UN Youth Australia is the largest entirely youth-run organisation in Australia, that aims to build the people's movement for the United Nations through the education and empowerment of young Australians.
We seek to provide young Australians with a global education, one that gives them a deep knowledge of the social and political problems confronting the world and the skills to address them.
We believe that young people are not just Australia's future leaders; they lead now. We act to expand the opportunities for young people to make a difference in their communities.
There are two ways you can get involved; either come along and be a facilitator at one of the many conferences we run for high school students around Tasmania and nation-wide. Or you can apply to go on our annual tour for tertiary students to the USA; which includes visiting the United Nations and the McGill Univesity international MUN.
Expressions of interest: email@example.com
Youth Network of Tasmania (YNOT) is the peak body for the non government youth sector in Tasmania. YNOT represents both the interests of its members and the interests of young people. Integral to the work of YNOT is the youth participation structure the Tasmanian Youth Forum (TYF). TYF is Tasmania's peak youth consultative and participatory body.
YNOT regularly responds to policy through the form of submissions, many of which are focused on legislative change, such as the Youth Justice Act 1997 (Tas). The organisation relies on assistance from volunteers to assist us in understanding and making recommendations on legislation.
Expressions of interest: To assist YNOT in researching and writing their policy submissions please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 6223 5511. For more information please visit our website www.ynot.org.au.
We're building a generation-wide movement to solve the climate crisis. We do this by educating, empowering, inspiring and mobilising young people across the country. AYCC believes that climate change is the single greatest threat facing humanity, and that young people – as the inheritors of this planet – are the key stakeholder in humanity's response to the climate crisis. However, we also believe that addressing the climate crisis is an opportunity to create a more sustainable, just and fair Australia.
Despite only forming in 2012, AYCC Hobart has already run a number of successful campaigns to secure a safe climate future. This includes organising the repower of Source Community Wholefoods and TUU (from non- renewable to renewable energy), meeting with MP, Andrew Wilkie, which saw him agree on our policies for a safe climate AND protecting the Renewable Energy Target. This year the AYCC is taking on our biggest campaign yet! The Dump My Bank campaign aims to stop our big banks from investing in the Abbot Point coal project. For more information go to www.dumpmybank.org
If you would like to get involved please contact our state co-ordinator Katherine: email@example.com or 0437 521 858
Australian Red Cross is a member of the International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement (the Movement) - the world's largest humanitarian network. Neutral and impartial, the Movement endeavours to prevent and alleviate human suffering – in particular during times of disasters and conflicts.
As a National Society forming part of the Movement, Australian Red Cross has a unique mandate to act as auxiliary to the public authorities in the humanitarian field, and provides a range of services including disaster relief, health and social programs.
Australian Red Cross is continually developing ways to engage the skills and knowledge of volunteers across the whole organisation. Examples of areas where law students may wish to volunteer with Australian Red Cross in Tasmania include:
- Emergency Services: Volunteers provide support during local and national emergencies, enabling communities to prepare for, prevent, and recover from emergencies/ disasters.
- International Humanitarian Law (IHL): Volunteers with the IHL program help organise and run events, provide assistance at meetings of the state IHL Committee, perform short research tasks, and assist with protection of the Red Cross emblem.
- Migration Support Programs: Volunteers support people arriving as refugees and asylum seekers and assist them in a variety of ways such as English support, sourcing and establishing long-term accommodation, conducting community orientation, and providing meaningful engagement activities.
- Prisoner Support Program: Volunteers provide a range of support to inmates and family members including children and young people, through e.g. transport assistance, reading support and mentoring.
- Save-a-mate (SAM): SAM volunteers promote the health and well-being of young people, using a harm- minimisation framework, by e.g. providing education and first aid support at festivals and events, and as peer educators who deliver the save-a-mate alcohol and other drug emergencies training course.
The focus of other Australian Red Cross initiatives includes combating homelessness, providing mental health support and education, and assisting people in aged care.
Expressions of interest: To volunteer: Fill in an application form at http://www.redcross.org.au/volunteer-in- australia.aspx.
AFW is a human rights education hub that encompasses the Tasmanian Centre for Global Learning, the Global Learning Resource Library and www.afairerworld.org. AFW empowers schools and the wider community to take action for social justice, peace and a sustainable world future. We achieve this by providing schools with access to innovative education programs, training, resources and networks.
The Centre is the peak community organisation with a human rights education focus in Tasmania. Key programs in schools include Let's Get Together (a broad-based diversity education program), the Hobart Human Library (a world-wide human rights initiative), and Living in Between (anti-racism workshops and longer programs delivered in partnership with the Students Against Racism).
AFW also supports state-wide events such as Anti-Poverty Week, Human Rights Week, and Refugee Week with the aim of involving schools and students. AFW would like to be more engaged in these events and also in human rights education policy development.
AFW has an on-going need for legal advice. Students able to provide advice in these areas can volunteer for specific projects, or apply to join our Management Committee.
Expressions of interest: Students may contact Helen Hortle, Coordinator of A Fairer World at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 6223 1025.
Oaktree is young people leading a movement to end poverty. For us, change starts with a simple belief - that extreme poverty is unacceptable. Beliefs turn into action, and enough informed action will end extreme poverty in our lifetime. Oaktree is Australia's largest youth-run organisation with over 150,000 members. We campaign for more and better aid, both online and in the political arena. We run peer-to-peer education programs for young people in Australia, and fund educational opportunities for young people in developing communities, overseas. Forget coffee runs, photocopying and filing cabinets.
Try running a statewide campaign, building a website, or setting up meetings with local MPs. In these roles, you call the shots. And you'll meet some great people along the way.
Colony 47 is a not-for profit Tasmanian organisation that provides support to over 20,000 Tasmanian children, young people and families every year. Since 1973, Colony 47 has worked to ensure that support is given to those that need it most. We help individuals and families develop solutions and find support to build better lives and break the cycle of disadvantage. We work closely with local communities at a grass roots level and with our many partners to ensure that we achieve our mission–to create a fairer community, eliminate disadvantage and improve the lives of Tasmanians.
Colony 47 has many programs that arise throughout the year with a need for volunteer assistance–these could be anything from assisting young people with homework projects to cooking with members in our drop in centre kitchen. All volunteers are required to undertake a recruitment process which includes having a Police Record check and, where relevant, will include a Working with Children check. All applications are assessed for suitability against vacant positions.
View current opportunities and apply online on the colony 47 site.
As Tasmania's peak body for volunteering, our mission is to create an environment, which promotes and sustains effective volunteerism.
We deliver our mission in three key ways:
- Supporting and facilitating pathways to volunteering for all members of the community, ensuring barriers to volunteering are minimised and opportunities are optimised
- Providing consultancy, resources and information to volunteer involving organisations and programs, helping them to effectively support all volunteers within their programs, and aiding them in recruitment of a variety of individuals
- Influencing public policy and promoting research and debate
Volunteering Tasmania is a not-for-profit organisation which aims to represent the interests of all Tasmanians involved in volunteering through research, consultation, policy development and community relationships.
For more information on how we can assist you, whether you represent a business, a not-for-profit organisation, or whether you are a volunteer, please visit www.volunteeringtas.org.au, email: email@example.com or Freecall 1800 677 895
Women's Collective: Here at UTAS we have 3 sister women's collectives; the Women's Collective which is open to all women - identifying individuals at uni, and two autonomous collectives; the Women of Colour (WoC) Collective and Sapphos; the collective for Queer women. For more info, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sports & Societies: Sporting clubs and societies affiliated under, respectively, the TUU's Sports Council and Societies Council provide an invaluable opportunity to undertake volunteer work during the course of university study. In addition to a greater and richer involvement in university life, office holders on university clubs and societies enjoy the opportunity to do work and develop skills that junior workers rarely receive. For example, in my capacity as VP (Sponsorship and Marketing) of the Tasmania University Law Society, I had the opportunity to negotiate sponsorship packages with some of Australia's largest law firms, an invaluable experience that I have found prospective employers value highly.
At UTAS, there are a wide variety of societies and sports, catering to almost every conceivable area of interest. There is always room to create new societies and sports. Societies Council and Sports Council provide material support in the form of advice and council grants to ease the administration of societies and sports clubs. A complete listing of the UTAS societies can be found at https://tuu.com.au/clubs-societies/a-z-societies-listing/.
For further information about sports clubs and societies at UTAS, please contact the TUU's Sports and Societies Officer, Ingrid Lagerewskij, at Ingrid.Lagerewskij@utas.edu.auor Liam Salter, Societies President Tasmania University Union.
The Community Friends and Networks Programme supports UTAS students to create networks and engagement opportunities with other students and members of the broader community in Tasmania. Whether you are 'new to town' or a Tassie local, get involved with CFNP.
The programme seeks to support UTAS students to experience the real Tasmania during their stay, or as they build a permanent new life in the state. To make this experience real, we invite students and community members to get involved to help share the local secrets and enjoy themselves whilst they do.
- Opportunities to meet other students who are not in your faculty or school
- Activities in the local community that are both fun and expand your networks
- Opportunities for all students to see Tasmania as a local to help make student ideas happen - come to us with a good idea for students to get involved in UTAS or the Tasmanian community!
The Hobart Women's shelter provides accommodation and services to women and children in the Hobart area.
The Hobart Women's Shelter is currently seeking fundraising volunteers to assist with fundraising.
Support, Help and Empowerment - SHE is a community service organisation which was established in 1989 as a response to the lack of services for women affected by domestic violence. SHE specialises in providing quality professional counselling to women who have experienced or are living with domestic or family violence. The service is free.
In addition to counselling, SHE staff provide a variety of specialised therapeutic groups that are tailored in response to community demand. On request SHE will deliver community education sessions to groups, schools and other organisation on topics such as parenting, violence prevention, healthy relationships and general information about domestic and family violence.
SHE also acts as a representative of gender based violence which is achieved through attending policy and sector meetings, writing submissions and completing small targeted projects to raise awareness of particular issues which impact on SHE clients.
SHE is a feminist service which believes people are disadvantaged by gender roles, cultural, social and historical inequalities. SHE is inclusive of all women including same sex attracted, trans and intersex. SHE negotiates with potential volunteers to develop mutually beneficial work plans so that the tasks you do will be in areas that you have skills or interests in. SHE aims to build the knowledge and skill set of volunteers. Roles may include participating in targeted working parties, fundraising, drafting submissions and writing funding applications however, if you have an idea that you would like to pursue, SHE is very open to talking to you about exploring your own initiatives.
Please Note: SHE is a very small team of staff (based in North Hobart). We welcome motivated students and volunteers and engage people-identifying-as-female volunteers only!
If you are interested; telephone: (03) 6278 9090 or email: email@example.com.
The Migrant Resource Centre of Southern Tasmania is a not-for-profit organisation which, since 1979, has helped migrants and refugees to settle in Tasmania. Their mission is to 'provide leadership in the community to embrace cultural diversity by delivering responsive services for migrants, particularly those who are socially and financially disadvantaged.
Volunteers are able to assist in the following activities:
- Senior Day-Centres assistance
- Youth activities
- Aged care programs
- Employment support services
- English language Classes
- Driving lessons
- Immigration Assistance
- Community Assistance
- General Administration
Volunteers with the Migrant Resource Centre can volunteer as often as they would like. In order to volunteer with the Migrant Resource Centre, you must obtain a Police Check and a Working with Children Registration. For more information; email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 03 6221 0999.
More information about volunteering is available at the Migrant Resource Centre.
Landcare is a volunteer movement where individuals and groups improve their local patch through hands-on action! A care group (Landcare, Coastcare, Wildcare, Bushcare, Friends of etc) usually starts when passionate locals share concerns about an environmental problem, then get together and do something about it. Landowners and communities drive on-ground change in places they value, improving soil health, water quality and wildlife habitat. Volunteers may be from the coast or the country, students or retirees, farmers or families. Landcare is a dynamic and credible movement with extensive networks across Tasmania, Australia – and beyond. Landcare seeks volunteers for it's 'extra hands' program which is free or you can elect to join a local group.
For more information and to sign up visit their website.
Tasmanian Asylum Seeker Support is a grassroots network of people who are interested in welcoming asylum seekers to Tasmania. We represent Tasmanians from all walks of life, and believe that humane treatment of asylum seekers is both an ethical and legal responsibility of our government and our community.
What do we do? We run friendship and recreational programs for asylum seekers currently living in Tasmania. We also connect with organisations such as ChillOut and Amnesty and the media for advocacy purposes.
We run weekly friendship groups and monthly dinners for asylum seekers in the Hobart community.
We support our volunteers through regular training sessions, monthly meetings, and optional counselling sessions.
How can I get involved? We are always happy to have new volunteers at our monthly pot-luck dinners and weekly friendship gatherings. We often have the need to recruit new volunteers for particular projects or link prospective volunteers up with organisations like Red Cross that also work with asylum seekers.
The best way of staying in touch and getting involved is to 'like' our Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/tasasylum.
If you're not a Facebook user, please email email@example.com and ask to get involved.
IMPACT is a society of the University of Tasmania dedicated to promoting awareness of issues affecting the health of developing communities both locally and internationally.
The aims of IMPACT (International Medical Projects Assisting Communities Today) include:
- To inform members and the general public about current issues affecting the health and medicine in developing communities locally and internationally;
- To provide members with opportunities for involvement in projects and initiatives aimed at improving the health of developing communities locally and internationally;
- To develop relationships with institutions, organisations and groups with similar aims and active promote membership of the Society;
- To provide financial assistance to members (in the form of scholarships and funds to purchase aid supplies) for worthy projects aimed at achieving these aims;
- To provide financial support for medical projects in the developing world.
The Student Environmental Law Society (SELS) aims to provide opportunities for law students to become engaged in environmental law, develop legal skills and facilitate the building of professional connections. SELS launched in 2015 and has since hosted careers panels, public lectures, fundraisers and engaged in the dialogue surrounding environmental law locally and nationally through producing public submissions. If you would like to get involved, contact us at UTAS.SELS@gmail.com or like our Facebook page to stay up to date with upcoming events.
Most Tasmanians recognise that having a roof over your head is essential to everything we value in life. Without a home, it is extremely difficult to attain a reasonable level of health and wellbeing and maintain connections with family, friends and the community.
Common Ground views access to stable, affordable and high quality housing as a vital first step towards personal well being, life fulfilment and being accepted as a valued member of the community.
Common Ground Tasmania is interested in exploring the possibility of law students developing workshops for tenants relating to their legal rights and obligations. Expressions of interest: Contact Liz Thomas, Managing Director of Common Ground Tasmania, on (03) 6231 1118 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Law Undergraduate Mentor Program (LUMP) is facilitated by TULS but is primarily run by the students themselves. The aim of LUMP is facilitate the sharing of support and advice, rather than to provide academic assistance. Mentees and mentors are paired based on similar interests and ambitions and are then able to decide how they want to foster their mentor relationship throughout the year! Mentors and mentees are able to decide, based on what works for them, whether they meet up in person over a cup of coffee or correspond via email. The LUMP program is so important because getting involved, sharing and talking about experiences and stresses is the key to enjoying and surviving law school.
To get involved, simply approach your TULS year representative.
As an awarded graduate development program, Teach For Australia is a truly remarkable and challenging experience. Beyond all else, it looks to make a real and direct impact on the pervasive and corrosive existence of Educational Inequity. In Australia today, if you are born in the "wrong" postcode, live in a low-income household or have parents who didn't finish high school, you are less likely to have access to a quality education. This often leads to a "snowball effect", where your opportunities in life, including level of health, further education, job attainment and income diminish dramatically. This is unfair and unacceptable but outstanding graduates like you can help.
Why? Because educational inequity is one of the most persistent and corrosive social problems that our country faces. It's unfair and unacceptable, but you can help us tackle it.
Teach For Australia Associates don't start out as teachers. We attract both graduates and professionals who represent a range of academic disciplines and career aspirations. No matter where they come from or what their future pathway, each participant wants an opportunity to make a transformational impact while experiencing significant personal development.
- After two intense, challenging and unbelievably rewarding years, you'll have completed our award-winning Leadership Development Program.
- By the end of the program, you'll have earned a nationally accredited Master of Teaching (Secondary) degree on scholarship.
- You'll teach at one of our partner secondary schools with full salary and benefits.
Interested? Brilliant. Everyone has a stake in tackling the systemic inequities of our education system. To apply online, check out our website.
Kids are falling through the education gap. You didn't. They shouldn't. Teach For Australia.
Mission Australia is a national organisation and the Tasmanian branch has helped thousands of Tasmanians to create better pathways through life for themselves and their families. Currently we deliver twenty community services across Tasmania and in 2013 commenced delivery of community housing and employment services.
Volunteering opportunities for students include:
- Organisational policy development, where volunteers would be primarily involved in adapting generic policies to the unique needs of new or evolving programs.
- Policy development can also be required after legislative changes that influence the way a service might be provided.
- Students may undertake research on the potential legal implications of new services and strategies being explored for clients and advice on how these may be overcome to ensure best possible outcomes for clients and for Mission Australia.
Among our volunteers are retirees, students, people wishing to make friends and develop new skills, and men and women who have been supported through tough times and want to 'pay it forward' in the community. Mission Australia also works with professionals, including employees of our corporate partners, who want to share their considerable expertise and experience for the good of the community.
Expressions of interest:
On our website or call Mission Australia, Tasmania on 6225 8200.
Alexander (Sandy) Duncanson died in June 2010 at the age of 37, after living with cancer for sixteen years. Sandy was a graduate of the Faculty of Law at the University of Tasmania. Strongly influenced by his experience as a law student visiting asylum seekers at Woomera Detention Centre in 2002, Sandy's professional life was dedicated to advancing social justice. Sandy was widely respected for his work in the community legal and housing sectors, where he acted as an advocate for the vulnerable. The family and friends of Sandy Duncanson have worked with UTAS staff who taught or knew Sandy to raise money to establish an endowed fund in his name, to provide support to students passionate about social justice in perpetuity.
The bursary is available to a student in any area of study with a demonstrated commitment to social justice, to support a social justice project or activity. This may involve working with an established organisation on a recognised issue, or involve an entirely new initiative. Applicants are required to submit an outline of their proposal detailing the funding they require up to the maximum bursary amount of $2,000, the timeframe for the project and to describe the difference they hope the project will make to their life and in a broader social context. The successful applicants will be invited to make a short presentation at the annual Sandy Duncanson Social Justice Lecture.
To retain this award, recipients are required to achieve a minimum Pass result in all units studied each semester. The award can be up to $2,000, available for one year.
Expression of interest: Apply online prior to closing date. Applications cannot be submitted after closing date. As applicants will be assessed on the quality of application, all questions should be answered in full. Please ensure care is taken with spelling and grammar.
The Vice-Chancellor's Leadership Award is given only to those with the determination, dedication and perseverance to be accepted and successfully complete the program. The award was created to educate, challenge and inspire. The award is designed to strengthen student's character, work ethic, community awareness, leadership and employability. So what are you waiting for? Stand up, stand out and stand proud with the Vice-Chancellor's Leadership Award. The Vice-Chancellor's Leadership Award is for students in final and penultimate years. It is designed to give you the types of skills and experience that employers are looking for, with a strong focus on personal development. Across a 10 month period, you will:
- Attend a series of 6 seminars (3 per semester);
- Complete 40 hours of volunteer work;
- Write 8 reflective pieces.