Volunteering Queensland Inc
Volunteering Queensland is a not for profit community organisation with funding from the State and Federal government to provide volunteer referral services and education and training programs as well as play a peak role for volunteering in Queensland. VQ in partnership with the Queensland State government will play a lead role in promoting the International Year for Volunteers 2001.
The role of the centre is to promote volunteer opportunities across the State within approved non for profit community organisations. There are three options for accessing the volunteer referral service. They are a face to face interview conducted at the volunteer centre. A telephone interview on the toll free phone number 1300 301 018 and the web site www.volqld.org.au which hosts over 2000 volunteer opportunities.
Volunteering Queensland is a quality improved registered training organisation offering both accredited and non-accredited courses to volunteers, paid staff and management committees of community organisations. More than 2000 people per year benefit from Volunteering Queensland's education and training.
Promoting Volunteering to the Whole Community
Volunteering Queensland promotes volunteering to all sectors of the community including Emergency Services, Conservation and Environment, Health and Social Services, Arts and Heritage, Tourism, Sports and Recreation, Social Justice, Multicultural, Religious and Educational Institutions. Member organisations are represented in all those sectors.
They include hospitals, schools and large welfare organisations such as Lifeline, St Vincent De Paul, Salvation Army, Queensland sporting groups, Rural Fire Services and SES, community support groups and neighborhood centers, community radio stations, museums, and welfare rights groups. Of these community organisations, 950 are registered members of Volunteering Queensland.
Volunteering Queensland's Peak body activities include:
To monitor and provide advice to government on the development of policies, infrastructure and practices relevant to volunteers and volunteering;
To engage via the media in public promotion and discussion forums volunteer issues;
To act as an advocate for volunteers and volunteering, and to ensure that government, business corporations and other institutions are made aware of the importance and contribution of volunteers and voluntary effort to society;
To identify areas in which research concerned with volunteers, volunteering and voluntary efforts is needed, and to engage in the development of research partnerships to under take such research;
To ensure the distribution of relevant information and advice to volunteers and organisational members on any matters affecting their interest;
To develop and promote volunteer management standards;
To develop a resource library, and resource material for community organisations to assist them with volunteer management issues;
To promote and expand a volunteer insurance scheme which includes disability and liability issues;
To promote volunteering through such events as International Volunteer Day and National Volunteer Week, and;
To promote and facilitate activities which will celebrate the International Year of Volunteers in 2001.
Volunteering Queensland Inc
333 Adelaide Street
Brisbane, QLD 4000
ABN: 46 621 632 398 DGR: endorsed
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