CE Blog: Thanks to our volunteers this National Volunteer Week
Over the past couple of weeks, I have enjoyed the opportunity to catch up with some of you in person at NHQ and at the Tranche 2 roadshows.
National Volunteer Week, 21-27 June
We’re nearing the end of National Volunteer Week, when New Zealanders thank our country’s 1.2million volunteers for their selfless contributions across many organisations and fields.
Fire and Emergency has focused on thanking the more than 11,500 men and women who volunteer with us to keep our communities safe. We’ve acknowledged families, friends and employers for all the moments they’ve missed when our volunteers have been responding to incidents. And we’ve acknowledged the support our volunteers receive every day from career firefighters who turn out alongside them, trainers, admin and support staff, communication centres, leadership teams and a huge range of others across our organisation.
It takes all 14,000 of us at Fire and Emergency working together to protect people in our communities and what’s important to them.
Throughout the week some of our volunteers have shared their stories about how they manage volunteering alongside the other things that are important to them, and the support they receive along the way. You can read their stories on our Portal.
We also invited the public to share their stories and messages of thanks to our volunteers via our Facebook page(external link), and the response has been wonderful. I encourage you to take a moment to read the comments.
Building the Behaviour and Conduct Office – have your say before 3 July
Also coming to a close is your window to share feedback on the design of the Behaviour and Conduct Office (BCO).
The BCO has been set up to be the future centre for education and training on values-based behaviour, to address the barriers to reporting bullying and harassment, and to manage complaints.
We want the BCO’s design, structure and processes to work for you, and the best way we’ll achieve that is to involve as many different perspectives as possible at key points along the way. This is not formal consultation; the Positive Workplace Culture team is simply seeking early feedback. They’ll consult formally on the design later this year.
If you haven’t already, I encourage you to complete the survey before it closes on 3 July 2020: Building our Behaviour and Conduct Office – share your thoughts(external link).