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Re-engage, re-invigorate and re-imagine: The future of volunteering

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Date: 26 November 2020 at 02:00 am Presenter: Pro Bono Australia Location: Online Live Tickets: $55 (in AUD) Materials Price: $50 (in AUD)

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Join this 60-minute webinar as we talk to sector leaders about what’s next for volunteering, and how your organisation can move your volunteering forward in a “COVID-normal” world.

It’s no secret that many organisations in the not-for-profit and social sector rely on volunteers to achieve their impact goals. But in recent months traditional volunteering has been turned on its head, hastening long term trends and forcing organisations to rethink how they engage with volunteers. So what does this mean for the future of volunteering?

We’ll hear from the CEO of Volunteering Australia Mark Pearce, who will give us a brief overview of the state of the sector before we dive into a discussion with sector leaders about what will come next.

We’ll discuss topics such as:

  • what community participation will look like in a socially distanced world;
  • who will be looking to connect with volunteer organisations (and how) in the future; and
  • what are the emerging trends.

You’ll come away with a better understanding of:

  • what’s next for volunteering;
  • how your organisation can invigorate younger generations to volunteer; and
  • what issues your organisation needs to be aware of as you look to re-engage your volunteers, or look for new volunteers, to support your cause

Are you looking for skilled volunteers? Check out our VolunteerMatch service and find driven volunteers to help you create impact now. 



On the panel:

Mark Pearce
CEO, Volunteering Australia

Mark is the Chief Executive Officer of Volunteering Australia. He assumed the role in September 2020 after serving almost 18 months as Deputy Chair of that national peak body. As a passionate believer in the power of volunteering to transform lives, Mark is focused on building strong partnerships with corporate and philanthropic Australia, and the federal government to better support and resource the volunteering eco-system. A non-executive director of a food technology company dedicated to improving lives in remote and regional Australia, and Deputy Chair of Animals Australia, Mark holds a BSc. Politics and International Relations (Hons.) and is currently studying for an MA in Human Rights.

Sharon Walsh
Director, Volunteer Services for Bendigo Health 

In her current role, Sharon is supporting 300 volunteers who provide practical and emotional support directly to patients and residents. Sharon has worked
directly with volunteers across healthcare for more than 20 years.
Sharon is Founder/Chair of the Leaders of Health Volunteer Engagement (LOHVE) network, established to support volunteer leaders in health. The Network supports 170+ members from hospitals/health services and health associations from Australia, NZ and the USA. For the past eight years, Sharon has undertaken a world first annual health specific volunteering benchmark for the Network. Sharon in partnership with Zoe Waters (Barwon Health) hosted the Inaugural Leadership in Health Volunteering Conference in 2015, specifically designed to meet the professional development needs outlined by the LOHVE network. Sharon has been recognised and received a number of awards for passion and commitment to the volunteering sector, most recently as a 2019 Probono Australia’s Impact 25 Awardees.


Brianna Casey
CEO, Foodbank Australia

Sharon Walsh is Director, Volunteer Services for Bendigo Health supporting 300 volunteers who provide practical and emotional support directly to patients and residents. Sharon has worked directly with volunteers for more than 20 years.
Sharon is Founder/Chair of the Leaders of Health Volunteer Engagement (LOHVE) network, established to support volunteer leaders in health. The Network supports 170+ members from hospitals/health services and health associations from Australia, NZ and the USA. Passionate about understanding volunteering in health, Sharon has for the past 8 years undertaken a health volunteer program benchmark for the LOHVE Network.
Sharon is a 2019 Probono Australia’s Impact 25 Awardee.

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