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Building True Community through Inclusion

By Leila Wright, Webinar Facilitator The term “disability inclusion” is everywhere but what does it really mean? 20 years ago, when I first started working with people with disability, I really didn’t know what was appropriate. I didn’t have much experience with people with disability and, at that time, I didn’t have close family members with disability to learn from. I was also a bit scared that I would do or say “the wrong thing.” In one of my first…

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Tips for Recruiting Volunteers

In a rapidly changing environment, effectively recruiting volunteers can be a challenge for many organisations. Volunteer powered digital mentoring programs are not immune to this challenge, and as the volunteer landscape shifts people are increasingly looking to volunteer in ways that make the most of their unique skills and abilities. This webinar, being delivered by Leep NGO for the Be Connected program, unpacks a variety of methods for recruiting volunteers using practical examples. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wWbdT8RkvM Download Webinar Resource Document To download…

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Harnessing Volunteer Motivation

Volunteers come from all walks of life, each bringing with them their own unique perspective and reasoning for becoming a volunteer. Understanding what inspires and motivates us as individuals and volunteers can be a highly effective way for managing and maintaining volunteer engagement. “What motivates us moves us! [But] don’t assume that what motivates one volunteer, or one group of volunteers, holds true ‘across the board.” – Judy Esmond, Ph.D. This webinar, delivered by Leep in partnership with Good Things…

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Being a Digital Mentor: What’s Involved?

Find out how to inspire and support people to use technology and be online as a one-on-one digital mentor. We explore what's involved in the role and some tips and tricks for success! Digital mentors are people who provide one-on-one support to people so that they can use technology and get online. Whilst supporting people to build their digital skills is a large part of the mentoring journey, a digital mentor must inspire their learners to get online and build…

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Reflections on Susan J. Ellis’ “Continuous Learning Is Not Optional”

I have been seeing my GP for almost 30 years. I’ll see a local doctor for my flu shot or if I’ve caught a bug but for serious illnesses, I willingly travel to Wollongong to see my GP. Why? Because Dr L. dedicates one day each week to reading journals, conferencing with colleagues, attending training and seminars, whatever it takes to ensure he has the most current research to help his patients. When I see him, I know that his…

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Debunking Skilled Volunteering: How to Tap into Skilled Corporate Volunteers

Australians are very busy people - working an average of 4 extra hours a week to be able to get through their to do list. Yet we are also extremely generous and looking for ways to give back that use our skills and enable us to volunteer on our own terms. With more and more individuals looking to volunteer in a skilled capacity, or through their workplace employee volunteer program, skilled and corporate volunteering is on the rise. So how…

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Building Innovation in Volunteerism through Digital Inclusion

The volunteering landscape within Australian communities is shifting. Many individuals wishing to volunteer are seeking opportunities that meet their own needs and fit within demanding personal and professional schedules. This diverse volunteer pool demands new ways of thinking and planning for volunteer engagement that fosters social, economic and digital inclusion for volunteers and communities alike. Leep believes that the possibilities volunteering and digital technology offer should be available to all, and have been working at the forefront of community engagement…

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Base Jumping with your Volunteers

Recently a Volunteer Manager said to me “On-boarding volunteers feels like jumping off a cliff. Off we go, no safety harness, and a 2000ft drop below. Managing volunteer risk in my program is overwhelming!” Managing volunteer risk does not need to feel this way. Let us help you prepare by packing a ‘volunteer risk management parachute’. Here are a couple of tips to help you get started: Pack a Parachute Before you jump into volunteer management, you should… 1. Review…

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Leep Volunteer Managers October Forum

We all had a ball!

I knew I had picked the right woman for the job, when Moya whipped out a selection of Polaroid cameras. Have you ever tried to document your story using a Polaroid camera?  I hadn’t and in fact I didn’t even know how to use a Polaroid. In this workshop Moya Sayer-Jones led 16 Volunteer Managers on a journey of discovery with simple exercises and deep insights. It was mind blowing to see how taking a simple photograph of the person…

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Building a Culture of Volunteer Recognition: Three Steps to Success

The tradition of National Volunteer Week is thriving in Greater Western Sydney! This May the Volunteer Solutions Team supported 11 volunteer recognition events across the region. It was clear-across all of these events just how much each volunteer’s time and efforts are appreciated. Given the value of our volunteers, we need to be doing our best to ensure we hold onto them. The best volunteering programs I have seen, offer volunteers unique & meaningful roles, and have been led by…

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