junk pile

Charities are being overwhelmed by a flood of donations from Marie Kondo-inspired decluttering Netflix viewers. Many op-shops are refusing donations now, but what if people tidy up their consumption habits for good?

NSW Palliative Care Volunteer Conference logo

What does it mean to offer support? How does support bring hope to a person, help them to cope better, find new meanings in their relationships? Where do volunteers fit into the ‘therapeutic’ team that offers palliative care to people at end of life?

Fighterfighters getting ready

Western Australia’s rural communities are more engaged in volunteering than anyone in urban areas, but the sector is facing volunteer shortages and burnout risks.

Susan J. Ellis photograph

Susan J. Ellis, one of the most outspoken members of the Volunteering sector died on Sunday, the 24th of February, 2019.

blind person crossing street

Advocacy, in the community work sense, means to protect the rights of society's most vulnerable people and ensure that their voices are heard on decisions that affect them. A recent NDIS report recommends disability advocacy continue after 2020, but it's looking doubtful.

Man holding bunch of carrots

Never use sticks on volunteers. Carrots, too, are a poor choice. The word volunteer from the Latin root velle means 'to will, to wish', as in wishing to do something from one's own free will, without coercion or payment. Motivation however - is another thing.

girl on phone

We've probably heard enough about millennials, innovation and disruption to last, well, a millennium. So do we need a new approach, app or platform to engage potential volunteers?