Student Volunteer Week 2017 (SVW2017) commences today, providing an opportunity to recognise our national student volunteer effort and achievements.
Student Volunteer Week is a national campaign organised by Volunteering New Zealand which recognises the thousands of students, educational institutions, and community organisations growing the social capital of New Zealand.
The diverse range of events listed on www.studentvolunteerweek.nz include award ceremonies creative and quirky celebration events, and student-led community activities including outdoor beautification and clean-ups. Universities and volunteer centres throughout New Zealand will give students an opportunity to make a match with organisations who seek their help.
Student volunteers’ motivation is an area of interest to Professor Karen Smith at the School of Management, Victoria University of Wellington. In research Smith carried out a few years ago, she found “most important [to student motivation] was that they felt it was important to help others and work for causes that were important to them,” Smith said. Also important was that “they can see that volunteering can give them a new perspective and that it provides an opportunity to learn new things,” Smith says.
Many tertiary institutions already do a lot to help students get involved with charity and volunteer work. For many students, these efforts aligned with their social objectives, and are a highlight of university life, allowing them to have fun while engaging in important causes.
“Encouraging students to volunteer in their communities is an excellent way to develop their leadership skills and increase their chances of employment” says Volunteering New Zealand Chief Executive, Scott Miller.
To find out more about the breadth and depth of student volunteering going on across our communities, or to list your own event, check out www.studentvolunteerweek.nz.
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.
The News for April includes some initial details about our 2017 National conference
on Monday 30, October 2017, with Masterclasses on the 31st.
Three new blog posts from VNZ members on volunteering topics.
News around NGOs and public policy matters, including funding issues and procurement.
A recent survey says the number of hours volunteered in the UK is reducing.
And much more…
Items featured in the March 2017 newsletter include:
- Visit the National Volunteer Week website at www.nationalvolunteerweek.nz.
- JBWere The Cause Report released.
- We’ve updated our Sector Research webpage with relevant research on various aspects of volunteering.
- CAF Social Landscape 2017 Published.
- Read the blog post from Helga Wientjes, Vice Chair, Volunteering New Zealand.
- Sport Volunteering in New Zealand, a post from Ken Allen.
- Volunteer Centres are about more than brokerage.
- And events and workshops throughout New Zealand.
Sign up to VNZ’s newsletter.
Items featured in the February 2017 newsletter include:
- Three months ’til Student Volunteer Week 2017.
- 2017 Volunteer Progress Report.
- Good Deeds Day is 2 April.
- Apply for a Catapult Community Leaders Scholarship for 2017.
- Stuart Etherington’s New Year Letter to the Sector.
- Apply the GIVERS framework to your volunteer management.
- IAVE would like to hear your volunteering story.
- And events throughout New Zealand.
Items featured in the December 2016 newsletter include:
- Year in review: VNZ Publications in 2016
- Sector research – 2016 Round-up
- VNZ Governance Update – New Chair and Vice Chair
- C&V Portfolio Update – New Minister Announced
- VNZ 2017 Promotional Campaigns – Save these dates!
- News from the sector
Items featured in the November 2016 newsletter include:
- International Volunteer toolkit available for the 5 December 2016 event.
- VNZ Annual Report now available.
- Findings of The latest World Giving Index Report
- Support the Bonn “Call to Action”
- Date announced for National Volunteer Week 2017
- and blog posts and stories you won’t want to miss…
Items featured in this month’s newsletter include: International Volunteer Managers Day – 5 November 2016 – toolkit available; Results of the latest ComVoices State of the Sector Survey find that the holes are getting bigger in the safety net provided by the Community Sector; Theme for 2016 International Volunteer Day – 5 December will be: Together we can.
The Government’s announcement that explicit exemptions have been provided for the voluntary sector in the Policing (Cost Recovery) Amendment Bill is ‘democracy in action’ says Scott Miller, Chief Executive of Volunteering New Zealand.
The recent announcement signals fee-waivers in the Regulations of the Bill which will include exemptions for registered charities and agencies making 20 police-vetting requests or fewer per year.
“Volunteering New Zealand, on behalf of its members and the 1.2 million volunteers that it works to support, is pleased that our constructive conversations with Minister Collins, the Maori Party, Labour Party and United Future have all been able to give a certain degree of comfort to our sector”, states Miller.
The Bill will amend the Policing Act 2008 in order to place a fee on specified demand services such as police vetting, a service that volunteer groups rely on to ensure the safety of vulnerable people they support. However, “when additional cost is imposed on the sector, an additional barrier is imposed on community groups also working to keep communities, volunteers and support staff safe” says Miller.
“Democracy is enacted when parties work together to find a compromise outcome that yields as much benefit as possible” states Miller. “Volunteering New Zealand is therefore pleased to have been part of this important work for the sector, and commend the various political parties honouring the Government Policy on volunteering that seeks to support and value the vital work of volunteers across the country” Miller concludes.
Items featured in this month’s newsletter include:
- Charity Viewpoint 2016 Report released.
- International Volunteer Managers Day promotional materials released.
- Policing (Cost Recovery) Amendment Bill update.
- IAVE’s Handbook on Youth, Volunteering and Employment released.
- Various media on volunteer management.
View the September 2016 newsletter
Items featuring in the July 2016 Newsletter include:
- Developing your volunteer programme: Resource released by Volunteer Wellington
- The Ministry of Social Development release ‘The Social Report 2016’
- Charities Services provide data on volunteering in registered charities
- IHC embraces sector need to offer episodic volunteering
- Plus lots more news and events to ensure you are up to date.
Volunteering New Zealand has released a report on The State of the World’s Volunteerism. This summary report represents VNZ’s interpretation of the key points of the United Nations’ State of the World’s Volunteerism Report (2015), and focuses on key points relevant to the New Zealand volunteering context. It is not written to replace or otherwise substitute the UN report, which readers are encouraged to engage with independently of this report.
Read the VNZ media release here.
View the full State of the World’s Volunteerism Report (PDF).
Read the May 2016 VNZ newsletter. National Volunteer Week update, New research on the NZ NFP Sector, A report card on the State of Volunteering in NZ, the Australian State of Volunteering Report and other news from around the sector. Click here.
Read our VNZ March newsletter here. MOH awards are open for nominations, State of Volunteering in NZ report released and other news from around the sector.
Volunteering New Zealand has announced the results of its inaugural State of the New Zealand Volunteering Sector survey.
Read the VNZ media release here.
View the full New Zealand Volunteering Sector Report here.
Read the December update from VNZ here.
November news from VNZ 2015 International Volunteer Day, conference wrap-up, and a new VNZ Board Member. Read the newsletter here.
Conference Q&A for Worksafe
Read WorkSafe’s response to questions about the Health and Safety at Work Act from
the VNZ conference here.
Read more on how volunteers are covered under the new Act on WorkSafe’s website here.
October news for the voluntary sector including a Parliamentary breakfast, International Managers of Volunteers Day, and VNZ’s partnership with Neighbourly. Read our October newsletter here.
September news for the voluntary sector including VNZ Conference update, a Parliamentary save-the-date and our latest survey. Read our newsletter here.
August’s news from VNZ including the VNZ 2015 conference, NZ Student Volunteer Week, member welcome, Rob Jackson’s NZ tour and other snippets of information relevant to the New Zealand voluntary sector.
July’s news from VNZ including the latest on NZ regulatory developments, a new Australian definition of volunteering, plans for NZ Student Volunteer Week and other snippets of information relevant to the New Zealand voluntary sector.
The Select Committee considering the Health and Safety Reform Bill has made improvements to the Bill so coverage of volunteers and volunteering organisations will remain as it is under the current law.