- Last Updated on Thursday, 16 May 2013 14:51
In support of this year's National Volunteer Week, Volunteering Qld has a number of free events and activities planned to thank everyone involved in the volunteering space (this includes volunteers themselves, leaders of volunteers and non-profits, community groups, government, corporates and academics that support volunteering) and increase volunteer awareness and participation across the state, including:
- One Big Thank You!
- Youth Looking Beyond Disasters
- Futuring Volunteer Management: Enhancing the Volunteer Experience
- The Community Games
Check out what else is happening around Queensland via our interactive National Volunteer Week Events Map. We'd love to hear what events you’re holding to thank your volunteers and recognise the value of volunteering during the week. Maybe it’s a lunch out where volunteers can get together and socialise with each other, maybe it’s a more formal volunteer awards ceremony or a personal thank you to each person who supports volunteering in your organisation or perhaps a public statement detailing the difference your volunteers make. If you’re in need of inspiration for what to do to mark National Volunteer Week, check out this list of ideas.
Whatever way you choose to celebrate, please add it to our National Volunteer Week Events Map. It only takes a couple of minutes to fill in the form and you’ll help us promote the impact of volunteering and document the wide range of Queensland's National Volunteer Week activities.
Here's some useful links to help you celebrate National Volunteer Week:
- Theme announcement
- Download promotional materials (logo, posters, banners, certificates)
- Purchase lapel pins
- Volunteering in Australia facts
- Media centre
- Read our media releases
- Check out what's happening across Queensland
- Add your National Volunteer Week event to the map
- Ideas for events and activities
- How to participate in National Volunteer Week 2013
- What's happening around the nation
- If you are on Twitter the National Volunteer Week hashtag is #NVW2013
- 101 top tips to recognise volunteers
A CELEBRATION OF THE CONTRIBUTION OF QUEENSLAND'S 1.2 MILLION VOLUNTEERS WHO GIVE THEIR TIME, SKILLS AND ENERGY TO HELP OTHERS
Through a mix of live speeches, videos and a Skype chat ‘One Big Thank You!’ will demonstrate the variety of ways that Queenslanders volunteer from the city to the outback, from the Torres Strait Islands to the Gold Coast.
Hear interesting volunteer stories from high impact community groups and nonprofits from the arts, environmental, sports, community service and emergency sectors.
- The Hon Tracy Davis MP, Minister for Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services
- Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Graham Quirk
- Palm Beach Youth Music Venture
- Special Olympics Queensland
- West End Welcomes
- The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation
- The Hon Mark Butler MP, Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Minister for Social Inclusion, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Mental Health Reform, Minister for Housing and Homelessness
- Outback Links - Frontier Services
- Ready, Set, Go - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Resilience
- Environmental volunteering betters our world animation
Plus, learn about volunteering in regional Queensland via a Skype chat with the Welcome to Mackay Centre.
The Master of Ceremonies will be Anthony Frangi, Content Director at News Talk 4BC.
‘One Big Thank You!’ will bring together a select group of individuals from across the volunteering space, including volunteers, leaders of volunteers, nonprofit and community group directors, government, academics and corporates.
One Big Thank You! is proudly supported by Queensland Government and Westpac.
CELEBRATE THE CONTRIBUTION OF YOUNG VOLUNTEERS INVOLVED IN BUILDING COMMUNITY RESILIENCE + NATURAL DISASTERS RESPONSE AND PREPAREDNESS
Join us for a free screening of the UNESCO Youth Looking Beyond Disasters documentary project. We’ll use discussion points from the film to facilitate roundtable conversations on the role of young people in disaster management and community resilience building. Your ideas and recommendations will contribute to a UNESCO Communiqué that will be presented to governments, response agencies, researchers and organisations. Food and drinks will be provided.
- To celebrate and acknowledge the contribution of youth to disaster management and community resilience.
- To provide recommendations on how to be more inclusive and responsive to the needs of young people in disaster situations and how to better engage and integrate them in the disaster management process.
4 – 6pm, Thursday 16 May 2013
166 Ann St, Brisbane
- Download Youth Looking Beyond Disasters flyer
- Read more at www.emergencyvolunteering.com.au
- Or visit the UNESCO Youth Looking Beyond Disasters documentary project page at www.lbdfilmproject.com
RSVP BY FRIDAY 10 MAY 2013
CAN'T MAKE IT TO THE EVENT BUT STILL WANT TO BE INVOLVED?
Because we recognise that not everyone can make it on the day - we've created an information sheet that details some ways you can still get involved from anywhere in the world! If you decide to hold your own Youth Looking Beyond Disasters event, please download this activity sheet.
Youth Looking Beyond Disasters is proudly supported by Queensland Government, UNESCO and Digital CinematiX HD.
HEAR THE LATEST RESEARCH AT THIS INTERACTIVE FORUM WHERE WE WILL EXPLORE THE SKILLS AND ATTITUDES, PRACTICES AND STRATEGIES REQUIRED FOR LEADING AND MANAGING VOLUNTEER SERVICES IN THE COMING YEARS
“… [it’s] the quality of the volunteer experience that is the critical factor in successfully engaging volunteers and therefore strategies that enrich the volunteer experience (particularly recognition, training and professional development opportunities, and effectively matching volunteers’ skills and interests to volunteering activity) all enhance volunteer retention.” 2012 Volunteering Report - Contemporary practices and research in volunteering: A literature review. Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, available online.
Using this literature review of research into volunteering practices as a basis for discussion we will explore current and future opportunities and challenges. In particular, we will focus on how we support and enhance the experience of volunteers across the sector. This event is free to attend.
- Hear the latest research around leading and managing volunteer services.
- The forum is an opportunity for you to share practices and ideas. Voice your opinion on the issues that you as a manager of volunteers seek to be addressed. You will provide input into a paper that outlines the thoughts and opportunities we discuss and how Volunteering Qld may support these into action.
Arrive 9 for 9:30am – 12pm, Friday 17 May 2013
Lvl 13, 333 Adelaide St, Brisbane
Thank you to everyone who has registered, we look forward to an interesting discussion with you.
Futuring Volunteer Management: Enhancing the Volunteer Experience is proudly supported by Queensland Government.
CAN YOUR TEAM BEAT LAST YEAR'S WINNER CRESTMEAD 40+ CLUB AND TAKE HOME THE GOLD?
As Logan's key National Volunteer Week event, the Community Games thanks Logan’s volunteers for their generous support. Join us for free day of interesting games and activities for all abilities: Drumming Spectacular, Side Show Alley, Minute To Win It, Wheel of Steel, The Community's Got Talent, team photos, face painting, jug fill and much more. Come along, participate and show your appreciation of Logan's volunteers!
Volunteers are the core of communities and we believe they should be recognised and respected - that's why we're rewarding them with an entertaining and fun day out that brings the Logan community together.
10am – 2pm, Saturday 18 May 2013
Loganlea Community Centre
18-32 Timms St, Loganlea