Curriculum of Giving Working Group Expressions of Interest
A working group will be established under the Volunteering Strategy for SA 2014-2020 (VSSA), reflecting commitment to the Curriculum of Giving initiative by the VSSA and its partner agencies; in particular, the Department for Education, the Department of Human Services (Office for Volunteers) and Volunteering SA&NT.
The Curriculum of Giving SA Working Group will be a strategic group that aims to support, develop, grow and recognise volunteering programs for students in all school sectors (government, independent and Catholic) across South Australia.
Applications closed at 5pm Friday 5 April.
ACSA Report: Volunteering in Aged Care
Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA) is a national peak body organisation supporting over 700 church, charitable and community-based not-for-profit organisations that provide accommodation and care services to older Australians.
“The aged and community care sector could not provide the wide range of services currently available without the significant contribution made by volunteers. There are five and a half million baby boomers in Australia and they make up a significant proportion of the current volunteer workforce” (Noone, J., 2012).
Will the baby boomers be attracted to volunteering and, if so, what type of roles will they choose to contribute their time? We do know that they will enjoy activities such as travel, social engagement and personal development. We also know that they will also be looking for ways in which they can contribute their skills in meaningful ways.
Aged & Community Services SA & NT first published the report The Future of Volunteering in Aged and Community Care in 2014.
Revised in 2017, this report explores the desires of baby boomers with a view to finding out if the traditional volunteer roles available in aged care will attract them and, if not, what changes need to be made to maximise their participation.
Insurance brokers for community groups
Local Community Insurance Services - LCIS is a specialist insurance provider established to manage the insurance needs of clubs and community groups within Australia.
GIO - GIO(SunCorp) is a leader in providing eligible Not For Profit Organisations with Public and Products Liability Insurance and is committed to the community.
NCOSS - NCOSS Community Cover is a bulk-buying insurance program brokered through Aon Risk Services with special features for not-for-profit and human services organisations.
Our Community - The Community Insurance & Risk Management Centre has been established to help Australian community groups get practical information, support and resources on risk management and to buy affordable insurance.
How does it feel to be a community mentor?
The Community Mentoring program matches young people in schools with trained volunteers from the community. Community Mentoring works to assist students to make successful transitions at school and to achieve their potential. Simply by giving one hour a week during school terms can make a big difference.
Work Health Safety: What It Means for Volunteers
A new Work Health and Safety (WHS) flow chart has been released by the Volunteering Strategy for SA, Project Team Three.
The chart aims to assist volunteer associations, volunteers and people conducting a business who engage volunteers with understanding how WHS laws may apply to their volunteering activities.
Developed in partnership with SafeworkSA, Local Community Insurance Services and the Local Government Association Workers Compensation Scheme, the flow chart contains relevant information and links to guidance material to help ensure the health and safety of volunteers.
The Department for Communities and Social Inclusion has developed an easy to use, interactive, free, online, self-paced development program which guides community organisations towards sustainability and success – it is called STARservice!
STARservice is for small community organisations who want to attract grant funding and improve their practices but are not required to undertake a quality accreditation program.
Organisations register online and complete 18 interactive questions, which once verified, gives them STARservice status.
It doesn't matter if an organisation can't answer 'Yes' to every question the first, second or even the third time. The STARservice process is all about continuous improvement and identifying areas that need work and then planning to take positive actions. By answering 'No' additional resources and links become available so organisations can address the criteria and gradually improve in order to complete the online process.
The benefits for organisations to complete the STARservice Development Program are:
- developing better practices such as work, health and safety (WHS), risk and financial management
- becoming well positioned to attract funding and support
- developing policies and procedures
- having qualified and motivated employees and volunteers
- providing a safe, positive and welcoming environment
- well on their way to achieving the Australian Service Excellence Standards
Register today by visiting https://www.starservice.sa.gov.au/
Volunteering Strategy for South Australia 2014–2020
Find out more by visiting the Volunteer Strategy for South Australia website.