Coerced volunteering, or mandatory work placements under threat of sanctions - which do so much to erode strong supportive volunteering cultures - have been making the news again with a study showing that sanctions do nothing to get people into better work, or better health. (It's already been proved that good, unsanctioned volunteering placements DO … Continue reading Cajoled vs. Coerced. Cajoled Wins.
If you've joined me for training around Volunteers and the Law in the last couple of years, you'll possibly remember a discussion around where exactly Asylum Seekers are allowed to volunteer. You may remember me explaining the odd nature of the law - only in a charity, nothing public sector, no NHS. "But what about … Continue reading Who Can Volunteer?
This was originally posted as a Thoughtful Thursdays blog post back in 2013... It's still relevant! Welcome back ##ttvolmgrs, i look forward to those warm fuzzy feelings of connection Being in charge of a child teaches you a lot about what’s achievable - and what you as a person want to achieve. I don’t think … Continue reading Teach Them Well… Kids and Volunteering
My podcast with the @workhubs Cafe Garage Project - "So how do we organise a group of people, without telling them what to do, make it inspirational, have them showing up at the right time... it's got to be like a fun engageing community project?" Here's how I answered!
Are you wondering about the stories and the people behind the migration headlines? This is a Supper Club with a twist. Great global food with global stories thrown in too. "I think he’s quite isolated... your welcome came along just at the right time." Through a broken phone conversation, one of our volunteers had told … Continue reading Stories and Supper
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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