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As we embark on another month of inspiring stories and community engagement, we would like to remind everyone that nominations for the Queensland Volunteering Awards are closing on Sunday 31 March. All completed nominations go into the draw to win two tickets to the event so do consider making someone very happy simply by nominating them for an award.

We are proud to be releasing the State of Volunteering Report in Queensland 2024 on May 7. The report is a vital tool to inform the future of volunteering in Queensland. All are welcome to attend and we encourage your show of support for the sector.

Volunteering Queensland looks forward to seeing you at one of the many upcoming sector events.

Nominate for the awards and you will go into a draw to receive two tickets to the 2024 Queensland Volunteering Awards!

Time is almost up to recognise and honour the unsung volunteer changemakers who dedicate their time to making a positive impact on your community.  The nomination form comprises three, 250-word responses to our selection criteria and all completed submissions go into the draw to win two tickets to the gala brunch at City Hall on May 22! Get your nominations in by 31 March to be eligible.

Volunteering Queensland is delighted to launch the 2024 State of Volunteering Report on Tuesday 7 May 2024.

The State of Volunteering in Queensland 2024 Report is the inaugural report into the status, and the economic and social value of volunteering.

The official launch by the Corinne McMillan MP (Part A) will take place on the Speaker’s Green, Queensland Parliament. After a short walk to the UQ Brisbane City Campus the launch will continue with a panel discussion into the report findings and actions (Part B).

If you would like to know more about the launch or would like to attend please click the button below.

Collaboration with AFL Queensland Umpiring

Volunteering Queensland has established a new relationship with AFL Queensland in 2024, which will provide the opportunity for individuals to volunteer with AFL Queensland.

“Volunteering Queensland’s collaboration with AFLQ Umpiring offers our students a unique opportunity to fulfill their volunteer placement requirements as part of the Accredited Active Volunteering courses.

Through this collaboration, we are not only nurturing a passion for sports officiating but also instilling a sense of community engagement and responsibility.”

Read the media release here.

Name of Student: Anna Wotton

Name of School: Maroochydore State High School

Certificate Level being completed at the school: CHC24015 Certificate II in Active Volunteering

Details: Anna has been volunteering with Nambour Apex Club, Sleep on a Cardboard Box school event, Clean Up Australia Day, and Leo’s school program.

Pictured: Anna Wotton and Chris Webb (Volunteering Queensland RTO and Compliance Coordinator)

The Nambour APEX club said this about Anna:

“Anna has done a huge amount of volunteering this year, some of it under enormous pressure and Anna is an absolute asset to our team.”

Well done Anna!

Plenty to Sea at the Australian Coast Guard

First established in 1972, the Australian Coast Guard has been operational for over 50 years thanks to the help and support of hundreds of volunteers. On any given day, you will likely find 10 volunteers helping from their base at Manly, in Brisbane’s East. Be it working in the control room, training new members, or assisting on a rescue, those who get recruited are no doubt in for a challenging but rewarding experience.

Read about the volunteers behind the organisation in this month’s feature article here.

Queensland Volunteering Awards 2024

Nominate now for the chance to win two tickets to the awards. 

State of Volunteering in Queensland 2024 Report Launch

Register to attend the Launch

Implementing the National Standards for Volunteer Involvement (online)

Wednesday 20 March
2pm – 4pm

Volunteer Management Essentials: Onboarding 

Thursday 18 April
11am – 12pm

Volunteer Leadership Network Meeting

Tuesday 23 April
1pm – 2:30pm

Introducing the online CHC44015 Certificate IV in Coordination of Volunteer Programs for all leaders of volunteers!

Embark on a flexible and dynamic learning experience with our brand-new online Cert IV program. We are excited to unveil an innovative approach to acquiring the skills and knowledge essential for coordinating volunteer programs.

Learn more and register your interest here.

Volunteering Queensland recently appeared before the Community Support and Services Committee of the Queensland Parliament, giving evidence to its inquiry into new legislation regarding the State Emergency Service (SES) and Marine Rescue Queensland (MRQ). Volunteering Queensland took the opportunity to emphasise how essential it is to properly support and value SES & MRQ volunteers, along with all the other volunteers who help out during and after weather events.

The vital role volunteers play in extreme weather events is often under-recognised.  It is difficult to imagine what it would be like if even half of those volunteers didn’t show up.

Submissions to the inquiry and transcripts from the hearing can be found at the Committee’s website.

The Queensland Volunteering Strategy will be a Queensland Government strategy that aims to enhance volunteering experiences and outcomes for Queensland. Your input is crucial in shaping the future of volunteering in Queensland. Click below to register.

Round 1 Option 1:          BOOKED OUT  

Round 1 Option 2:          18 March 2024  2.00pm – 4.00pm 

Round 1 Option 3         19 March 2024  9.30am – 11.30am 

Harmony Week is held each year in March. It’s a celebration of Australia’s cultural diversity. 

Celebrate Harmony Week (18-24 March) by wearing orange, share your photos on social media using #harmonyweek #everyonebelongs.

Visit the Harmony Week website to explore resourcesregister your event or check out what’s already happening in your area.

Volunteering Queensland is proud to partner in the Make Queensland Fair campaign, led by QCOSS and with the collaboration of several partner organisations. 

Volunteering Queensland seeks to highlight the direct consequence of the crisis which is the worrying decline in volunteers who report that volunteering has become unaffordable.

Read about the campaign and our response here.

The Knowledge Base is a treasure trove of guides, editable templates, discussion forums, short courses, and much more, designed to simplify the task of leading volunteers.

Explore more here.

Activities during Not-for-Profit Insurance Week will centre around:

  • An information packed series of free webinars, where you can have your questions answered
  • The release of new insurance products, advice and support for not-for-profit organisations

Find out more here.

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