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The Power of Volunteering Conference Session Presentations and Handout

As a lead in to National Volunteer Week, Yarra Ranges Council and Eastern Volunteers hosted their third conference with support from Mt Evelyn & Districts and Mooroolbark Community Banks, Volunteering Victoria and Japara Living & Learning Centre.

Keynote Address

The Power of Volunteering: Imagine the Possibilities! by Sue Noble, CEO from Volunteering Victoria

Keynote Presentation (PDF, 3MB)


Advanced Volunteer Manager Masterclass

In this extended workshop join with other experienced volunteer managers and stretch your volunteer management practices. Topics include advocacy and change, effective leadership and measuring volunteer impact.

Advanced Volunteer Manager Master Class Presentation (PDF, 602KB) 

Corporate Volunteering. What’s in it for you?

In this presentation find out how corporate volunteers can best fit and meet your program and activity needs. Find out what corporate volunteers are also seeking to make the volunteer experience a “win- win” for all.

Planning for a Successful Corporate Volunteer Day (PDF, 445KB)

Young People & Volunteering

In this workshop you will look at and breakdown the risks and benefits of including youth in your organisation. Find out how to target your marketing, the difference between support and appreciation for the young volunteer, and how this can help managers to retain young people in the mix of your organisation.

Young People and Volunteering Presentation (PDF, 202KB) 

Bite Size Volunteering

In this workshop you will gain an understanding of what Bite Size Volunteering is and how it applies to your organisation. Find out the benefits of introducing Bite Size Volunteering and what hinders your organisation from adopting it as good practice. Come away with a plan to get your organisation on the road to incorporating volunteers seeking the Bite Size experience.

Bite Size Volunteering Presentation (PDF, 310KB) 

Challenging your thinking Bite Size handout (DOCX, 18KB)

Training Evaluation Form Bite Size (DOCX, 70KB)

Template VIO Position Description Bite Size (DOCX, 739KB)

Template VIO Project Development Plan Bite Size (DOCX, 796KB)

The Zen of Happy Volunteers

This interactive workshop is exploring what managers can do to create happy volunteers.  If you are wondering what are some of the essential elements of running a volunteer program this workshop is for you.  Workshop participants will work together to come up with truly enlightened ideas for their volunteer programs.

The Zen of Managing Happy Volunteers Presentation (PDF, 562KB) 

Positive Psychology and Mental Well Being for Volunteer Managers

Based on the work by Martin Seligman around positive psychology, this workshop looks at how wellbeing and positive psychology can help ensure you are working at your best.

Positive Psychology And Mental Wellbeing for Volunteer Managers Presentation (PDF, 4MB)

Win a $500 Amazon voucher AND participate in important research – Taking Thanks for Granted?

The aim of the study is to investigate the understanding Australian adults have about gratitude. We anticipate the survey will take 10 minutes of your time. The research is being conducted by Professor Lea Waters, at The University of Melbourne, together with Dr. Liz Gulliford and Dr. Blaire Morgan from the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom.

Please circulate this link amongst your friends, relatives and colleagues. We hope to reach a wide range of Australian adults across all demographics.

Thank you for taking the time to consider participating. We really appreciate any steps you now take to assist in this research.

Click or copy this link to begin the survey. 

Special Interest Groups: Afternoon workshops

Join with other volunteer managers from your own sector to discuss the volunteer issues that are most imperative to you.  What is working and not working with engaging volunteers within your sector? Help develop a diverse range of approaches and actions to address the issues. These sessions are lead by facilitators with experience and knowledge from within the sectors on offer as part of this conference.

SIG’s on offer during the conference afternoon are:

  • Welfare & Social Support

     Facilitator: Chris Riseley - Yarra Ranges Council

     Facilitator: Sue Colverson - Discovery Community Care   

    Welfare Social Support workshop notes (PDF, 190KB)

  • Aged & Disability

     Facilitator: Janette Scott & Caroline Perry - Yarra Ranges Council

     Aged & Disability SIG presentation (PDF, 559KB)

  • Arts & Festivals

     Facilitator: Karen Meuleman - Yarra Ranges Council

    Arts & Festivals workshop notes (DOCX, 41KB)    

  • Environment & Sustainability

     Facilitator: Sarah Fowler & Jess Baillie - Yarra Ranges Council

   Environment and Sustainability SIG Notes (PDF, 208KB)

Join and attend the Outer East Region Volunteer Managers Network (DOCX, 165KB).

Seek further training (DOCX, 50KB) in 2015 with Eastern Volunteers.

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