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Political Parties Respond to Volunteering NZ

This post was originally posted on scoop.co.nz.

Volunteering, like voting, is an opportunity to exercise our democratic citizenship.

Contributing 157 million hours or the equivalent of approximately $3.5 billion to the country’s GDP, volunteers are vital to the social development, economy and environment of New Zealanders.

VNZ are therefore pleased to publish the responses from nearly every political party in relation to our 2017 election manifesto for volunteers and volunteering. ‘There are many changes occurring within the volunteering sector making it essential it remains well supported and future-proofed’ states Scott Miller, Chief Executive of Volunteering New Zealand.

‘The 2017 election provides an opportunity to look at how the Government can ensure volunteering remains a strong part of our nation’s identity, and the level to which this is reflected in parties’ policy manifestos and replies’ adds Miller.

Following consultation with its members, Volunteering New Zealand’s manifesto contains four areas of focus for the next Government. These are: (1) Government agencies better valuing and recognising the contribution made by volunteers to service delivery and social capital; (2) Making it easier for people to volunteer; (3) Support for more effective volunteer management; and (4) Looking after the welfare of volunteer workers.

Read the VNZ manifesto and the party responses at www.volunteeringnz.org.nz/policy/elections/

Volunteering New Zealand (VNZ) is an association of national volunteer-involving organisations that have a commitment to volunteering. Their mission is to maximise the impact of volunteering in our communities. www.volunteeringnz.org.nz

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VNZ Releases InvolveMe to Increase the Effectiveness of Volunteering

Volunteering New Zealand is pleased to release ‘InvolveMe’ a free online tool designed to help strengthen the effort of our nation’s 1.2 million volunteers.

VNZ Releases InvolveMe

“New Zealand’s volunteer workforce generates the equivalent of $3.5 billion to the economy, across more than 100,000 non-profit organisations, so it is vital that we ensure people with responsibility for volunteering across all levels of an organisation remain agile and strategic in the face of changing forms and expectations of volunteers” says Scott Miller, Chief Executive of Volunteering New Zealand.

The InvolveMe tool comprises a survey and customised report for organisational staff and volunteers to assess their organisation’s existing strengths and opportunities by providing an almost 360 degree picture of the organisation’s effectiveness across four domains: (1) strategy, (2) organisation culture, (3) communication, and (4) tools, processes, and resources supporting volunteering.

Miller explains that the tool will help people to “look at their strengths and weaknesses, and to start a conversation about what work can be done to support and improve the volunteer experience. By identifying any gaps and generating ideas for addressing these, we think it will be ideal to use when reviewing or refreshing your organisation’s volunteer involvement.”

The development of the tool has been gratefully funded through the 2016 Department of Internal Affairs’ Community Leadership Fund.
Improve the effectiveness of your volunteering experience by trying the InvolveMe tool for yourself at www.involveme.nz

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