The expo was particularly aimed at organisations who were keen to attract students ‘new to Hobart’ into the world of volunteering.
This year 12 organisations were represented but given the success and the response from both organisations and participants it is planned to be run next year with potentially more volunteer organisations.
The Expo ran for two hours and was attended by approximately 200 students. The expo was designed in such a way to introduce students to volunteering but also organisations to a group of students who may be less likely to access volunteering without a process to understand volunteering opportunities in the Australian context.
Danielle Campbell, from the UTAS Community Friends and Networks Program (CFNP) said the event was a chance for students to connect with the community, to find out more about volunteering and what opportunities are available.
“Volunteering is a great way to increase employability, meet new people, have fun and strengthen the community,” she said.
“The atmosphere was both enthusiastic and lively, with a lot of information exchanged and follow up contacts swapped.”
Apart from UTAS students, there were also students from Hobart college and Polytechnic who came to the University due to their interest in volunteering opportunities but were also interested in UTAS as a study option in the future.
“This event has been successful in its aims to bridge the gaps in multicultural volunteering, improve student’s creative understanding of how to value add to their qualifications and also have more wider community present at the university,” Danielle said.
Peter Middleton from Volunteering Tasmania said “with this new trade expo, organisations needing more volunteers will be building their capacity through showcasing their program to a diverse group of people”.
The CFNP connects students who are ‘new to town’ with Tasmanian people from all walks of life. Whether you are new to town or a Tassie local, Laura, Danielle, and Michelle would love to invite you to get involved with the CFNP. For more information, visit http://www.utas.edu.au/cfnp/
Published on: 23 Sep 2011 10:03am