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Online Assistance for Local Volunteers

Volunteering Queensland will launch a new online tool designed to guide volunteers serving on local committees this month.


My Governance Journey covers all stages, from starting out to handing over and has a concise collection of relevant information that is easy to find and understand, making things a little easier for the local volunteers who keep our footy clubs, kindies and community organisations running.


...it's designed specifically for the needs of local people who have put their hand up but who may not have much experience sitting around a Board table.


"Across our community, many volunteers sit around tables late into the night making decisions, reviewing finances and planning ahead to ensure our local organisations, which are our community's lifeblood, keep doing what they do," said a Volunteering Queensland spokesperson. "However, when you serve on a local committee, there's a lot you need to know, and it's not always easy to find help."


The My Governance Journey tool does not contain everything there is to know. Still, it is an easy-to-understand guide to get started from the view of the individual rather than from the organisation's perspective, following a circular lifecycle diagram.


"We built the tool with local volunteers who serve on committees, so it's designed specifically for the needs of local people who have put their hand up but who may not have much experience sitting around a Board table," said Volunteering Queensland CEO Mara Basanovic.


"One of the things people told us is that there is already a lot of information out there – too much, in fact – so what they were looking for was one place to make sense of it all," said Mara.


The My Governance Journey tool will be released on the Volunteering Queensland website, volunteeringqld.org.au, on 6 February 2023 to coincide with the organisation celebrating 40 years of operation.

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