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CIVIL SOCIETY LEADERSHIP  PROGRAM

A 12month program for community people to develop and exercise social leadership.
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SELF-DIRECTED
SERVICES AND PERSONAL BUDGETS


You can take charge of your social support, education and health care through a personal budget.
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for further information.
REFORMING OUR NOT-FOR-PROFITS

Making a difference in our not-for-profits.
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for further information.
STREET BY STREET

Linking
up people who live in the same street or nearby to build community by doing amazing things with and for each other - on a national scale.
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CONSUMER POWER
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LEFT AND RIGHT?

"The Left and Right have been as bad as each other. The Left has allowed its distrust of markets and endless faith in government to obscure the importance of civil society. The Right has been so focused on replacing the state with markets that it has forgotten how to cultivate a trusting society.

This is the politics of the absurd. The Left identifies with the good society but rarely talks about the mutualism and trust between people. The Right recognises the importance of moral obligation but gives the impression of trusting market transactions more than civil society.

Few things seem to happen anymore without a government law or market transaction to guide them. This is how record levels of GDP in Australia now sit alongside record levels of crime, social stress and family  breakdown. The political balance needs to swing back towards civil society.

This task, in fact, requires a new type of politics."

Mark Latham, Mutualism: A Third Way for Australia," 1999.

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CIRCLES OF SUPPORT

Circles of Support are a tool to make social inclusion work for people with disabilities, mental illnesses, vulnerable children and families, single young parents, and others struggling with social isolation.
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A Volunteersí Union in

Australia

Voice and Representation for 6 million Volunteers


There are 6 million volunteers in Australia in a broad range of community, charity, sporting, arts and government organisations. Their contributions constitute essential social infrastructure without which Australian society cannot function.

As our population ages, a growing number of Australians will be looking for volunteering options through which to make connections with others, form relationships, share skills and wisdom, and make practical contributions in their areas of special interest.

However, volunteers face many challenges. Risk management and legal pressures have formalised volunteering in recent years, producing tight role descriptions and strict terms of engagement which have made some volunteer roles less attractive.
In many cases, these roles reproduce the authority structures of paid work.

The emergence of 'volunteer management' as a specialist management function has tended to de-personalise the way voluntary contributions are made in society. There has been a tendency to slot volunteers into pre-determined roles within organizations, rather than enable volunteers to make voluntary contributions in unique and personalized ways.

In turn, volunteers have not had processes though which they can act on unsatisfactory volunteering experiences or respond to unsatisfactory relationships with managements.

Governments have unwisely included volunteering as a condition for receipt of certain welfare benefits, with adverse consequences for established volunteers and organisations that engage them. People cannot be forced to volunteer if their heart is not in it.

For these reasons, Australia needs a volunteers' union to represent the interests of volunteers and to speak on their behalf in the public arena.

CLICK HERE to read A Voice for Volunteers by Fuzzy Trojan. Fuzzy lives in Adelaide and is a is a "Golden Guru" with Volunteering SA&NT.


Voice and Representation

CLICK HERE to register your interest in participating in a volunteers' union.

We are inviting expressions of interest in joining a Steering Group to guide the development of the union.

Expressions of Interest in joining the Steering Group may be expressed through this online form.

This development process is hosted by the Centre for Civil Society.


Enquiries

Vern Hughes
vern@civilsociety.org.au
PO Box 159 Yarraville Vic 3013
03 5629 8400
0425 722 890

 

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COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA'S 665,000 VOLUNTARY COMMUNITY GROUPS

Australia's 665,000 voluntary community groups need our own voice.
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to become involved.

EMPOWERED COMMUNITIES

The Empowered Communities model is right for black and white Australia.
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for more information.

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE COOPERATIVES AND MUTUALS

Ausstralia's social enterprises, cooperatives and mutuals are without our own voice in public affairs.
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formore  information.
  

PARENTS FAMILIES AND CARERS

We are the basic unit of society and the key to belonging and care, but we are unrepresented in public life.
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TRANSFORMING OUR SCHOOLS

Innovation from grassroots parents and teachers to transform our schools.
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for more  information.
 

THE VOICE OF AUSTRALIA'S VOLUNTEERS

A public voice for Australia's  6.4m volunteers to speak for ourselves about volunteering and it's importance.
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CONSUMER-CENTRED HEALTH CARE

The National Campaign for Consumer-Centred Health Care aims to generate transformational change in health policy towards consumer-centred health care
.
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