8 November 2018   |   V NEWS SA&NT

From Our CEO

It’s great to be back on deck following the very successful IAVE World Volunteer Conference in Augsburg, Germany. A big thank you to Tracey Fox for acting in my role while I was away.
This morning we held our last Volunteer Screening Information Session which has been part of a series explaining more about the changes that came into effect as of 1 November 2018. There has been a lot of interest which has been followed up by the Department of Human Services presenting a Press kit with useful resources on volunteer screening. It will help volunteer involving organisations prepare newsletter content with key messages, a fact sheet and social media graphics.
On Monday, all around the world, International Volunteer Managers Day was celebrated and it has been great to follow the hashtag #IVMD2018 to see all the great words of thanks to everyone who plays such an important part in the management of volunteers.
If you work with youth and have a great story to tell, we would like to let you know that it’s not too late to submit your story for the Dec/Jan issue of Vitality magazine. Please see article below and you’ve got to 16 November 2018 to get your story published.

Evelyn O'Loughlin


Promote your organisation - Vitalty magazine

It's not too late! The deadline for Vitality magazine articles has been extended to 16 November 2018. With a YOUTH theme, VSA&NT are looking for stories on how young people are engaging and embracing volunteering as well as other good news stories from the sector.

Stories are FREE for VSA&NT members + a further 20% discount on all advertising. Non-members can sign up to become a member.
For more information on submitting an article and/or advertising
2018 Volunteer Participation Survey
Results Released 

More than 900,000 South Australians volunteer with an estimated contribution of 1.73 million hours per week.

The Office for Volunteers, Volunteering in South Australia - 2018 survey involved more than 1,500 respondents aged 15 years and over revealing an increase of 66% in volunteer participation in South Australia. The report shows that in this age range approx 906,000 South Australians have volunteered their time with around half of these involved in formal volunteering (through organisations) with the other half volunteering on an informal basis such as child-minding and offering neighbourly assistance.
Survey information and report

Australian of the Year Awards 2019

Congratulations to the winners and finalists for South Australia

South Australia Australian of the Year
State Finalist: Dr Richard Harris SC OAM - Specialist anaesthetist and cave diver
Finalists: Taryn Brumfitt - Body image advocate; Katie Sarah - Mountaineer, pioneer and volunteer; Vicky Welgraven - Women’s advocate

Senior Australian of the Year
State Finalist: Reginald Dodd - Reconciliation advocate  
Finalists: Dr Robert Irving – Veterinarian; Barry Lewis - Umpire and mentor; Geoff Stewart - Ambulance Service Volunteer

Young Australian of the Year
State Finalist: Eleni Glouftsis - Australia’s first female AFL umpire
Finalists: Arefa Hassani - Advocate for asylum seekers and refugees; Stephany Martin - Rotary Youth Leadership Awards District Chair; Apiu Nyang - Ambassador for refugee youth

Local Hero
State Finalist: Megan McLoughlin - Advocate for organ donation  
Finalists: Reuben Burton - Community leader and education advocate; Jelina Haines - Artist and academic; Associate Professor Chris Zeitz - Pioneer in rural health services

For more information
Emergency Volunteering Survey 

RMIT university researchers would like to hear from community organisations in relation to emergency volunteering. Feedback involves all types of volunteering assisting communities before, during or after emergencies/disasters. The survey takes around 15 minutes with questions on the current state of emergency volunteering and future changes.
Emergency volunteering survey

WeDo App rewards volunteers
FREE to download

The WeDo App allows people to search hundreds of volunteer roles in South Australia from a large number of organisations. The app can be downloaded for FREE from the App Store, Google Play, on Android or iOS mobiles, tablets and iPads. There is also a points reward system based on volunteer time making the WeDo app a win-win for both volunteers and organisations.
For more information and to download

Grants, Scholarships & Awards

Women Hold Up Half the Sky Award

Celebrating and recognising the exceptional contribution women make in their communities. The Women Hold Up Half the Sky Award, which are part of the Australia Day Awards recognises an outstanding woman who has made a great contribution to the community.

They are looking for stories of women who have made notable contributions to the community during the past year or over several years.The winner will be announced at the Australia Day Awards at Government House on 21 January 2019.
Nominations close 23 November 2018

Our Training

National Standards for Volunteer Involvement Workshops

Wednesday 27 February 2019
9.30 am – 1.30 pm

A webinar designed to support regional organisations in preparation and planning for their implementation of the National Standards for Volunteer Involvement. The session runs for 90 minutes and outlines the benefits and starting an organisational review.

2018 price adjustment: Members $127.00 (ex GST) │Non-Members $152.00 (ex GST).
Price includes morning tea and workbook, both hard and electronic copy.
For more information and to register

Diary Dates

Liveable Cities Conference

12 - 13 August 2019

Showcasing innovative contributions in the city with a program aiming to inspire 2019 delegates to implement key-learnings into their city, town or region.  Leaders, influencers, researchers and practitioners are invited to contribute to the discussions on liveability indexes, sustainability, transportation, outdoor spaces, health and wellbeing. 

Abstracts: Open - closing Monday 29 April 2019
Early Bird Registrations now available
National Student Volunteer Week
12 - 18 August 2019

A celebration of student volunteering
VSA&NT proudly supports Volunteering Queensland, Volunteering Australia and other state and territory volunteering peak bodies, resource centres and hubs in this initiative.

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