Thoughtful Thursdays is a weekly twitter tweet chat and discussion: a chance to chat and connect, learn and share with other Volunteer Managers. Each week a different co-ordinator publishes a new blog in the group Thoughtful Thursdays from VMmovement via ivo.org. The blog provides our theme and focus for that week's discussion and poses … Continue reading Online support for coordinators
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.
Some evidence-based perspectives on designing learning, aimed at those planning inductions/training for volunteers, from Tobi Johnson. When designing volunteer training, my biggest challenge is how to create a program that doesn’t scare volunteers away. Often, the programs I work with have daunting amounts of information volunteers must learn in order to perform with confidence. Programs … Continue reading Designing Volunteer Training
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
I've been getting involved in a few projects with my toddler. With varied success. Gardening, cooking projects, and a bit of demonstrating since you ask. And I'm considering writing about my experience... from volunteering practitioner to parent, and the steps in between. I'm wondering... has anyone else has written about this sort of thing? Have … Continue reading ‘Getting Involved’ with a Kid in Tow.
This was originally posted on ivo.org as a ''Thoughtful Thursday' volunteer managers tweet and blog chat. At the tail end of last year, my colleague Kim and I had the opportunity to work with Greater London Volunteering, developing a set of tools to evaluate what volunteers and organisations achieve through their work. This post is … Continue reading Proving our Worth. Who, When, How?
It was COLD. I was TIRED. I’d been training in something NOT FUN all afternoon and I got LOST finding Truro Road, which it turns out is dead easy to find, so then I felt like a bit of a DOOFUS. A cold, GRUMPY doofus. Heading to a community centre I didn’t know, to see … Continue reading 7days4stow First Co-ordinators Meeting
Like many people, I have mainly taught myself what I need to know to use a computer. Very few of us have had formal word processing training if we think about it, although we've shown each other things, searched online here and there... And clicked and 'undone' many, many times. I have had reason to … Continue reading Clicking ‘Undo’ in the Real World