Volunteer Outreach Service,
Volunteer Training,
National Volunteer Week 9-15 May 2016,
2016 NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards,
Volunteer Media Releases
Grants / Funding Information.
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Volunteer Network


May 2016

Volunteer Network provides a comprehensive volunteer recruitment, referral and support program to organisations which utilise volunteers in the day to day running of their programs.
Volunteer Outreach Service @ Burwood Library and Community Hub
Wednesday 11 May 2016
Volunteer Network is a volunteer resource program whose aim is to finding volunteering opportunities for people in their local community.

Volunteer Network also provides support in the form of training, best practice, information, networking and communication. 

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please come to Burwood Library on the second Wednesday of the month from 10am to 12pm and meet the staff of Volunteer Network and discuss how we can find the best volunteer position for you.

For more information, contact Volunteer Network on 9911 9855 or or visit our website
First Aid Training
Provide First Aid 2 Day
St John Provide First Aid First Aid 2 day Course is a comprehensive course that will give you the knowledge, skills and confidence to help an ill or injured person until emergency help arrives. You will learn the DRSABCD action plan as well as resuscitation, defibrillation, asthma, anaphylaxis and the management of various injuries and illnesses.
The St John Ambulance course normally costs $195.00 per person.  Volunteer Network will be subsidising this course, THE COST OF THIS COURSE WILL NOW BE $80.00 PER PERSON
All bookings are essential, to book or for further information contact:  Recruitment & Training Officer on 9911 9856 or
Introduction to Community Engagement
Step into TAFE SWSi for FREE
Do you have an interest in working in the Community Services Sector?  Are you passionate about community work? Do you enjoy working with people and are currently seeking a way to gain qualifications to move into employment?
TAFE NSW – SouthWestern Sydney Institute together with Burwood Council are offering you the opportunity to enrol into the Introduction to Community Engagement course.
The training is run over 8 weeks and will help you understand what it takes to succeed as a community.
Information Session: Burwood Library and Community Hub 2 Conder Street, Burwood, Thursday 26 May 2016 at 10:00am
Bookings are essential.
To book or for further information contact: Children, Families and Cultural Development Officer on 02 9911 9905 or email


National Volunteer Week 9-15 May 2016

National Volunteer Week (NVW) is an annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our nation’s volunteers. With the theme Give Happy, Live Happy, introduced in 2015, we continue in 2016 to celebrate and explore the research that shows volunteers live happier and healthier lives.

Beyond Bank Australia is again partnering with Volunteering Australia for National Volunteer Week.

The Give Happy, Live Happy web portal has everything you need to celebrate volunteering including merchandise available for preorder and downloadable resources all aimed at acknowledging the hard work of volunteers and to encourage others to volunteer, so they too can Give Happy, Live Happy. To find out more visit
Take a photo and put a 'V' on it!    
National Volunteer Week 9-15 May 2016

There has been iVolunteer App created, the app superimposes a transparent ‘V’ on your picture and sends it to various social media channels.   The app is to recognise the great work of volunteers all around Australia.

You can download and install the ‘V’ app for android and iPhone:


2016 NSW VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARDS: nominations open

The NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards is an annual awards program launched in 2007 by The Centre for Volunteering to recognise the outstanding efforts of the 2 million+ volunteers in NSW, and to promote the importance of volunteering to the community. Nominations are now open for the following categories:
  • Student – Full-time students in Primary, Secondary, Vocational or Tertiary study
  • Youth- 24 years and under
  • Adult – 25 to 64 years
  • Senior – 65 years +
  • Volunteer Team
  • Excellence in Volunteer Management
  • Corporate Volunteer (Individual)
  • Corporate Volunteer Team
The winners of Student, Youth, Adult and Senior categories will be eligible for the award of Volunteer of the Year.

Nominations close: 15 July 2016
Media Release:
$12 million Budget Night Cut to Strengthening Communities Program Set to Weaken Volunteering

Volunteer Support Organisations will need to brace for the disastrous impact of a dramatic cut to the Department of Social Services Strengthening Communities program in tonight’s Federal Budget, with funding for the program set to shrink from $40.5 million to $28.4 million over the next four years, says Volunteering Australia.

Over $8 million of that cut will take place in the first year, with Strengthening Communities funding set to fall to $32 million in 2016-17, in a surprise move that comes as a complete shock to the volunteering sector.

The Strengthening Communities program funds a range of programs including the Volunteer Management grants program and the Volunteer Innovation and Collaboration grants. These programs were funded at a total of just $6.4 million in the 2015-16 Budget.
Media Release:  
State of Volunteering in Australia

New Volunteering Australia data released today confirms that volunteering rates in NSW and across Australia are under pressure, and that organisations need to better align volunteering opportunities with the interests of prospective volunteers.

In line with the recent ABS data signifying a 5% decline in volunteering over the past 5 years, the State of Volunteering in Australia report indicates that volunteers are feeling the pressure, that they are time poor and those barriers to volunteering need to be removed.

The Volunteering Australia State of Volunteering in Australia 2016 report, compiled with the assistance of PwC, analyses the findings from a national survey of approximately 3,000 volunteers, volunteer involving organisations and, for the first time, corporations.
Grants / Funding

ClubGRANTS within the Inner West

Burwood ClubGRANTS  - Community organisations are invited to apply for funding towards projects that address local community needs of residents primarily residing in Burwood and Strathfield Local Government areas.  Priorities for this year’s funding are children and families, youth, culturally and linguistically diverse communities, volunteer based programs, and projects that encourage active aging.
Closes 01 June 2016

Canada Bay ClubGRANTS - Community groups in the City of Canada Bay local government area are encouraged to apply for funding under the ClubGRANTS Program.  Several local participating/qualifying clubs in the area have funding available in the following categories:   Community Welfare and Social Services, Community Development, Community Health Services and Employment Assistance Activities.
Closes 20 May 2016

Other Funding

IKEA® Living Local Community Grants - While IKEA works on a global level to improve the lives of many people in developing countries, we also want to make a positive impact on our local community.
The IKEA Living Local Community Grants are about combining our products and home furnishing expertise and our co-worker volunteer leave days to ‘makeover’ a room or a space in a local not-for-profit or charity organisation.
IKEA Australia is seeking inspiring proposal from local non-profit or charity organisations with a need for our home furnishings product and expertise.
The Round 2 deadline for applications is midnight, 29th May 2016.

Future2 Make the Difference! Grants 2016 - Future2 Make the Difference! Grants are designed for the benefit of socially and financially disadvantaged young Australians. Since 2007 Future2 has awarded grants of $613,000 to community not-for-profits and charities working to give a better life to thousands of deserving young people.
Grant categories
The types of grants offered:
• One year grants of up to $10,000
• Multi-year grants, with total value of up to $30,000 over three years
Applications to receive grant funding are invited from organisations that have programs to address the needs of disadvantaged young Australians through:
• Education, including skills training and leadership development
• Engagement, including mentoring and juvenile justice programs
• Employment, including work experience and job readiness training
• Wellbeing, including remedial programs for drug and alcohol dependence
• Independent living, homelessness and social inclusion

SUEZ Community Grants - SUEZ is committed to helping to create a sustainable future. To assist local groups reach this goal in their own communities, we’ve developed a set of criteria to help ensure funding is provided to projects where it can make the most impact.
Grant-funded projects must meet at least one of our key focus areas:
  • Encourage community involvement and improve the quality of the local environment
  • Develop environmental awareness and inspire participation in sustainable activities through education
  • Contribute to improved human health and wellbeing
  • Support and encourage recreation and community building
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