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It is hard to believe that we are once again in December.
We truly appreciate the support we have from all of you right across the State.
This year has been a wonderful year of growth, diversity and consolidation for the Volunteerism team and we have once again been honoured to work alongside and partner with many departments, regions, districts, brigades, volunteers and support staff.
Earlier in the year we delivered the Ash Wednesday Memorial Service, followed by the State Championships in Warrnambool and Werribee where we launched the Honours and Awards Toolkit.
Tony Brown joined our team as the Volunteer Services Manager and we then kicked off recruitment for the Volunteer Support Program (Phase 1).
All the while we have focussed on an enhanced suite of volunteer programs and services. We had a fantastic first half of the year and over the recent months we have continued to build on our services to enable us to meet the diverse and unique needs of our members.
During the first phase of the Vol Support Program, we have worked with over 80 brigades and catchment teams to provide additional recruitment support, piloting new tools and materials. Based on your feedback, we have established a diversity network with 58 brigades already signed up.
We launched the Chief Officer's Leadership Program, with a volunteer from each district embarking on a leadership journey with the Chief.
We are well underway with the review of Minimum Skills, Brigade Operating Skills Profile, and development of Crew Leader Training. In October, we commenced the 2013 National Emergency Medal Event Presentations, and to date have presented 2400+ medals to CFA members over 19 ceremonies.
The Volunteerism team have done an outstanding job in supporting districts and regions to deliver well-earned recognition of the contribution of all members during the February 2009 campaign.
There have been so many highlights during 2013 and here are a few of our favourites:
* Consolidation of the Member Services, Youth Unit and VSP into a unified Volunteerism team
* 30th Anniversary - Ash Wednesday Memorial Service held at Upper Beaconsfield
* Partnered with SES, Coastguard and St Johns Ambulance to expand the CFA Memberlink program for more volunteers
* CFA Annual Memorial Service
* National Volunteer Week – ‘Thanks a Million’ campaign, including being on the big screen at Federation Square
* ACMI Digital Storytelling Workshop
* Partnering with Volunteering Victoria & AFAC – Volunteer Groups
* Sponsored ‘Experiences of Men after Disasters’ research, including attendance of 20 CFA members
* Established National Emergency Medal Working Party and delivered medals to 2400+ members (so far!)
* Honours and Awards – Enhanced processes, nomination forms, and launch of Honours and Awards Toolkit
* Collaborated with VFBV on a range of issues affecting volunteerism, Jones Inquiry, Joint Committees, enhancing Volunteer Support
* Jones Inquiry – Implementation Action Plan
* Rollout of Volunteer Support Program - Phase 1 (VSP)
- Enhanced Recruitment & Retention Tools
- Established Diversity Network (58 brigades signed up)
- Consultation on Wellbeing programs and needs
- Review of Brigade Operating Skills Profile (underway)
- Review of Minimum Skills Program (underway)
- Developed Crew Leader Training
- Kicked off Chief Officers Leadership Program & Leadership Community of Practice
- Commenced development of a State Training Guide
- Developed Region and District Community Profiles
- Scoped VSP (Phase 2) – Membership Sustainability Pilot & Wellbeing Pilots (commencing early 2014!)
We thoroughly enjoy the work that we do and are privileged to work alongside every one of you.
On behalf of the entire Volunteerism team, we are truly humbled and thank you for your ongoing contribution and support to Victorian communities.
We look forward to bringing you some exciting new projects, services and programs to support sustainable volunteerism in 2014 so stay tuned!!
We hope you all have a happy, healthy and safe festive season and look forward to connecting with you in 2014.
Christmas time for many people is a happy joyful and festive time and for many others not so much. If you have the opportunity, please reach out to someone less fortunate - give generously, travel safely and take time out if you can.
All the very best and Merry Christmas,
Kate Harrap, CFA Manager Volunteerism