“GO PURPLE” is the international colour for epilepsy and we are encouraging all Queenslanders to wear purple on Monday 26 March 2018. Purple Day is celebrated throughout the world to dispel the myths surrounding epilepsy by raising awareness in a positive way.

Saturday 25 November 2017 has been designated as “Orange Day” by the UN to raise awareness against violence towards women and girls. The overarching theme of ‘Orange Day’ is “Leave No One Behind: Ending Violence Against Women and Girls”. Orange being a vibrant and optimistic colour it represents a future free of violence.

On Wednesday 11 October, Volunteering Queensland held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) in which we elected our new Board members for 2018.

Volunteering Queensland's 2017 State Volunteering Conference was a resounding success, enabling volunteer-involving organisations to advance their cause, inspiring programs and people, and increasing overall knowledge and understanding of the volunteering industry. On 8 and 9 June 2017, over 80 delegates from across Queensland came together for the inaugural State Volunteering Conference. The delegates were presented with a wealth of information, strategic and practical advice, support and encouragement through engaging presentations by renowned experts, panel discussions, interactive workshops and networking opportunities that prompted conversation on the volunteering climate. Many of the conference presenters travelled far and wide, from interstate or overseas, to share their knowledge and insights to better the future of volunteering throughout Queensland and the wider Australian community. We would like to extend our gratitude to all of our wonderful and inspiring dignitaries, delegates, presenters, panel members, facilitators, board, staff and volunteers who made the conference such a huge triumph. And, a big thank you to our conference sponsor Queensland Fire and Emergency Services.

This workshop looks at all the organisational requirements for managing volunteers.

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  • Sunnybank Hall
  • Corner Lister and Gager Streets, Sunnybank

Anti-Poverty Week starts on Sunday 15 to Saturday 21 October 2017 coinciding with the UN’s annual International Anti-Poverty Day on Tuesday 17 October 2017.

Be inspired, meet volunteers from other organisations and enjoy a great day of express workshops for personal and professional development in August.

Lilian McDougall is amazing - she has supported her community daily since 1997. For Lillian volunteering provided a means to push forward in life when she was at her lowest: “After I lost my husband, I thought I could do one of two things; sit back and do nothing, or go and do something worthwhile. I chose to volunteer.”

Accredited training for volunteer managers

  • Volunteering Queensland, Level 12, 127 Creek Street
  • Brisbane CBD

Our thoughts are currently with Central Queensland (Gladstone Regional Council Area) who are experiencing flooding in their area. There have been no calls for spontaneous volunteers at this time.

The Hon. Shannon Fentiman, Minister for Communities has released a media statement calling for all Queenslanders to start preparing now for the coming summer storm season and any disasters (eg flash flooding, destructive winds, etc) that could impact their communities.

Ashley Fell was the guest keynote speaker at the Volunteering Queensland Annual General Meeting, held on Wednesday 11 October 2017. Ashley is a social researcher, TEDx speaker and as Head of Communications at the internationally recognised McCrindle, she understands the need for organisations to communicate with the emerging generations to effectively engage and motivate them. Her expertise is in how to communicate across generational barriers.

Australia nationally recognises Harmony Day on Wednesday 21 March 2018 to celebrate our cultural diversity and it also coincides with the United Nations ‘International Day of the Elimination of Racial Discrimination’.

Last Wednesday, 18 November, 253 volunteers as well as vulnerable residents came to Eagle Farm Racecourse for Homeless Connect. This important one-day event links people experiencing homelessness with free vital services, provided by community groups and businesses, that many of us take for granted.

Child safety agency Child Wise, training social enterprise Our Community and Victorian law firm Moores have released the 2018 Child Safety Toolkit - How to Create a Child Safe Organisation. The new toolkit was launched at the conclusion of the royal commission to assist not-for-profit organisations understand the realistic measures they can take to provide safe places for children.

On 19-20 February 2015 we held our fourth annual un-conference, the Innovate Symposium, at the Griffith University EcoCentre. The event brought together over 70 people committed to social justice and sustainable communities (professional practitioners from various sectors, community leaders, grassroots activists, researchers and students). During these two days, we explored the discourse of “soul” – a perspective that allows us to challenge and re-evaluate orthodox ways of thinking, working and advocating.

International Migrants Day is an international day observed for taking into account the large and increasing number of migrants in the world. On 4 December 2000, the United Nations appointed 18 December to be officially appointed as International Migrants Day and celebrated annually.

'Leave no woman behind' International Women’s Day is globally recognised to celebrate the amazing acts of courage and determination by ordinary women in their country and communities. The 2018 theme is ‘Leave no woman behind’acknowledges the essential role women play in humanitarian and natural disaster response.

Professional development training for recruiting and retaining a volunteer workforce

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  • Volunteering Queensland, Level 12, 127 Creek Street
  • Brisbane CBD

Professional development training for recruiting and retaining a volunteer workforce

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  • Brisbane North (Venue to be advised)

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