Community spirit

  • What defines an emergency volunteer?

    It sounds like a simple question but it’s not an easy one to answer.

  • Centralised coordination of spontaneous emergency volunteers

    The latest edition of the Australian Journal of Emergency Management presents a case study on EV CREW.

    on intended outcomes for community resilience and emergency management. - See more at: https://ajem.infoservices.com.au/items/AJEM-31-01-07#sthash.LBblkACf.dpuf
    with particular attention on intended outcomes for community resilience and emergency management. - See more at: https://ajem.infoservices.com.au/items/AJEM-31-01-07#sthash.LBblkACf.dpuf
    with particular attention on intended outcomes for community resilience and emergency management. - See more at: https://ajem.infoservices.com.au/items/AJEM-31-01-07#sthash.LBblkACf.dp
    with particular attention on intended outcomes for community resilience and emergency management. - See more at: https://ajem.infoservices.com.au/items/AJEM-31-01-07#sthash.LBblkACf.dpuf
    with particular attention on intended outcomes for community resilience and emergency management. - See more at: https://ajem.infoservices.com.au/items/AJEM-31-01-07#sthash.LBblkACf.dpuf
  • Emergency Volunteering - 5 years on

    This week marks the 5th anniversary of the devastating Queensland Floods of 2010-11. Thousands of volunteers helped with the massive clean-up effort.

  • EV CREW

    Emergency Volunteering CREW works with government and organisations to provide volunteer support for all aspects of disasters. Watch now!

  • Logan SES

    Born in Sudan, freedom and security was something that was not a given in Emmanuel Andrew’s life. But since volunteering with the Logan City State Emergency Service (SES), he has found a place in the community that will not only help others, but connection which he had always longed for. Watch now!

  • How arts-related projects build resilient communities

    Investment in arts and cultural-related projects is a therapeutic way in which disaster-affected communities are being supported during recovery processes. It is widely believed involvement with the arts can help those dealing with trauma by providing them with a different, creative outlet for their emotions and experiences. Research has also shown inclusion of creative outlets during a recovery period can be more beneficial for children than being counselled by a therapist

  • Neighbours...should be there for one another

    One of the easiest and possibly most effective ways of promoting community resilience is as simple as getting to know your neighbours!

    An ongoing UQ study into community resilience in the wake of the Queensland floods has shown that during a disaster, breaking news and situation updates are often heard first from neighbours. Residents of flooded streets in Ipswich reported there is a stronger sense of ‘neighbourliness’ in the area following the flood recovery effort. 

  • The Journey: Step Up Program

    Our Step Up Program is making a difference in the lives of thousands of Queenslanders. Watch now!

  • Disaster Ready Communities launch

    What are you doing in the good times to make sure you’re ready to help each other when it really matters?

    We recently launched ‘Disaster Ready Communities’, a resource designed to promote and support community resilience in the face of natural disasters in the form of animation. Delegates from a number of disaster management groups, local emergency services, and non-profit organisations came together with Volunteering Queensland at the State Library of Queensland to view the animations and participate in activities whilst networking and discussing how they planned to utilise the resources.

  • Tips for volunteers

    Many people want to volunteer their time to help others after a disaster. The support volunteers provide helps communities get back on track as quickly as possible.

  • Helping Queenslanders in need - offers of assistance

    The best way to support your fellow Queenslanders affected by the floods is by cash donations.

    The Queensland Government has established the Queensland Floods Appeal 2013 in partnership with the Australian Red Cross. Donations can be made by visiting redcross.org.au or by calling 1800 811 700.

  • Disaster Resilience Leadership Project

    Our Natural Disaster Resilience Leadership Project is a 2 or 4 day capacity building workshop for community leaders living in disaster affected or disaster at risk communities. Watch now!

  • Be Prepared

    Be Prepared is a straightforward facilitated process which invites community to answer the question: How will your community work together to plan how you will support each other before, during and after disasters? This unique approach to building resilience is focused on community-level activity rather than individual preparedness.

  • Is my local community prepared?

    Why does it matter if your community is prepared?

    You have your emergency kit, a get-away plan and are ready to roll come what may... so who cares if there's fisticuffs at the supermarket emptying the shelves, if people are grid-locking the highways trying to get away or get home...

  • What is community resilience?

    According to the Australian Government's Social Inclusion Board:

    Community resilience means the capacity of communities to respond positively to crises. It is the ability of a community to adapt to pressures and transform itself in a way which makes it more sustainable in the future. Rather than simply 'survive' the stressor or change, a resilient community might respond in creative ways that fundamentally transform the basis of the community.

  • Volunteering Queensland to continue working to build community resilience

    On Wednesday, The Honourable Neil Roberts, Minister for Police, Corrective Services and Emergency Services announced: Volunteering Queensland to continue working to build community resilience.

  • People Recovery = Physical Recovery

    People recovery is the most important thing and sometimes to help with people recovery we need to help with property recovery - Joe, Global Care

    Global Care opened up shop in Grantham a few days after the devestating inland tsumami destroyed small Lockyer Valley town. They have been operating ever since and will be there for many months to come.

    Since January, the team out there has:

    • Worked on over 500 jobs with volunteers
    • Had 380 clients
    • Worked with more than 1500-1800 volunteers
  • Flood victim joins volunteer community

    Sarah Borg watched as her house and her street disappeared under water during the recent Brisbane floods.

    During February, unable to fix her own house, the 23 year-old nurse arranged to join the volunteer effort in Warwick.

    "It was a time where we couldn't do anything else, so while I couldn't do anything on our house, I thought if I went and helped someone else it would be a way of saying thank you for the other people helping us," she said.

  • Resilience Leadership Project

    Our Natural Disaster Resilience Leadership Project is a 2 or 4 day capacity building workshop for community leaders living in disaster affected or disaster at risk communities.

  • Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Resilience Project

    Our Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Resilience Project collaborates with Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander communities and organisations, emergency services, disaster management agencies, emergency volunteers, local councils and Elders, to share traditional knowledge about disaster resilience through culturally appropriate, localised engagement that's built on trust and respect.