New member benefits and options
I'm delighted to announce that from 1 June, The Centre will offer a new and improved range of membership options.
We will deliver a greater variety of membership packages and benefits so you can choose the level of membership that suits your needs and budget.
To make membership easier, from 1 June you will also be able to renew and join online via our website, including paying online.
New special offers for members
We are also pleased to introduce two new offers for members:
1. Free training
To celebrate our new membership packages, the first 100 new or renewing members to pay online by COB Friday 17 July 2015, will be given a special opportunity to attend a new training session being offered by The Centre from August this year. Stay tuned for more details. Online payments can be made via our website from 1 June 2015.
More information on our new membership packages will be on our website from 1 June 2015.
2. Discounts at 70 TFE hotels - Australia and NZ
Members of The Centre for Volunteering can now enjoy special rates at TFE hotels in Australia and NZ. To access this benefit, current members can contact our membership team now; otherwise these details will be provided to all new and renewing members from 1 June 2015, on receipt of payment.
I'm also delighted to introduce you to our new logo, which we believe represents our refreshed focus on updating and improving our services to members and volunteers.
We're glad to welcome back the red V, the international symbol for volunteering, which has been designed to reflect what volunteering is all about - people!
I'd like to acknowledge and thank Etchcraft who designed this logo for The Centre on a pro-bono basis.
National Definition of Volunteering
I met with the other states and territories this month to discuss members' views on the definition of volunteering and what, if any, changes were needed. Thank you to NSW Volunteering, Department of Education and Communities, for facilitating the community conversations and thank you to everyone who took part in one of our 21 workshops or completed online surveys. It was a privilege to represent your views for the NSW perspective.
The updated definition of volunteering will be launched later in the year. It will contain three key elements for which the consultation showed overwhelming support:
1. Time is given willingly
2. for the common good
3. for no financial gain.
Welcome Judy Munns, Training Manager
A warm welcome to Judy Munns, our new Training Manager, who joined the Centre last week. Judy replaces Mark Tippett who left to take up an opportunity in another RTO.
Judy is highly experienced in training, RTOs, and NFPs and she has already hit the ground running. Read more about Judy in this edition of The Voice
National Volunteer Week-congratulations
Also, congratulations to all our members for bringing National Volunteer Week to life by highlighting the work of volunteers via events, open days, parades, and media coverage.
I especially enjoyed spending time with The Centre's volunteers at the "Thank-you' lunches we held each day. It was a wonderful opportunity for me, and our organisation, to thank them for everything they do.
2015 Volunteer of the Year Award-nominations open
Nominations are open for the Voulunteer of the Year Awards so get your nominations in and spread the word!. Nominations close 17 July. Click on this link to nominate.