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The New Formula for Success on the World Stage with Dame Quentin Bryce

Posted by Volunteer Services Australia on 23 September 2016

The New Formula for Success on the World Stage with Dame Quentin Bryce

Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO, patron of Volunteering Services Australia, was joined by Gold Coast business leaders for a thought provoking lunch on Thursday, 15th of September.

Ms Bryce held an informal conversation with respected author and journalist M.C. Madonna King, discussing volunteering in the community and its legacy, thought leadership, innovation and change.

Using her personal experience as a volunteer and leader Ms Bryce inspired and challenged the way of thinking in the room.

Volunteering Services Australia, CEO Richard Patterson said Ms Bryce provided valuable insight into volunteering and its importance in the community.

"As former Governor General and advocate for a number of causes, Ms Bryce was able to explain the value of volunteering through her own personal experience and what she had witnessed throughout her career." 

"She also stressed the importance of volunteering moving forward and its legacy in the lead up to and after the Commonwealth Games."

Volunteering Services Australia was joined by a hundred of the Gold Coast's business leaders including representatives from Bond University, Southern Cross Austero, Gold Coast University Hospital, Stride Learning, Classic Holidays, Sunshine Motive and Austbrokers Coast to Coast.

"The support from a number of leading national and international businesses in the room demonstrates the significance of volunteering in the community and recognition of the $19.4 billion it contributes to the Australian economy."

"We look forward to continuing to work with thought-leaders and prominent businesses, as we develop strong initiatives to support volunteering and further its legacy nationwide."

About Volunteering Services Australia

Volunteering Services Australia (VSA) is an initiative of Volunteering Gold Coast, the largest volunteer resource centre in Australia, and one of the top 3 transport operators in the country. Volunteering Services Australia has Outreaches operating on the Gold Coast, Jimboomba, Ipswich and Launceston.

Photos available on request.

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Media Contact: Ruby Brookfield     P. (07) 5526 0688    E.  vsamarketing@vsaustralia.org.au

Posted in: September  

Ambassador Program at Gold Coast Airport Takes Flight

Posted by Volunteer Services Australia on 21 July 2016

Ambassador Program at Gold Coast Airport Takes Flight

Volunteering Services Australia and Gold Coast Airport Pty Ltd today announced the launch of the airport's inaugural Ambassador Program, creating 100 jobs for the city's volunteers.

Gold Coast Airport Chief Operating Officer, Marion Charlton, said the airport is thrilled to implement the Ambassador Program. "We've been working toward the launch of this program for some time, so it is exciting to see it all come to fruition," she said.

"The roll-out of our Ambassador Program is timely as we enter a new era of growth at Gold Coast Airport, with the Project LIFT redevelopment works commencing over the coming weeks.

"With a corporate vision to provide exceptional customer experiences, this program will help us enhance the level of service currently provided to our passengers," Ms Charlton said.

Following an initial intake of 20 volunteer positions this year, the Gold Coast Airport Ambassador Program will boast 100 volunteers by April 2018, in time for the visitor influx expected with the Commonwealth Games.

Volunteering Services Australia (VSA) Chief Operating Officer, Lynn Mount, said the partnership was testament to the quality of recruitment and training services offered by the not-for-profit organisation. "VSA is renowned for setting new standards in volunteer recruitment and support services," said Ms Mount.

"We have a longstanding relationship with Gold Coast Airport and with the Gold Coast community in general, and we are excited to help create additional opportunities for city residents to share their local pride with visitors."

Ambassadors will be tasked with welcoming arrivals at Gold Coast Airport, assisting with questions, information and directions to create a welcoming first impression.

Lynn Mount said, "We are delighted to partner Gold Coast Airport to deliver a best practice volunteer ambassador program, providing exceptional customer service and a warm Gold Coast welcome for visitors and passengers to our city."

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Free Public Training to Celebrate Volunteering Birthday

Posted by Volunteer Services Australia on 20 July 2016

Free Public Training to Celebrate Volunteering Birthday

July marks the first anniversary of Volunteering Services Australia (VSA) opening its doors in Ipswich.

To celebrate the occasion, VSA is hosting training and workshop sessions on Thursday, 28th of July in the W.G Hayden Humanities Building.

Open to the public and other not-for-profit organisations, VSA Chief Executive Officer Richard Patterson said the free training sessions are to thank the people of Ipswich for their ongoing support.

"We have had a positive response to our services thus far and we would like to invite the community to participate in a training session as our way of saying thank you."

"In just 12 months, Volunteering Services Australia has referred 350 volunteers through 26 locations across the West Moreton area," he said.

"As specialists in volunteer recruitment and education, VSA has provided tailored training to 60 volunteers and 26 volunteer managers in the region, boosting local expertise. We're proud to partner organisations including Able Australia, House with No Steps, St Vincent de Paul Society and National Trust Australia, and look forward to expanding our services and partnerships in the coming year."

Two free training workshops will be on offer next Thursday, providing locals the opportunity to undertake professional and personal development:

Grant Writing Josie Berry, Ipswich City Council, will share knowledge on preparing and writing successful grant applications, the process for applying for grants and provide an opportunity to for a Q&A with participants. 

Budgeting - Penelope Summersby, Financial Counsellor with Salvation Army Moneycare, will give tools and tips on budgeting and dealing with pay day lenders.

"We would like to invite local not-for-profits to attend our Grant Writing workshop and the general public is invited to attend a Budgeting workshop, a perfect kick-start for the new financial year," said Mr Patterson.

"We have catered these sessions to service the needs of both local not-for-profits and the general public."

Both workshops are being held from 1pm to 2:30pm on Thursday, 28th of July in the W.G Hayden Humanities Building, 56 South Street Ipswich.


ENDS Media Contact: Tanaya Roy P.  0458 842 336/5526 1933    E.  tanaya.roy@vsaustralia.org.au

 

ABOUT VOLUNTEERING SERVICES AUSTRALIA


Volunteering Services Australia, in conjunction with sister organisation, Volunteering Gold Coast, aims to develop, strengthen and connect the community by achieving excellence in volunteering, and business and community development for the mutual benefit of the individual and the wider community.

Posted in: July  

Musical celebration for Gold Coast Seniors

Posted by Volunteering Gold Coast on 14 July 2016
Musical celebration for Gold Coast Seniors

Musical celebration for Gold Coast Seniors

Volunteering Gold Coast will be celebrating Seniors Week 2016 with a Musical Variety Concert at the Nerang Bicentennial Hall on Friday, 19 August. 

Supported by The City of Gold Coast, Volunteering Gold Coast's musical variety show is renowned for bringing enjoyment and fun to seniors.

Volunteering Gold Coast Chief Executive Officer, Richard Patterson, said "It's a great social outing for seniors residents and it's a strong selling point that the concert comprises senior entertainers as well".

The Musical Variety Concert will feature performances by members of Volunteering Gold Coast's entertainment troupe, such as The Show Tunes from Annie McGuire, 60's Rock n Roll from Michael Jay, bush poetry, ballads from Bob Faulkner and many more.

Queensland's Seniors Week runs from 13-21 August and the theme this year is 'It's on for young and old'.

The concert will encourage seniors to continue to participate and connect with fellow community members, enhancing inter-generational relationships. The last concert was held in April and had over 350 attendees, largely consisting of seniors living independently and in aged care facilities.

Mr Patterson also noted that Seniors Week encourages organisations to engage with senior citizens and promote an age-friendly community through their support services.

Tickets are just $5 and include morning tea and entry into lucky door prizes. To purchase tickets contact Volunteering Gold Coast on 5526 0688.

 

What: Volunteering Gold Coast's Musical Variety Concert

Where: Nerang Bicentennial Hall, Nerang Southport Road, Nerang

When:  Friday 19 August, 2016; 9:30am Morning tea, 10:30am Concert begins, 11:30am Concert concludes

 

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Volunteering Gold Coast Media Contact: P. (07) 5526 0688    E. marketing@volunteeringgc.org.au


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Seniors and Entertainers
Where: Nerang Bicentennial Hall, Nerang Southport Road, Nerang
When: 9.30am-10:30am, Friday 19 August 2016

 

ABOUT VOLUNTEERING GOLD COAST

Volunteering Gold Coast is the City's peak volunteering body and aims to develop, strengthen and connect the community by achieving excellence in volunteering and business and community development for the mutual benefit of the individual and the wider community.

 

SENIORS WEEK, 2016

An annual celebration to recognise the valuable contributions that seniors make to our city.  Queensland's Seniors Week runs from 13-21 August 2016.

Posted in: July  

Volunteers giving back are going places in Australia.

Posted by Volunteer Services Australia on 13 July 2016
Volunteers giving back are going places in Australia.
Volunteering Services Australia Chief Executive Officer, Richard Patterson, was invited by Classic Holidays to present five Classic Hero recipients with awards recognising their contribution this month.

The Classic Hero recipients were Gold Coast volunteers Connie Canale from Co.As.It, Evelyn Williams at Story Dogs, Evonne Collett from Gold Coast Health, Joy Maynard at John Flynn Hospital and Laura Zipf from House with No Steps. 

Volunteering Services Australia, in partnership with Gold Coast based resort and club management company, Classic Holidays, intends to improve the profile of volunteering and encourage Australians, nation-wide to contribute to their local community through the introduction of the Classic Heroes campaign. 

Classic Holidays Chief Commercial Officer, Mark Stephenson, said, "A Classic Hero is someone who goes beyond expectations to generously contribute their time, effort and skills to their local community".

Volunteer Coordinators and family members of the awardees were amongst the 170 attendees of the Classic Heroes presentation.

Volunteering Services Australia's Richard Patterson presented the award winners with a seven-night holiday to use at any of the Classic Holiday resorts across Australia and New Zealand.

Mr Patterson commented, "It was a humbling experience, some volunteers and their family members were brought to tears, as it meant a lot to them".

Mark Stephenson said, "The volunteer work they do for the community is invaluable."

Along with peak-body organisation Volunteering Gold Coast, Volunteering Services Australia, continues to build an influential alliance with Classic Holidays, which operates internationally.  

Classic Holidays has been an invaluable supporter of recently established Volunteering Services Australia and Volunteering Gold Coast since 2011. They have generously awarded up to $15,000 worth of holidays to volunteers. 

"Supporting volunteers encourages them to continue on a charitable path. It's important to let them know their hard work is appreciated and does not go unnoticed", said Richard Patterson.

Volunteering Services Australia and Classic Holidays hope that the Classic Heroes initiative will strengthen and develop local communities by inspiring individuals to undertake volunteer work and organisations to support their local volunteers.

Posted in: July  
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