Building an
Inclusive Volunteer

All events will run virtually.

Cost: FREE (supported by VMA funding)
We all aim to have diversity in our volunteer programs, but developing and maintaining a truly inclusive volunteer program can be challenging. This interactive workshop will provide participants with the inspiration and tools to do this and will include: reviewing organisational procedures and workplace culture and planning and developing strategies for diversity and inclusion in volunteer programs.

This session builds on lessons, resources and tools from the Victoria ALIVE project about how to ensure your volunteer program is truly inclusive.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Review their organisational procedures to identify opportunities for promoting inclusion in volunteering
  • Reflect on workplace culture and inclusion
  • Identify and develop strategies for to promote diversity and inclusion in volunteering

Meet the trainers


Hazel Maynard

Sector Development Trainer

Following an early-life career change (from patents translator to not-for profit), Hazel has worked for a number of Not for Profit organisations in the past three decades, including the Australian Red Cross, Amnesty International and The Cancer Council Victoria. She has managed large and small volunteer programs.

Hazel is a trainer for Volunteering Victoria and runs public and in-house training sessions for the not-for-profit sector. She is passionate about encouraging people who are socially isolated or marginalised to volunteer, and upholding the rights of volunteers. Hazel has volunteered for much of her life, joining St John Ambulance Brigade as a volunteer first-aider when she was eleven because she liked the uniform – this relationship was short-lived as she fainted at the sight of blood on her first assignment.

Hazel became a board member of Volunteering Victoria in 2006 and was the President of the Board of Management from 2008 to 2010.  She was awarded honorary life membership of the national peak body, Volunteering Australia, in 2006 and has had a number of articles published in professional journals, mainly on topics relating to volunteer management.


Sara Sterling

Sector Development Manager

Sara joined Volunteering Victoria in January 2018 with a focus on Professional Development services. She has ten years’ experience in government and not for profit sectors. She has focused on volunteer management, program support and administration and training and development. She has a Masters in Social Policy, and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. She is passionate about volunteers, volunteer managers and supporting the sector broadly.