Happy 2019! With the New Year, comes the New Year’s Resolutions – a time to think about your life and how to improve it.

You may have specific goals in mind. Common resolutions include becoming more fit and healthy, meeting new people, developing new skills, improving your career prospects, or doing more to help the community. While “doing volunteer work” may be a New Year’s Resolution in itself, it can also be a means of helping you fulfil your other resolutions. 

A series for three Volunteer Leadership Forums held in Logan (1 November), Brisbane (27 November) and Ipswich (28 November) were organised in partnership between Griffith University’s Community Internship Program, Flexible Living’s Volunteer Service, Volunteering Services Australia (West Moreton) and Volunteering Queensland, with the generous support of Logan City Council and Griffith University, following the success of 2017’s inaugural Brisbane Volunteer Leadership Forum. The vision was free professional development opportunities gifted to volunteers, and volunteer coordinators and managers, as a gesture of thanks for the important role volunteers play in the community, and the contribution of volunteering to society as a whole. 

Thank you for the generous offers of help to volunteer for those affected by the Central Queensland fires. We can always count on Queenslanders to want to help one another when times are tough.

However, at the moment authorities say there is no pressing need yet for assistance, and agencies have the situation in hand. Firefighting crews and emergency services teams are doing an outstanding job and we greatly appreciate their efforts.

Volunteering Australia and Volunteering Queensland have received a number of enquiries about the changes to participation requirements in relation to the Working Age Payments Reforms – Budget 2017-18. Please read this Q&A factsheet provided by The Department of Jobs and Small Business.

For more information on the Working Age Payments Reforms  Budget 2017-18 visit the Department of Human Services website or call 132 850.

Volunteering Australia has provided a submission on The Future of Employment Services. The submission outlines how Volunteering Support Services play a vital and often undervalued role in employment services, the need to improve online services and how volunteering produces better job outcomes for disadvantaged jobseekers.