On 20-21 June 2019, we were delighted to host nearly 300 delegates and over 30 speakers to our 2nd State Conference – the only Conference in Victoria focused specifically on volunteering and designed to attract both the leaders and managers of volunteers, as well as volunteers themselves.
Our exciting line up of speakers challenged the audience with new perspectives and reflected on traditional ways of looking at volunteering. The Conference aimed to activate critical thinking and empower volunteer managers in their roles.
The event was an opportunity for volunteer managers to come together and listen to leaders from diverse backgrounds and leave empowered to critically think about the future.
With the goal to Energise, Enhance, Connect, the multi-streamed conference program covered various topics. These included; Technology, Inclusion, Peer Support, Leadership, Networks & Partnerships, Research & Strategies and Future.
The Conference also included a debate, workshops and inspiring keynote speakers.
One of the goals of the Volunteering Victoria State Conference was to ensure that the learnings from the two day event helped to propel the sector forward. To do this, we have documented the proceedings in a number of ways as a reference for future work.
Conference Survey Results
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Program & Presenters
Our keynote speakers established a framework for the Conference themes.
Susan Alberti, Respect, Responsibility and Making a Difference
Sophie Renton, McCrindle Futures
Samuel Johnson, Love Your Sister
A moderated public conversation addressed the Conference themes. The panellists took different perspectives and offered their thoughts and solutions to a common sector problem or issue. Delegates were invited to submit questions to the panel before and during the session via Slido. This format encouraged insightful discussion, fresh thinking and unique perspectives.
The Art of Leading Volunteers: Energising, Enhancing, Connecting
- Hang Vo, CEO, White Lion
- Richard Dent, CEO Leadership Victoria
- Tina Hosseini, Commissioner, Victorian Multicultural Commission
- Vivienne Cunningham-Smith, CEO, Eastern Volunteers
Day 2: The Future Ain’t What is Used to Be
- Scott Chapman, CEO, Royal Flying Doctor Service Victoria
- Penny Harrison, Director -Volunteering, Australian Red Cross
- Dan Evans, Deputy Managing Director, IPSOS
- Steph Schmidt, Client Success Manager, Rosterfy
Our workshops allowed for an in-depth exploration of contemporary and emerging ideas.
- Volunteering & The Law Hot Topics-Your Questions Answered by Mae Tanner, JusticeConnect
- Leading with Story: Creating Happier, Smarter & More Connected Organisations by Moay Sayer-Jones, Only Human
- Work-life Transition Tactics: From Interference to Integration by Dr. Sarah Cotton, Transitioning Well
- Visibility to Self: The Secret Weapon for Every Leader by Sarah Anderson, Visibility Co.
- The Future of Technology, Volunteering & Volunteer Management by Andy Fryar, Better Impact
- Inclusive Program Design: Delivering for your Volunteers & Community by Philip O’Meara, DHHS
- From Surviving to Thriving: An Introduction to Future-proofing Your Team and Organisation by Brad Adriannsse, Schmiq
- It’s Not All About the Cake: Top Ten Lessons for Emerging Volunteer Managers by Sara Sterling & Hazel Maynard, Volunteering Victoria
These presentations provided quick, insightful snapshots on different topics.
- Engagement in the New World: How can technology help volunteer communication and engagement, instead of hindering?’ by Connie-Marie Caligiuri, Nes Davey, Kat Skull, Ardoch
- Recruiting Online: Trends and Tips to Attract More Volunteers’ by Rebecca Miller, Seek Volunteer
- Building an inclusive community for volunteers, volunteer managers, organisations and corporates at scale’ by Victor Lee, Communiteer
- Pathways to Participation’ by Jenna Chia, Duke Street Community House
- Enhancing Volunteer Connectivity Through a Cultural Responsiveness Approach’ by Mercedes Sepulveda and Yvonne Phillips, MiCare Ltd
- Designing a Volunteer Program Which Welcomes Diversity and Enhances Inclusion by Susan Mclaine, State Library Victoria
- Co-designing volunteer peer-support services to assist older women who live by themselves by Georgina Johnstone, Bolton Clarke Research Institute
- Power of Volunteer Voices by Carol Espinoza and Ryan Coonan, Moonee Valley City Council
- Using Stories for Purpose and Meaning by Chris Harrison, Road Trauma Support Services Vic
- Making a Ruckus: Volunteer Managers Agitating for Change’ by Tracey O’Neill, Austin Health
- Finding the Leaders Within: A Program of Volunteer Leadership Development in a Regional Health Service by Sue Jakob, Balla rat Health Services
- Enhancing and Connecting Women in Governance of Sport Across Victoria by Julie Pettett, Wimmera Regional Sports Assembly/ Centre for Participation
- Campaspe Vibrant Volunteer Project: How this project connected and energised a rural region by Alma Limbrick and Shari Butcher
- LOHVE Network: Changing the Landscape of Volunteer Management in Health
by Sharon Walsh, Bendigo Health
- Charging Your Battery: For GreaterWell-being and Performance by Tegan Davies, the ORANGES toolkit organisations and corporates at scale
- Volunteering 2030: Dead or Alive? by Heike Flieschmann, Palliative Care Victoria
- Attracting, Recruiting and Engaging Multicultural Youth Volunteers’ by Sandeep Varma, Centre for Multicultural Youth
- Empowering the Future Changemakers of Australia’ by Romy Katz, Kids in Philanthropy
- Is it Crisis Time for Rural Volunteering? Challenges Facing Rural Volunteers and VI Os by Assoc. Prof. Leonie Lockstone-Binney, Griffith University
- Stuck in the Middle with You: Lessons from the Emergency Volunteering Shared Learning Network by Blythe McLennan, RMIT University
- Engaging Environmental Volunteers: a capacity building initiative by Em Prof Dorothy Scott AM & Amy Tipton Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater
- Booroondara Volunteer Skills Bank: Creating Opportunities for Professionals to Contribute Skills and Experience to the Local Community by Alana Smith and Laura Lynch, Booroondara Volunteer Resource Centre
- Corporate Volunteering: More Than Wrapping Christmas Presents by Ruth Lee, Origin Foundation
- Our Zietgeist – People Centric Volunteering by Mandy Burns, BeCollective
The Great Debate
The debate was lively, entertaining and thought provoking as well as informative, encouraging the audience to reflect on their work practices and the impact they have on volunteering.