This is 'being bold for volunteering': Free resources for volunteer coordinators. Finding out what we need to know. Fighting for the services that rely on the added value of volunteering.
Volunteers and coordinators networking in Waltham Forest and online. Community action including community centres, supper clubs and more.
Hosting Refugees, Volunteering for Refugees at Home, Training for Volunteer Coordinators.
This post appears in Can I Bring Ivy: a blog about volunteering with kids - February 2017. We helped in Calais again this month. It's a lot quieter than it was last time I was there - which was just before the evictions. They'd rather a few more people! But there was a small upside … Continue reading Libby and Maia: Refugee Help with a knock-on effect.
Very engaging and informative… with a positive, inclusive ethos” Natalie, Forest Farm Peace Garden Volunteer Management has found its way back into the news recently for reasons we’d all rather avoid – no volunteer co-ordinator wants to end up in the High Court proving their volunteer is not an employee, or settling an employment tribunal … Continue reading Covering our bases…Best Practice Basics
Training at Happy for LVSC April 8th I'll be running a full day workshop at Happy/LVSC next month addressing the recent changes in criminal record checks for volunteers, and looking at all the great ways of recruiting to keep your organisation and volunteers safe. It will build on the half day workshops I've delivered in … Continue reading Great Volunteer Recruitment and DBS Checks
Mandatory work placements weaken our community sector. Volunteer managers should keep sight of our definition of volunteering, and be honest about what it’s not. In the training I do, discussion can arise when we’re looking at volunteer motivations. “Why DO people get involved in the first place…?” is a question I ask a lot. We … Continue reading Work. Fair. Volunteer.
Why do I do what I do? It's a funny thing. I started fiddling with this a couple of months ago because I was blown away by two spoken word poets. They said what was inside of me. I realised that some people describe why I'm driven to keep getting people involved, sharing experiences that … Continue reading My Values… in Spoken Word.
I had a great conversation with my Grandad the other day. He's 93 and fairly vocal about how bonkers he thinks I am so it's often humorous, but this time I could tell him I was doing a triathlon - and he also gave me the opportunity to TOTALLY NAIL my answer to “So what's … Continue reading The silliest of silly ideas.
This is so beautiful I want to marry it. Here are the bits you don't see - the reason it's an art to get a project up and running, to get people involved, to make sure we all support each other. The reason it needs recognition and a bit of cash every now and then. … Continue reading Why All the Fuss? Managing Volunteers