State of Volunteering
and Advocacy

All events until 21 April 2021 will be run virtually.

Cost: $175 members | $230 non members
Advocacy on behalf of our volunteers and volunteer programs is a key part of any volunteer managers role, however its often an unstated responsibility, and how to have the greatest impact isn’t always clear. In this session Volunteering Victoria will guide you to thinking through advocacy at your organisation in the context of the recent State of Volunteer Report and how this can be used to win over key stakeholders and influence thinking on the future of volunteering and your organisations volunteer involvement.

Learning outcomes

  • Understand the advocacy context for volunteering and volunteer programs
  • Identify key findings from the State of Volunteering
  • Apply data from the State of Volunteering to construct a business case to promote volunteer involvement
  • Create an advocacy action plan for their organisation
  • Identify critical friends to assist with executing this plan

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.

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