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Newsletter August 2019

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  1. CEO's Welcome
  2. National Volunteering Conference 2020
  3. Excellence in NFP sector – nominations now open
  4. New Pro Bono Legal Service for Volunteering WA Members
  5. Open Submissions and Inquiries
  6. Change the World Event
  7. Training & Events
  8. Corporate Volunteering
  9. Regional News
  11. Member of the Month - Citizen Advocacy
  12. New Members
  13. Shout out Saturday

CEO's Welcome

Welcome to the August edition of eNews.

I start this eNews with an announcement of a new and significant member benefit. This month we officially launch our partnership with national law firm Hall & Wilcox. This partnership will provide you, our members, access to pro bono legal assistance right across the State. More information on how to access this service and an invitation to a workshop with Hall & Wilcox is below and I look forward to hearing success stories of how this partnership assists our members.

This month we celebrated National Student Volunteer Week and it was heartening to see hundreds of WA university students from UWA Guild Volunteering, Curtin Volunteers!, ECU, Murdoch Guild and Notre Dame join forces on CY O’Connor Beach for a beach clean-up. Volunteering is a great way for students to connect with their local communities and make a difference through a cause they feel passionate about, also in developing their life and work skills. It's great to see our tertiary institutions promoting the value volunteering provides for both the student and the community.

Plans for the National Volunteering Conference are well and truly underway. For those that have already bought early bird tickets (they sold out within 24 hours), thank you for your enthusiasm and support. We know you will be inspired and thrilled by the conference program which will be available with the launch of the early bird tickets in September. Visit here for more information.

Testament to the interest for the conference are the 100+ abstracts received on an extensive and diverse range of topics. I’d like to thank everyone for their submissions and keeping our content committee extremely busy. Visit here to sign up to our mail list and receive updates on the conference.

The Volunteer Community Reference Group (VCRG) met earlier this week. The agenda included a new resource for remote and small sized volunteer involving organisations, due to be launched by Volunteering WA later this year and a review of emerging issues in the volunteering sector. One such issue is how the NDIS is impacting volunteering in WA. Thanks to the Peaks Emerging Issues WACOSS/Lotterywest Grant, Volunteering WA will be investigating this issue through our members. If you would like more details on our NDIS investigation please contact Jane Mason on 9482 4325. If you have any issues you'd like to add to future VCRG discussions, please contact me.

I’d like to extend an invitation to you to meet a passionate champion of volunteering, Marcus Wong. Marcus was this year’s recipient of the YMCA WA Youth Volunteer of the Year and will be speaking at our AGM on Wednesday 16 October. Following the AGM formalities we invite you to stay for networking and refreshments. We hope you can join us and catch up with other not-for-profits, our supporters and our valued volunteers.

Lastly, I’d like to extend a welcome to WACOSS who have become our neighbours once again at our new building in West Leederville.

Happy Volunteering, Tina

National Volunteering Conference 2020

Program coming soon

Look out for the preliminary Conference program in September, featuring presentations from all over Australia and New Zealand and covering the Conference theme of Diversity, Power, Purpose. This is a Conference you don't want to miss.

Conference Venue

The National Volunteering Conference 2020 will be held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre (PCEC). Located in the heart of Perth with state-of-the-art conference facilities, PCEC provides the perfect venue to expand your network at social events, learn from industry leaders and explore the city.

Social Program

Due to open in November 2019, the Ritz-Carlton Perth has been chosen for the Conference Celebration function. We are excited to be one of the first to book the Elizabeth Quay Ballroom and cannot wait to dance the night away, overlooking Elizabeth Quay and the Perth Skyline with you. The Conference Celebration function is included in the full Conference registration which opens in September.

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Excellence in NFP sector – nominations now open

PwC Director Awards for Excellence in the WA Not-for-Profit Sector nominations are now open. The award will acknowledge a director who has exhibited leadership on director issues and promoted excellence in governance to achieve a positive impact for society. This year AICD & PwC are separating nominations into two categories, to present two awards, one for a director in Perth and one for a director in the WA Regions.

Download the nomination form here.

New Pro Bono Legal Service for Volunteering WA Members

Volunteering WA is delighted to announce the official launch of our partnership with Hall & Wilcox. This partnership will provide members of Volunteering WA with access to pro bono legal assistance from Hall & Wilcox right across the state.

Requests for pro bono legal assistance must be referred through Volunteering WA and be approved by Hall & Wilcox. For information about the application process, please contact Jane Mason, Member Services Coordinator at Volunteering WA on 9482 4325 or email

Hall & Wilcox will also be hosting a workshop for Volunteering WA members on the topic of “Employee or Contractor or Volunteer? Getting the relationship right” on 31 October from 4pm followed by networking, drinks and canapes. To reserve your place, click here.

For more information on this new partnership click here

Open Submissions and Inquiries

Volunteering Australia aims to provide a response on many of the open submissions and inquiries, and is led by feedback from our members, the wider volunteering sector and sector partners. As the primary link between the volunteering sector and federal government, Volunteering Australia provides consultation into key decision making.

They are currently seeking feedback on the following submissions and inquiries. If you would like to provide feedback, please contact Lavanya Kala, Policy Manager at Volunteering Australia via by Thursday 5 September 2019.

View upcoming Submissions and Inquiries here

Have your say on the next WACOSS State Budget Submission

Conversations with services providers and communities across the state have wrapped up after two months of State Budget Submission consultations. If you missed attending a conversation, or would like to add additional comments, please complete the survey here.

Change the World Event

Do you work for a not-for-profit, social enterprise or community organisation and want to make your marketing budget stretch a lot further?

Change the World is a FREE event where you can hear strategies from the best digital marketers from all around Australia, while getting inspired and energised about your cause.

Click here to register for your free ticket.

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 to your attention a few  that are very popular and filling up fast.

Enhancing Access to Diversity Masterclass
Wednesday 4 September 2019
9.30am to 12.30pm | West Leederville

By expanding your recruitment efforts to include a diversity of volunteers you’ll open a whole new world that could be extremely rewarding for your organisation, clients and volunteers. Cost is $88/$145 and includes materials and morning tea (and lunch if you are staying for the afternoon Supervision Masterclass). This Masterclass counts towards your Volunteer Manager Endorsement. Register here.

Supervision Masterclass
Wednesday 4 September 2019

1.00pm to 4.00pm | West Leederville

Increase productivity, loyalty and commitment from volunteers by examining your supervision style so you can deal successfully with tricky volunteer situations and be able to give effective feedback to volunteers. Cost is $88/$145 and includes materials and afternoon tea (and lunch if you have registered for the morning Enhancing Access to Diversity Masterclass). This Masterclass counts towards your Volunteer Manager Endorsement. Register here.

Risk Management Fundamentals 
Tuesday 17 September 2019
1.30pm to 3.30pm | West Leederville

Run by our volunteer partners at Bankwest, this two hour interactive session will help you identify and assess the impact of risks within your organisation and determine suitable ways to record, manage and monitor your risks. This is a free session for both members and non-members. Last time this session filled up very quickly, so be quick! This workshop counts towards the Volunteer Manager Endorsement. Register now.

Writing Winning Grant Applications
Wednesday 18 September 2019
5.30pm to 7.30pm | Stirling

This practical workshop is really popular and very useful for those who are time poor and have minimal grant writing experience. Please note that this free workshop is only available for those living or working in Stirling. Limited seats are available. Register here.

Volunteer Manager Networking
Wednesday 25 September 2019
9.30am to 12.00noon | West Leederville

Networking with your peers is especially important as volunteer management can be a lonely profession, often with minimal support and unrealistic demands. Continuing our Taboo Topics series, we have guest speakers from Grow Mental Wellness Programs who will be discussing Mental Health First Aid. This event is free to attend. Register here

Corporate Volunteering

Volunteering WA members can access skilled and/or team based  corporate volunteers. We also help you structure the projects to maximise this resource. To find out more about this program, register here for our upcoming information session. Here's a couple of our latest activities:

Interested in a free one-on-one consultation with Bankwest risk management staff? 

Any community organisations with volunteers that are interested in learning more about risk management fundamentals from industry experts can register for our next session. Attendees are lucky enough to request a free one on one with experienced Bankwest risk management staff afterwards. Register here for our next session. 

Woodside supporting Rocky Bay

Rocky Bay is a leading provider of disability services and on 2 August a Woodside team of corporate volunteers visited their site to assist. The volunteers were split across car/van washing, mulching residents’ gardens and supporting clients with painting their pottery. Everyone enjoyed “meeting and interacting with staff and clients” and “giving back to the community.” We loved being able to support our member, Rocky Bay!

Regional News

Our regional hubs have been busy this month and welcome our members and the community in the Pilbara, Kimberley and Wheatbelt to contact them with any enquiries. We encourage you to follow the hub Facebook pages to see local activity in the area and also to view what training sessions are coming up.

News from the Pilbara: Kelly has run the Teddy Bears Picnic in the Pilbara with both years being a big success with local families. A large proportion of the demographic in Karratha is younger families and Kelly has been working hard to engage students, youth and families in volunteering.


This month we're excited to launch a new calendar feature for referral officers.

Referral officers will soon be able to view a two-week calendar summary on their dashboard, with the ability to open a full calendar.

This calendar will display any future appointments that have been entered into VIKTOR with them as the referral officer.
VRC managers will see the same display, but it will show all booked consultations, as well as allowing them to be moved and assigned to a different referral officer.

For those people that have recently started using VIRA after attending one of our training sessions, please don’t forget that we have support staff to assist if you need any assistance. Please email for your queries. 

Member of the Month - Citizen Advocacy

We present to you this month, our wonderful member Citizen Advocacy Perth West, a not-for-profit organisation which aims to promote, facilitate and support advocacy for people with intellectual disability in Western Australia.

Citizen Advocacy seeks out vulnerable people with intellectual disability that have limited friends and family and match them in a one to one, long-term, voluntary relationship with a caring community member, who will act as friend and spokesperson, or “advocate”, for the person with disability.

These volunteers, who come from all walks of life, are people who value the individual regardless of their disability and who strongly believe that everyone has a right to a fulfilling and enjoyable life. They become friends and share mutual interests such as gardening, art, walking, fishing, cinema, and so on.  In the background citizen advocates are taking an overview of their friends’ lives and stand up for their rights and interests if necessary, protecting them from social isolation and abuse. 

Advocates are amazing people who, by making a long-term voluntary commitment to some of the most vulnerable people in society, enhance and protect their lives. To the wider community, advocates demonstrate that people with intellectual disability are just like you or me, and have the same right and desire to lead a fulfilling life and be treated with dignity and respect.

Last November, Citizen Advocacy celebrated the program with their annual picnic at Kings Park, attended by the 80 advocates and protégés involved in the program.

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 5,800 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.