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The National Standards for Volunteer Involvement

The National Standards – Aims and Principles
The National Standards have been developed in consultation with the volunteering sector to support the involvement of 
volunteers and act as a resource for organisations in which volunteers are involved.  They provide a framework for organisations to consider the role of volunteers within the organisation and the impact effective volunteer involvement can have on achieving the strategic goals and aims of the organisation.
The National Standards for Volunteer Involvement are managed by Volunteering Australia and provide a framework for supporting the volunteer sector in Australia. They provide good practice guidelines for organisations to attract, management and retain volunteers, and help improve the volunteer experience.
They cover:
  1. Leadership and management
  2. Commitment to volunteer involvement
  3. Volunteer roles
  4. Recruitment and selection
  5. Support and development
  6. Workplace safety and wellbeing
  7. Volunteer recognition
  8. Quality management and continuous improvement
Following the standards will ensure that volunteer rights are protected, that their role is clear and that they work in a safe and healthy environment. Many organisations use the National Standards as the basis for their Code of practice.
Not for profit organisations can use the National Standards in a number of ways:
  • As a general guide to good practice;
  • As an audit tool that provides a picture of how well the organisation is performing against best practice for volunteer involvement;
  • As a guideline or checklist to help identify opportunities for making improvements;
  • As a framework of reference to assist in planning and establishing a new volunteer service;
  • As a baseline from which progress in making improvements can be monitored and measured;
  • As a way of gaining formal recognition for good practice from Volunteering Australia by meeting the National Standards.
Volunteering Australia is the national peak body for volunteering, working to advance volunteering in the community. Engaging Volunteers is an online tool that organisations can use to implement the National Standards for Volunteer Involvement; a self-assessment tool for best practice volunteer involvement.
Not-for-profit Law has produced a National Volunteer Guide for use by volunteer involving organisations across Australia. It provides an overview of the key legal obligations organisations owe volunteers and provides practical examples, template documents and tips to assist in their understanding. 

Sailability Dobroyd

Do you enjoy being out on the water!   Sailability Dobroyd are looking for volunteers and participants!

Sailability Dobroyd sails from Rodd Point, every second Sunday from September to May. We cater for people with disabilities and their families and have a friendly and caring atmosphere
We operate in a safe environment and sail in specially designed, stable and unsinkable Hansa dinghies. Sailors don’t need to move about the boat once on board. 

Sailability is entirely run by volunteers. 

We need volunteers to do the things that our disabled members cannot do by themselves.  
We value any time that you can give us and we hope that your experiences with us give you something valuable in return. 

Things you can do for us: 

  • Rig and launch the boats 
  • Fit safety jackets 
  • Help our members in and out of boats 
  • Fit slings and operate the hoist 
  • Help our members to sail to the best of their ability. We can train you.
  • Drive or crew the support boat. We can train you.
  • Sign up new members and sign on volunteers 
  • Schedule the crews of the dinghies and the support boat 
  • Run the BBQ and organise the provisions 

And last, but not least, socialise and have fun!

We can be found at the Dobroyd Aquatic Club, Rodd Point (via Henley Marine Drive), Five Dock.  People of all ages and abilities are welcome at Sailability Dobroyd. 
You are encouraged to sail to the best of your ability, or you can just relax and enjoy the ride. We are wheelchair accessible, with hoists and safety slings available.

Come along and see us!

More information - see our Website and Facebook Page

Contact:  John McIntosh - Volunteer Coordinator; M: 0423 221 025; E:

Sir Roden & Lady Cutler Foundation - Volunteer Drivers Needed!

“The Charity that helps when no one else can”


Inner West Sydney

Do you have a spare few hours a day/week?

Can you help this wonderful Community Charity?

Sir Roden & Lady Cutler Foundation with an office located at Majors Bay Road Concord is looking for Volunteer Drivers for our successful “Pick Me Up Service” for residents and Communities throughout the Inner West area.

Since 1999 the Foundation’s objective has been to provide to persons who by reason of their infirmity, age or disability transport to hospital, their medical practitioner, or to other medically related venues to obtain the necessities of life. This is a free service that has seen the number of trips grow from 900 in 2004 to over 11,000 in 2018.

We are looking for Volunteer Drivers to help us ensure that we can continue to provide this unique and and wonderful service to those people in need. So if you enjoy Driving and like making a difference please contact Anita Fong or Vincent Del Zio on 8765 8661 if you wish to help or obtain further information.  



Amy Large Volunteer of the Year Awards announced

Inner West Council’s annual Amy Large Volunteer Award Ceremony and Volunteer Thank You Night was held last night at Ashfield Town Hall.

The Balmain Para-Rowing Program Team took out the 2018 Amy Large Volunteer of the Year major award as well as the 2018 Volunteer Team of the Year.

The members of the team have built from scratch the largest para-rowing program in Australia with the focus on ensuring that persons with all levels of ability are given the opportunity to participate from their base at Balmain Rowing Club.

The Balmain Para-Rowing Team will now be nominated for the 2018 NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards.

The 2018 Adult Volunteer of the Year award was jointly awarded to Collin Whitten-Amadon in recognition of his commitment and contribution volunteering with the Exodus Foundation; Jamie De Paulo in recognition of his significant contribution to Marrickville Library and History Services; and Joanna Karalis-Colin for her founding of the volunteer organisation, We All Care, in early 2017.

The 2018 Senior Volunteer of the Year was jointly awarded to Mary Elizabeth McNally, Sharon Laura and Long Fei Wang. The 2018 Young Volunteer of the Year award was jointed awarded to Amanda Belton, Vincent Li, Sahani Jayawardane and Daniel Lahood.

David Woods was posthumously awarded the 2018 Amy Large Award for a lifelong contribution to sport in the inner west and across NSW and Australia both for his contribution to water polo and for championing public school sport.

The event last night also celebrated all volunteers for their outstanding contributions to help local families and individuals, community organisations, the environment and other programs and projects.

The annual awards honour local resident and much loved volunteer Amy Large, who passed away in 2015.

Amy was widely known for her long years of service supporting Birchgrove Public School committees, the Birchgrove Scorpions Junior Rugby League team, the Balmain Town Hall and the Back to Balmain Day committees, the Red Cross and the Salvation Army.

The awards, formerly known as Volunteer of the Year, acknowledge outstanding contributions to local families, organisations, programs and individuals in need.

For more information on the awards, go to 

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