National Volunteer Week (NVW) is the annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our nation’s volunteers.
From 18 – 24 May 2020, we waved our appreciation and said thank you to 714,138 Queenslanders who volunteer, and the 6 million volunteers across Australia.
We felt that at this time, during the evolving COVID-19 situation, it was more important than ever to recognise the extraordinary impact of volunteers. Volunteer organisations around the state embraced technology to host online activities and events that supported the theme ‘Changing Communities. Changing Lives.’ and showed appreciation of their volunteers.
Here is how Volunteering Queensland celebrated the week:
Message from the Minister for Communities
The Minister for Communities, the Honourable Coralee O'Rourke MP, released a message thanking volunteers – in particular the almost 28,500 Queenslanders who stepped up to join the Care Army and support seniors and vulnerable people through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Message from the Governor of Queensland
Our patron, His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, released a message expressing his gratitude and appreciation for all Queensland volunteers for the contribution they make.
NVW Small Grants Initiative
We received overwhelming interest in the National Volunteer Week Small Grants Initiative. Thank you to 450 volunteer organisations who applied to host appropriate and responsible COVID safe events for volunteers. Activities include welcome back functions, professional development programs and initiatives to increase volunteer participation. Congratulations to the 31 volunteer organisations who were successful in receiving a grant.
We were proud to launch two helpful guides for volunteering and volunteer management in pandemics:
- Responding to a Pandemic: A Practical Guide for Volunteer Involving Organisations
- Volunteering in Response to a Pandemic: A Practical Guide for Volunteers
Continuous Professional Development Program
Our Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Program for Professional Leaders of Volunteers opened for expressions of interest. The program is a formal avenue to improve your knowledge and skills, help raise your proﬁle, and demonstrate your dedication to your career and to the volunteer leadership profession.
NVW 2020 Broadcast
We shared two interesting video interviews as part of the NVW 2020 Broadcast, which saw renowned ABC journalist, Josephine Cafagna interview:
Geoff Mulgan: Geoff is the director of the Young Foundation, a center for social innovation, social enterprise and public policy with a 50-year history of creating new organisations and pioneering ideas in fields as varied as aging, education, healthcare and poverty reduction.
Craig Foster: In early 2019, Craig led an international campaign to free a young Bahraini footballer and refugee, Hakeem al-Araibi from a Thai prison. Craig is a former Socceroo Captain and architect of the #PlayforLives campaign.
Landmarks light up red
It was wonderful to see our state’s capital landmarks lit up in red throughout NVW to acknowledge and celebrate all of Queensland’s incredible volunteers. Thank you, Brisbane!
Wear Orange Wednesday
We participated in Wear Orange Wednesday to show our support to Queensland’s amazing State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers. It is important to say thanks for the great work they do responding to emergencies and disasters across the state, 24/7.
Queensland Volunteering Awards
We closed nominations for our Queensland Volunteering Awards 2020. We usually hold the awards ceremony during NVW, however due to the COVID-19 pandemic we plan to hold the event towards the end of the year.
We opened our new online shop where volunteer organisations can purchase merchandise to say thank you to their volunteers. Check out keepsake volunteer badges that your volunteers will cherish.
Our team promoted the importance of volunteering, NVW, and volunteer safeguarding through many media interviews during the week. We received over 130 items of coverage, with a huge reach of over 5.6 million.
Social media campaign
We loved seeing all the #NVW2020 social media posts as we celebrated digitally this year. Our social media campaign had over 62,000 impressions.
Our NVW website had all the ideas, inspiration, and resources needed to help volunteer organisations mark the special occasion. We received 5,300 resource downloads.
NVW 2021 – Save the date:
Volunteering Australia has announced the dates for the next National Volunteer Week:
Monday 17 May – Sunday 23 May 2021.
A heartfelt thank you from the Board, staff, volunteers and family of Volunteering Queensland!
National Volunteer Week is proudly supported by the Queensland Government.