Community Sector Banking
MEDIA, JOBS & RESOURCES for the COMMON GOOD
News  |  Social Affairs

Tassie Volunteers Ageing 'Dramatically' - Report


Wednesday, 5th December 2012 at 11:38 am
Staff Reporter
A new report has revealed that while the number of volunteers in Tasmania is on the increase, the average age of volunteers will also increase due to the ageing population.


Wednesday, 5th December 2012
at 11:38 am
Staff Reporter


0 Comments


FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

 Print
Tassie Volunteers Ageing 'Dramatically' - Report
Wednesday, 5th December 2012 at 11:38 am

The State of Volunteering Report Tasmania is available now. 

A new report has revealed that while the number of volunteers in Tasmania is on the increase, the average age of volunteers will also increase due to the ageing population.

The State of Volunteering Report Tasmania 2012, released by Volunteering Tasmania (VT) to coincide with International Volunteer Day, showed that over the next 38 years, volunteers will age “dramatically”.

Volunteering Tasmania chief executive Adrienne Picone said the report revealed that volunteer numbers were projected to increase across the state from now until 2050, to sit just below 233,000.

“By 2032, Tasmanian volunteers are projected to age considerably as our Baby Boomer numbers continue to boom, but Gen Y begins to overtake as a ‘generation’,” Picone said.

“Currently Tasmanians aged 65 and over account for 1 in 5 of the State’s volunteers, but in 20 years this will increase to 1 in 3 of our volunteers, or one third of Tasmania’s volunteer population.

“Population ageing is an unparalleled global trend in human history and in line with this trend, Tasmania’s population is ageing at a faster rate than anywhere else in Australia.”

VT says that the report aims to explore the impact that Tasmania’s ageing population will have on volunteering and offer ways forward for volunteer-involving organisations (VIOs), business and government.

Picone said that the unprecedented demographic shift presented both challenges and opportunities for the volunteer community in Tasmania and that understanding the potential impacts was essential in planning for the future.

She said that the report outlines eight recommendations to future-proof Tasmania’s volunteer sector including the importance of engaging and working with all generations and age groups to ensure a sustainable and viable volunteer community.

“Volunteer management practices are also key to the report’s recommendation, with a focus on building an organisation’s capacity to recruit volunteers and provide meaningful roles, as well as providing professional and effective volunteer management programs,” Picone said.

“The SOVR 2012 is just the beginning of planning ahead for our ageing population volunteerism, with VT’s focus now turning to the development of a strategy to turn the report’s recommendations into action.”
 




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

Volunteers don’t come free

Keith McVilly

Wednesday, 20th November 2019 at 9:41 pm

Dos and don’ts of including volunteer work on your resume

Maggie Coggan

Monday, 14th October 2019 at 8:11 am

Commonwealth wipes Tasmania’s housing debt

Luke Michael

Wednesday, 11th September 2019 at 5:31 pm

Victoria ALIVE launches its social media campaign on inclusive volunteering

Contributor

Tuesday, 10th September 2019 at 7:30 am

POPULAR

Our royal commission is not yet a safe place for people with disability

Emma Bennison

Wednesday, 6th November 2019 at 4:59 pm

A sad and sorry history of Newstart

Luke Michael

Tuesday, 19th November 2019 at 8:00 am

Report finds NFP boards lack leadership in fundraising

Luke Michael

Wednesday, 13th November 2019 at 2:30 pm

Why Australia needs more noisy charities!

David Crosbie

Thursday, 7th November 2019 at 8:58 am

Community Sector Banking
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!