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Newsletter April 2019

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  1. CEO's Welcome
  2. Tickets still available for the WA Volunteer of the Year Awards Gala Presentation Dinner
  3. Introducing our Board
  4. Impact100 WA $100,000 grant round open
  5. Change the World Event
  6. Regional news
  7. Training & Events
  8. Step Into Corporate Volunteering Session
  10. Member of the Month: The Spiers Centre Inc.
  11. New Members
  12. Shout out Saturday

CEO's Welcome

Welcome to the April edition of eNews.

I hope you all had a safe and wonderful Easter and Anzac Day break. For me personally it was wonderful to take time out to honour and remember our past and present service men and women on Anzac Day and also recognise the volunteers who made all the events possible around Western Australia, for all of us to attend.

The past few weeks have been fully occupied with our office move. We’re thrilled with our new environment and the wonderful facilities we can share with our stakeholders, members, staff and volunteers. We hope to welcome you to our building for an office warming later in May. 

With only four weeks to go until National Volunteer Week (20-26 May) everyone here is busy organising activities and events that celebrate and recognise our volunteers. Its 30 years since National Volunteer Week started. Originally it was intended to help recruit volunteers but over the years it has evolved towards celebrating and thanking volunteers for their contributions. This year’s theme ‘Making a World of Difference’ acknowledges the contributions made by the 6 million Australians volunteering across the nation.

To commemorate the 30th anniversary of National Volunteer Week, Volunteering Australia has designed special artwork for volunteering involving organisations to use over the week, which can be found here

As the momentum continues to grow for both the National Volunteer Week Grants and Awards programs, we’re pleased to have received record numbers of grant submissions and award nominations. This is a reflection of how much National Volunteer Week means to so many of us, our member organisations and the importance of celebrating and thanking our 600,000 Western Australian volunteers.

I wish to express my thanks to Lotterywest who have once again supported National Volunteer Week. We received 239 applications, of which 191 were successful in obtaining a grant. 214 events will take place around our State involving 16,287 volunteers. Our successful grant recipients are listed here. We look forward to sharing many of their stories and events through our social media pages during the week. If you are hosting an event please don’t forget to tag us @volunteeringwa and #NVW2019.

We received some truly outstanding award nominations. Our nominators and judges also deserve a special thank you, it is their input that make our awards a great success. Our 2019 WA Volunteer of the Year winners will be announced at our special gala presentation dinner at Crown Perth on Wednesday 22 May. We warmly invite our members to join us, along with our patron His Excellency Kim Beazley and Minister for Volunteering Mick Murray for the premier event of National Volunteer Week. Tickets are available here and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors because without them this event wouldn’t be possible. A big thank you to Department of Communities, Bankwest, Office of Multicultural Interests, Silver Chain, YMCA WA, NeonLogic, Community News and Lotterywest. 

I wanted to also bring to your attention that with the lead up to the 2019 Federal Election, Volunteering Australia (VA) has called for all political parties to adopt a policy platform that responds to the needs of the volunteering sector and grows a culture of giving in Australia.

Volunteering Australia’s key policy proposals centre on three priority areas:

  • The need for all parties to value the role of volunteering peaks, volunteers, Volunteer Involving Organisations and Volunteering Support Services in supporting and strengthening communities;
  • For all parties to commit to investing in the future of volunteering in Australia and the subsequent benefits it provides to the community; and
  • For all parties to commit to amplifying the efforts already being achieved by the sector.

Thank you to everyone who responded to the VA survey and helping to develop the platform. Full details are found here

Happy Volunteering, Tina

Tickets still available for the WA Volunteer of the Year Awards Gala Presentation Dinner

Tickets are still available (but selling fast) for our WA Volunteer of the Year Awards Gala Presentation Dinner, to be held during National Volunteer Week on 22 May 2019 at Crown Perth.

The gala dinner is a highlight in the Volunteering WA calendar year and we warmly welcome our members and wider community to attend one of Perth’s most prestigious and beautiful events and support the worthy finalists.

You are cordially invited to join us at the 2019 WA Volunteer of the Year Award Gala Dinner, proudly presented by Volunteering WA. Ticket prices include a three course dinner, premium wines and live music.

  • Individual ticket - $170 ($160 for VWA financial members)
  • Table of ten - $1700 ($1600 for VWA financial members)

Tickets can be purchased here

For more information about the awards please visit the link above or email

National Volunteer Week merchandise and resources are now also available!

Introducing our Board

In this regular feature of the eNews we will showcase one of our hardworking and dedicated Board Members.

Without their leadership and guidance, we wouldn’t be able to achieve all the successes we do. Thank you to our Board.

Fadzi Whande

Founder/Director Whande Group | Board Volunteering WA

Fadzi’s background ranges from launching telecommunication networks to addressing gender inequality, racism, discrimination, health disparities, financial literacy, unemployment and social disadvantage across various sectors in Africa, United Kingdom, USA and Australia. Her experience working with and in diverse sectors, allows Fadzi to bring new perspectives to a range of issues. She is well regarded in the Diversity and Inclusion sector both locally and internationally and has been the recipient of various awards and accolades for her volunteer work. In 2018 Fadzi was named a Western Australian of the Year finalist and appointed an Australia Day Ambassador.

“Volunteering holds different meanings for different people but for me it is a way of life. I started volunteering at the age of 16 and have been an active volunteer since then.  I have received far more benefits from volunteering than the services I have offered.”

Impact100 WA $100,000 grant round open

Impact100 WA are looking for projects that make a significant and measurable difference to an under-served cause or population in Western Australia. Do you have something along those lines that just might benefit from a tranformative grant?

If you have DGR 1 and TCC status, if you have an annual turnover between $50,000 and $5 million, if you have an idea for a project that will benefit the WA community... then you should READ ON!

To find out all the information and to download the 2019 Application Guidelines click here.

Change the World Event

Are you working in a non-profit or social enterprise?

Hancock Creative is offering a free 1-day event to share their expertise in navigating successful brand storytelling on social media. Expect an inspiring, knowledge-packed day of back-to-back speakers sharing their successes (and failures!) on social media. By the end of the day you’ll gain insight on how to practically implement strategies for digital success to boost fundraising, attract volunteers and stay sustainable as an organisation online.

Come and hear Co-Founder and CEO of Who Gives a Crap, Simon Griffith, sharing the secrets of the way he has created a brand that has led to over $1.8million in donations for sanitation projects in developing countries.

Want to know how he did it? Register now to hear Simon’s advice.

Regional news

It has been a busy month in the regional areas especially with the havoc that Cyclone Veronica brought with her to the Pilbara.

Cyclone Veronica saw our emergency services volunteers at their best providing critical support and assistance across the coastal Pilbara. It was also incredible to see the vital volunteering that took place throughout our communities during the cyclone clean up - there were families and groups offering their support and assistance to anyone in need - a great example of how volunteering is at the core of our communities.

Please look out for regional celebration events during National Volunteer Week which will be listed on the Volunteering Australia website and also on Facebook.

Training & Events

We have some fantastic training coming up in the next few weeks. Please visit our website here for a full schedule of upcoming sessions however we bring your attention to two that are very popular and filling up fast.

Sundowner for Volunteer Managers
Thursday 2 May 2019
5.00pm to 7.00pm | Perth City

Hosted by the Volunteer Leadership Network this sundowner is especially for those currently working in Volunteer Management. Its intention is to have an informal gathering to network with your peers and the Leadership Network to form friendships and connections.  The sundowner is a free event but drinks are at the individual's expense. The inner city location is TBC and will be e-mailed after we have received your registration. Register here.

Key Issues of Volunteer Management
Wednesday 15 May 2019
9.30am to 4.00pm | West Leederville

Know anyone new to Volunteer Management? They really need to attend this workshop! It will give them all the basics of working with volunteers so please pass this along to them. Subsidised by the Department of Communities the cost is only $88/$145 and includes a comprehensive resource to make them feel super confident in their new role. Register here.

Connecting with Volunteers Masterclass
Tuesday 28 May 2019
9.30am to 12.30am | West Leederville
Having trouble finding volunteers?  It is no longer about just recruiting, it’s about connecting with volunteers and matching their expectation with yours. In this Masterclass we focus on segmenting target markets, developing messages, writing winning advertisements to different target groups, screening and selecting, preparing for interviews, conducting interviews etc. Connecting with the right people will save you time, money and angst! The cost is $88/$145. Register here.

Supporting Volunteers for Success Masterclass
Tuesday 28 May 2019
1.00pm to 4.00pm | West Leederville
This workshop will eliminate the draining and expensive process of constant recruitment!  Don’t let volunteers second-guess their decision to be with you - learn contemporary ways of retention by looking after volunteer interests. The cost is $88/$145. Register here.

Step Into Corporate Volunteering Session

Join Volunteering WA’s Corporate Team for a ‘Step Into Corporate Volunteering’ session. VWA’s Corporate Team want to provide our members with a comprehensive introduction to the corporate volunteer program and work through real examples with you, to help you get the most from this fantastic member benefit.

Each session will be facilitated by the Corporate Volunteering team and will provide you with:

  • an overview of the corporate volunteering program
  • in depth information on skills-based and team-based corporate volunteering
  • an understanding of how your organisation can best utilise the support of corporate volunteers
  • the opportunity to work through a real example of preparing to host a skilled volunteer and/or team of volunteers for your organisation.

This special event is for MEMBERS ONLY and there are limited places available. To book your place, register on our website here!


We encourage our members to follow the VIRA Facebook page where we regularly upload tips and useful information about VIRA, our volunteer management software.

For those new to VIRA, the main function of VIRA is to make entering, updating, and keeping track of your volunteers' information as easy as possible. Any volunteer that exists in the VIKTOR database and is linked to your organisation as a volunteer can be managed using VIRA.

VIRA allows you to contact information, medical history, dietary requirements, availability, skills, t-shirt size and other useful details. The software can also record each volunteer's volunteering efforts - tracking hours, reimbursements, recognition, certificates and their expiry, media release permissions and much more
We regularly hold training sessions on VIRA in Perth and we offer training online too.

Contact to book in a session or to find out more information.

Member of the Month: The Spiers Centre Inc.

Welcome to our new monthly feature ‘Member of the Month.’ If you’d like your organisation to be featured please email

This month we present to you The Spiers Centre Inc, an organisation committed to making a positive difference to the lives of individuals, families and the community in the northern suburbs of Perth.

The Centre provides information to the public through a wide range of brochures on various issues, such as elder abuse, addiction or mental health, and runs several programs that provide emergency relief and counselling to community members. For instance, free financial counselling helps individuals escape the debt cycle in a non-judgemental environment. Also, the centre runs a number of playgroups, personal development programs and support groups which provide social inclusion and support for the community. A social group is run weekly by a volunteer, with fifteen people attending regularly, a majority of whom are over sixty. This group has been immensely successful, for through these weekly meetings, many close friendships have been formed.

The volunteers involved in this group are highly respected by the community, and it is truly thanks to the team of dedicated volunteers that this organisation functions smoothly. They manage and catalogue the centre’s information resources, update procedure manuals, assist reception with greeting clients and completing paperwork, maintain a clean and safe environment within the centre and sort free clothing donations. Every one of them is committed to the core values of the Centre: integrity, meaning honesty and fairness in everything they, respect, implying compassion without judgement, and collaboration, to create connection that add value to the community. Volunteering with the Spiers Centre is a meaningful way to give back to the community, while learning and expanding skills and knowledge, and the volunteers appreciate the sense of belonging that they gain from the experience.

New Members

A warm welcome to our new and returning members:

We look forward to working with you.

Shout out Saturday

Do you need help finding volunteers to fill a position in your organisation? Our Saturday feature, only for members, advertises your position on our Facebook page which is followed by over 4,900 followers. Email to promote your volunteer vacancies.

Please ensure your volunteering role is on VIKTOR so that we can link the Facebook post straight through to the Volunteering WA website.