We're working on our 2021 calendar and hope to bring you new training and events soon.
National Volunteer Week celebrations – Share a video message
The theme for National Volunteer Week is 'Recognise. Reconnect. Reimagine'. Held 17–23 May 2021, the theme acknowledges it's time to:
- recognise, celebrate and thank volunteers for the vital role they play in making our communities stronger, especially during times of need, crisis or isolation
- reconnect to what is important by giving our time to help others, our local community or a cause we value
- reimagine how we better support volunteers and the organisations they help so that they can continue to do the necessary work that they do.
To celebrate National Volunteer Week, we are asking our volunteers and volunteer managers to send us a short video sharing their thoughts on this year’s theme.
Volunteers, tell us why it’s important you give your time to help others, your local community or a cause you value. Volunteers managers, let us know how you celebrate and thank volunteers and how to better support them.
We'll show your video at our volunteer recognition event in May. We'll also uploaded your video to a new Volunteers for Glen Eira page. So, get your phone out and make a video today!
When making your video, follow these handy tips:
- Keep it to 30 seconds.
- Time yourself before you talk, just a quick snappy response.
- Film in landscape mode.
- Film in a well-lit space.
- Keep the camera as still as you can.
- Get someone to help if you can.
Send your video to email@example.com by Friday 9 April. In the email include your full name, volunteer title and contact number. We will be in touch to send you a consent form to let us share your video.
For more information or help, contact the Access and Inclusion Volunteer Officer on 03 9524 3333.
Past volunteering training and events
International Volunteer Day online workshop
To celebrate International Volunteer Day, we held a webinar Let’s celebrate our volunteers for volunteers and volunteer managers on 4 December 2020. Anne Coughlin, Manager from Community Information and Support, Glen Eira, spoke about how their Volunteer Resource Program supports local organisations seeking volunteers and matching volunteers to opportunities. Sara Sterling, Sector Development Manager from Volunteering Victoria, presented the newly released State of Volunteering Report and shared the findings about the future of Volunteering in Victoria.
Restarting your volunteer program in the COVID-19 world
We hosted an informative online workshop on how to restart your volunteer program in the COVID-19 world in August and September 2020. Volunteering Victoria ran the workshop, which looked at the COVID-19 situation, and the unique considerations that volunteer involving organisations must weigh up to begin delivering their volunteer programs in a safe manner.
National Volunteers Week 2020
To celebrate National Volunteers Week (18–24 May 2020), we hosted a podcast on Volunteering in challenging times. Amy Moore, Co-ordinator of Diversity and Inclusion, led a discussion with engaging stories and valuable insights from Scott Miller (CEO Volunteering Victoria), Thirumagal Arunachalam Elanthendral (RMIT Engineering student, Robotics Mentor and Volunteer) and Arnold Zable (highly acclaimed novelist and recipient of Glen Eira Council Volunteer Recognition for his 20 years of service for The Kadimah Jewish Cultural Centre and National Library). Watch or listen to the podcast below.