Two key organisations have recently joined forces to improve the quality of volunteer management techniques and practices. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Australasian Association for Managers and Volunteers (AAMoV) and Volunteering New Zealand (VNZ) is the first of its kind in this industry and a great step towards increasing and supporting professionalism amongst Managers of Volunteers.
The President of AAMoV, Karen Buenger, and the CEO of VNZ at the time, Vanisa Dhiru, signed the MOU in February, prior to Vanisa's departure from VNZ.
“Together we can increase the quality of management training and support that Managers of Volunteers have access to,” said Karen Buenger. “Volunteers are an integral part of our communities in Australasia, this is demonstrated by the fact that according to the World Giving Index, both Australia and New Zealand lead the world when it comes to individuals giving time and money to the community. As such, our volunteers need and deserve the highest quality of support from Managers of Volunteers,” Ms Buenger said.
“This is the first of many partnerships with professional community organisations throughout Australasia, aimed at improving the health and quality of volunteer management,” Ms Buenger advised.
Millions of people volunteer to support our communities, and many services, cultural establishments and sporting events would not be possible without them. As such is it essential that volunteers are professionally supported in their roles to ensure the sustainability of volunteering in our region.
AAMoV advocates strongly for the recognition and support of volunteer management as a profession in our region. VNZ is the peak body for volunteering in New Zealand with over 30% of all New Zealanders participating in volunteering activities it is a significant voice in the broader New Zealand Community.
AAMoV are proud to be partnered with VNZ and will announce further partnerships with other organisations soon.