I’ve taken over Judy’s blog for a week whilst she’s in Turkey for the Statutory Meetings of the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement.
The General Assembly is an opportunity to assess today’s main humanitarian challenges, to discuss new and emerging humanitarian trends and threats, and to reflect on the role of IFRC in overcoming those challenges. At this assembly, they will also elect a new IFRC president along with four vice-presidents and National Society representatives to the Governing Board. I’m sure there will be plenty of outcomes and discussion points Judy will be eager to share with us on her return.
A word cloud from our Thrive leadership session last week
Last week I was privileged to take part in an ‘on the couch’ session with participants of the Thrive program, which is a new Red Cross leadership program designed in conjunction with Melbourne Business School. It is intended to grow the skills and abilities of those who already have some leadership experience and it is open to Red Cross staff and volunteers.
The current Thrive intake is nearing the end of their nine module course and last week completed their module on Business Finance. I ran a Q&A with the participants, helping to put some of their learnings into context for our operating environment. The group had terrific questions and it was exciting to see this dynamic new learning approach come to life.
Voting results for marriage equality
November 15 is an important day for our community – the announcement of the voting results on marriage equality.
I want to acknowledge, regardless of individual views and beliefs, this has been a challenging time for many in our community. We know that many of our staff, volunteers, members, clients, family and friends have been deeply and personally affected by the marriage equality debate.
As the announcement of the results occurs, I would like to encourage all of us to take care of each other. Take time to check in with each other, especially if you know of colleagues who may be personally impacted by the announcement.
For those of you who feel you are in need of support please take the time to speak with your manager or HR team. Our EAP services are also available to our entire workforce and their immediate family members 24 hours a day. You can contact EAP via phone 1300 361 008, or visit this website and enter the access code arcnational.
Thanking our volunteer managers
The spirit of volunteerism is at the core of Red Cross – it’s one of our fundamental principles and we owe much of our success, strength and agility to the fact that we are backed by 35,000 members and volunteers. These people, who give so much of their time and passion to Red Cross, are connected by critical members of our workforce – volunteer managers. Volunteer managers spend their days engaging volunteers, ensuring they have the resources and support they need so they can effectively do their job.
This last Sunday (November 5) was International Volunteer Managers Day – a day to acknowledge the work of our staff and volunteers who manage the people who are out in the community representing Red Cross. We thank them for the role they play in connecting thousands of Australians to our organisation, and supporting them to change lives.