Media Releases by Senator the Hon Ursula Stephens

Mandurah volunteers honoured

Parliamentary Secretary for Social Inclusion and the Voluntary Sector, Senator Ursula Stephens, today met with local volunteers at the Mandurah RSL to celebrate their achievements and congratulate recipients of the Australian Government’s $21 million Volunteer Grants. Senator Stephens said volunteers… Continue reading

Congratulating local volunteers

Parliamentary Secretary for Social Inclusion and the Voluntary Sector, Senator Ursula Stephens today congratulated Joondalup and Wanneroo volunteer organisations on being awarded grants under the Australian Government’s Volunteer Grants 2010. Senator Stephens met with grant recipients at a celebration morning… Continue reading

Senator Stephens visits WA migrant resource centre

Parliamentary Secretary for Social Inclusion and the Voluntary Sector, Senator Ursula Stephens, visited the Metropolitan Migrant Resource Centre in Western Australia today. Senator Stephens met staff and participants in the centre’s LEAD youth leadership program, which was funded $101,475 from… Continue reading

Volunteering experts advise government on strategy

Parliamentary Secretary for Social Inclusion and the Voluntary Sector Senator Ursula Stephens met with key leaders from the community at the final meeting of the Volunteering Policy Advisory Group in Canberra today. The group of diverse representatives across the volunteering… Continue reading

Lions Australia signs National Compact

Parliamentary Secretary for Social Inclusion and the Voluntary Sector, Senator Ursula Stephens, today welcomed Lions Australia’s support for the National Compact: working together. Rob Oerlemans, Executive Officer of Lions Australia, signed the compact at Parliament House today witnessed by the… Continue reading

Vinnies CEO Sleepout

Parliamentary Secretary for Social Inclusion Senator Ursula Stephens, Member for Solomon Damian Hale and Senator for the ACT Kate Lundy will tonight join 109 other Canberra CEOs to brave the cold, rainy Canberra night at the National Museum for the… Continue reading

Australian Parliament recognises volunteers

The Australian Senate yesterday unanimously passed a resolution, moved by the Parliamentary Secretary for Social Inclusion and the Voluntary Sector, Senator Stephens, in recognition of the efforts of Australia’s 5.2 million volunteers. Text of the resolution is below. The Senate… Continue reading

Celebrating Indigenous Community Volunteers

Senator Ursula Stephens, today congratulated the organisation Indigenous Community Volunteers (ICV) and the many volunteers it manages for their work in closing the gap on Indigenous disadvantage. To celebrate National Volunteer Week, Senator Stephens presented the 2010 ICV Outstanding Volunteer… Continue reading

Celebrating volunteers in National Volunteer Week

Today marks the start of a week-long celebration of Australia’s volunteers. The Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services, and Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin, and the Parliamentary Secretary for Social Inclusion and the Voluntary Sector, Senator Ursula Stephens, said National Volunteer… Continue reading

Volunteering Policy Advisory Group Fourth Meeting

The fourth meeting of the Volunteering Policy Advisory Group was held on Thursday 6 May 2010. The Advisory Group is providing expert advice on volunteering and helping develop Australia’s National Volunteering Vision and Strategy. The Strategy will outline a vision… Continue reading

Peninsula Pals collaborating to support the community

Senator Ursula Stephens, today congratulated the Peninsula Pals on their successful collaboration to raise money for community projects. Speaking at the Peninsula Pals charity fundraising event at Kirribilli House, Senator Stephens said that the Peninsula Pals are a wonderful example… Continue reading

Breaking the stigma of living with mental illness

Senator Ursula Stephens, today addressed mental health peak body, the Queensland Alliance, to launch a research paper into anti stigma initiatives in mental health. Senator Stephens said the research paper, From Discrimination to Social Inclusion, is an important examination of… Continue reading

More Mental Health funding for Harmony Place

The Australian Government will deliver an additional year’s funding of $335,000 to the Harmony Place Multicultural Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing, a centre which offers a range of support services to people affected by mental illness in Yeronga and… Continue reading

New research on social enterprise financial sustainability

Senator Ursula Stephens, today launched a new report on the viability and sustainability of social enterprise organisations. The report, Financing Social Enterprise: Understanding Needs and Realities has been produced by Foresters Community Finance. The research highlights the need for social… Continue reading

US expert urges innovation in social enterprise

Thought-leader on ethical branding, global development and social entrepreneurship, Jonathan Greenblatt, today encouraged not-for-profit organisations to be more innovative when establishing social enterprises. Speaking at a presentation at Parliament House this afternoon, Mr Greenblatt drew from his own experience as… Continue reading

Social Inclusion an important focus for rural leaders

Parliamentary Secretary for Social Inclusion and the Voluntary Sector, Senator Ursula Stephens, today highlighted the importance of addressing social disadvantage across Regional Australia. Speaking at Regional Development Australia’s (RDA) National Forum, at Parliament House, Senator Stephens said government and the… Continue reading

Supporting Australia’s volunteers

The Rudd Government is continuing to deliver on its commitment to support Australia’s volunteers with $21 million worth of one-off grants now available to volunteer organisations. Applications open today for the Volunteer Grants 2010 initiative. Grants between $1,000 and $5,000… Continue reading

Senator Stephens addresses Sandhurst leaders conference

The , Ursula Stephens, today highlighted the important role Catholic education plays in helping instil in young Australians the values of social justice and helping them participate fully in a better and fairer society. Addressing the Sandhurst Catholic Education office… Continue reading

Bendigo joins the Golden Gurus community

Senator Ursula Stephens, today visited the Bendigo Volunteer Resource Centre to welcome them into the Golden Gurus community. Senator Stephens said that Golden Gurus, an Australia 2020 Summit initiative, brings together a diverse range of quality organisations to link the… Continue reading

Supporting the not-for-profit sector

The Australian Government today announced the launch date of a new National Compact which aims to strengthen the working relationship between the Government and the not-for-profit sector. The Compact has been developed following extensive consultations between the Government and the… Continue reading