there? These days, building a culturally diverse workforce is viewed by most as a powerful strategy for encouraging, innovation and productivity. However the focus seems to have been largely on paid staff rather than on volunteers.

What does the data say? A snapshot of key info & stats about volunteering in Queensland

Parents, children & other family members can spend time together while contributing to the community

"Volunteering is time willingly given for the common good & without financial gain"

Connect with non-profits & community groups that need your help

Ensure that appropriate insurance cover is provided to protect volunteer staff & volunteer board members

Volunteering is one of the fastest & easiest ways to learn about Australia, engage with local communities & to make friends

We have all experienced occasions when we have entered a room full of people only to discover that you are the odd person out. How does it feel and what are the factors that are most likely to convince you to stay? There are thousands of organisations where you can volunteer your time and experience and it is possible that you have already narrowed down the type of organisation in which you would like to place yourself, based on the work they do and where they are located. What you may not have considered is who else works in the organisation and how you will be treated.

Volunteering is an unpaid activity & something that people choose to do for the good of the community

The State of the World’s Volunteerism Report 2015 is the first global review of the power of volunteer voices to help improve the way people are governed. Drawing on evidence from countries as diverse as Brazil, Kenya, Lebanon and Bangladesh, the UN report shows how ordinary people are volunteering their time, energies and skills to transform governance and improve the way they are engaged at local, national and global levels.

Since late 2013 Volunteering Australia has been challenging the concept of ‘what constitutes volunteering in contemporary Australia?’ The new definition follows a review that included the release of an issues paper, national stakeholder information sessions and an online survey to gauge community views. The result is a broader and more inclusive definition that reflects the diversity of volunteering activities undertaken nationally.

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