Faculty of Health

Volunteering in Tasmania research findings and presentations

Volunteering in Tasmania will be the focus of presentations to be held around the state next week as part of National Volunteer Week 2017.

The presentations are based on the findings of a recent ‘Volunteering in Tasmania Study’ by University of Tasmania School of Medicine researchers Dr Elizabeth Shannon and Dr Sue Pearson (with research support by Fiona Girkin), which sought to understand volunteering participation in Tasmania including what motivates and sustains volunteers and what benefits are gained from the volunteering experience.

The Volunteering in Tasmania study on-line survey gathered information on 864 respondents' demographics, health status, volunteer activity, and motivations for volunteering, capturing data on the physical and psychological health benefits of volunteering.

Face-to-face focus group discussions were held with 30 participants from Hobart, Launceston and Burnie as part of the research, looking at questions associated with how to encourage more people to volunteer and strategies that volunteer organisations can use to help sustain volunteer involvement over time.

Research findings included that volunteers valued the benefits they gained from volunteering, volunteers were self- motivated and cared about the cause that they were assisting with and that feeling valued as a volunteer could assist in ongoing participation.

The presentation will include information how to increase participation in volunteering, how to motivate and sustain the volunteer workforce and how to move more volunteers into high-commitment roles.

Presentation Details

Hobart - Wednesday 10 May 2017 - Hobart Town Hall, Lower Ground Conference Room, 16 Elizabeth Street, Hobart from 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm.

Burnie - Thursday 11 May 2017 - Seminar Room D201, University of Tasmania Cradle Coast Centre, 16-20 Mooreville Road, Burnie from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

Launceston - Friday 12 May 2017 - Tamar Room, Sir Raymond Farrell Centre, University of Tasmania Launceston Campus, Newnham Drive, Newnham from 10:30 am – 11:30 am.

Please RSVP with your name and you preferred venue by 3 May to Fiona Girkin at littlethingstas@gmail.com

This research received support from the Tasmanian Community Fund, and project partners Volunteering Tasmania, the City of Hobart, the Royal Automobile Club of Tasmania and Hydro Tasmania.