Guide to Giving
MEDIA, JOBS & RESOURCES for the COMMON GOOD
News  |  CareersVolunteering

Tasmania Faces Volunteer Shortage: Report


Tuesday, 30th November 2010 at 4:11 pm
Staff Reporter
More than 75% of Not for Profit organisations in Tasmania say they need more volunteers in order to continue meeting their community needs, according to a new report.

Tuesday, 30th November 2010
at 4:11 pm
Staff Reporter


0 Comments


FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

 Print
Tasmania Faces Volunteer Shortage: Report
Tuesday, 30th November 2010 at 4:11 pm

More than 75% of Not for Profit organisations in Tasmania say they need more volunteers in order to continue meeting their community needs, according to a new report.

Launched by the Tasmanian Premier David Bartlett, the State of Volunteering Report: Tasmania 2010 found there is a demonstrated need for more volunteers in the Tasmanian community.

The report found that although volunteer numbers are generally being maintained or are increasing, nearly one third of Tasmanian organisations increased their number of volunteer roles in the previous two years and about the same proportion of organisations anticipate an increase in the number of volunteer roles of the next two years.

More than three quarters of organisations say that they require more volunteers in order to continue meeting their needs.

The report says that in order to meet the demand for more volunteers, strategies for actively and effectively promoting volunteering and increasing the volunteering-rate in the Tasmanian community are needed.

Over half of those people surveyed who have never volunteered said that they ‘don’t know what volunteering options are available’, and only one in five believe that there are a lot of volunteer opportunities in their local community.

The report says this finding shows the importance of education and awareness-raising around volunteer participation.

According to the report, the findings demonstrate that organisations need to invest in and develop their volunteer management capacity. This report clearly shows that having a manager of volunteers does make a difference as to whether volunteers are supported by systematic and accountable volunteer management.

Despite 90% of organisations providing training for volunteers, only 58% of organisations surveyed provided training for volunteer managers.

The report was based upon state-wide surveys and focus groups, undertaken between January and June 2010. Current and non-current volunteers were surveyed, as well as organisations.

  • 1538 people completed the Current Volunteers Survey
  • 523 people completed the Non-Current Volunteers Survey
  • 335 people completed the Organisations Survey

Download the full report here.




Got a story to share?

Got a news tip or article idea for Pro Bono News? Or perhaps you would like to write an article and join a growing community of sector leaders sharing their thoughts and analysis with Pro Bono News readers?

Get in touch at news@probonoaustralia.com.au

Get more stories like this

FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

Write a Reply or Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

Are we thinking about volunteering all wrong?

Ebony Gaylor

Tuesday, 25th June 2019 at 8:44 am

Volunteering helps new arrivals develop a sense of belonging in Australia

Luke Michael

Wednesday, 29th May 2019 at 5:12 pm

Building communities in a changing environment

Contributor

Tuesday, 14th May 2019 at 8:23 am

POPULAR

Charities take fundraising into their own hands

Maggie Coggan

Tuesday, 18th June 2019 at 8:28 am

Why an AAT ruling could shake-up NDIS funding

Luke Michael

Friday, 14th June 2019 at 4:16 pm

Auditor-general uncovers rising NDIS fraud allegations

Luke Michael

Wednesday, 26th June 2019 at 3:59 pm

Guide to Giving
pba inverse logo
Subscribe Twitter Facebook

Get the social sector's most essential news coverage. Delivered free to your inbox every Tuesday and Thursday morning.

You have Successfully Subscribed!