Volunteering Tasmania, in conjunction with the University of Tasmania, is showing all the different
ways that young people give back to the community.
Throughout February and March, they ran an Instagram competition, ‘Random Snaps of Kindness’ in
preparation for this year’s National Youth Week which runs this week.
Tasmanians between the ages of 13-25 submitted photos on Instagram using the #kindsnaps
hashtag, and @volunteeringtas to win prizes, and promote a positive image of youth contribution to
Among the 60 entries were photos of the emergency services, families, animal welfare and of course,
more than a few ‘selfies’.
“The judges were incredibly moved by some of the photos and captions. Seeing the range of
emotions, including pride, compassion and joy, on the faces of our local young people was a
humbling and poignant experience,” said Adrienne Picone, CEO of Volunteering Tasmania.
“Young volunteers give an average of 12.5 hours a month to benefit our community. Our goal
for this project was to give those hard workers the recognition they deserve, and break down the myth
that young people don’t demonstrate care for others or give their time,” said Ms Picone.
“Through working with University of Tasmania Researcher, Dr Nicholas Hookway, we know
that young people show kindness every day in many different ways, including volunteering” she said.
An exhibition and prize giving ceremony will be held in both Hobart and Launceston, and all members
of the public are encouraged to attend. For those who can’t make the launch or closing events, the
images will remain on display from Monday evening until Wednesday evening in Hobart, and from
Monday morning until Thursday evening in Launceston.
Dr Nicholas Hookway is a sociologist in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Tasmania. His research is driven by
a fascination with how people care and connect in a changing world. The kindness study – completed with UTAS colleagues
Associate Professor Daphne Habibis and Dr Anthea Vreugdenhil – is the first in the world to examine the social composition
of kindness and how it is changing across generations.
As Tasmania’s Peak body for volunteering, Volunteering Tasmania (VT) makes a positive impact on volunteerism, and as a
result, helps to improve and sustain our wonderful community and the people within it. VT believes that all members of our
community equally deserve the right to be included in volunteering, and experience the benefits. Their mission is to create
an environment which promotes and sustains effective volunteerism.
Bonnie Tuttle Communications Officer Volunteering Tasmania