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Why is inclusive volunteering important?

Volunteering Tasmania believes that every Tasmanian deserves the opportunity to find a meaningful volunteer role. Volunteering fosters participation and connection to community and can build knowledge and skills as a pathway to employment. Our organisation commits to removing barriers to volunteering and supporting volunteer organisations to be more inclusive. We feel it is important that the volunteer workforce reflects the diversity of our Tasmanian community.

What are we doing to support inclusive volunteering?

Volunteering Tasmania is committed to broad inclusion through breaking down structural barriers to volunteering, with a particular focus on newly arrived migrants, First Nations people and people with disability.

Our Volunteer Management Activity aims to increase opportunities for people to participate in the social and economic life of their broader community through volunteering, by:

1. building effective volunteering practices and opportunities within organisations and communities

2. increasing the diversity of volunteers

3. improving access to information on volunteering

4. providing access to the training, resources and support that volunteers and volunteer-involving Organisations (VIOs) need.

We provide best practice resources and services online and over the phone to strengthen volunteer management practices and volunteer leadership, and build the capacity of VIOs to break down barriers to volunteering.

Inclusive Volunteering program

This program directly supports people with disability or on a mental health recovery journey into volunteering, as a pathway to employment.

We acknowledge that there may be different levels of experience in inclusive volunteering among volunteer-involving organisations and different levels of support needed, which we will provide through two of our strategic focus areas:

• For Organisations – through education, collaboration and practical resources, we can help volunteer-involving organisations embrace diversity in the volunteer workforce, so that there is expansion and flexibility in the types of volunteering available.

• For Individuals – we will provide direct support to individuals who want to volunteer, to help them transition into volunteering roles with inclusive organisations.

For more information on the Inclusive Volunteering Program (IVP), to refer someone, or to self-refer, contact: inclusion@volunteeringtas.org.au or (03) 6234 1686.

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Volunteer Connect

Volunteer Connect is a national volunteer referral system which connects volunteers and organisations. It allows people to search for a new volunteer role and for volunteer-involving organisations to advertise for and recruit new volunteers.