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
Volunteers, and statutory services. It's a tricky area. But then so are statutory services these days. This is nothing new of course. For example, we are a small island, and our lifeboat service is not statutory. It's staffed entirely by volunteers, and funded only by donations. This is the same situation for our crucial air … Continue reading Can volunteers save the NHS?
"I have been in Calais the jungle and it was one of the most difficult times I have ever lived in. I have stayed in the forest for nearly a year and a half. I have enjoyed the most beautiful friends in my life. They devoted their time to us and did everything they could … Continue reading You WILL be useful…
Recruitment - Retention- Motivation - Evaluation... The online classroom for volunteer coordinators will be underway by the end of March. Come to a free introduction session to find out more! For Volunteer Co-ordinators, Volunteer Managers, ANYONE involving volunteers Come into the live online training room! Meet the trainer, test your headphones, scribble on the whiteboard … Continue reading Recruit – Retain – Motivate. Free Sessions
Open courses with places in the next few months: Demonstrating the VALUE of your Volunteers: 13th October We'll work out how to gather evidence of all that good stuff you know is happening, and use it - to celebrate your own achievements, create great funding bids, or build partnerships with others. Book here - prices … Continue reading Autumn 2016: Open Courses
After a useful - (and highly amusing - thanks Tom for the Heavy Metal requests...) first session with attendees from around the UK we are ready for SESSION TWO! Workshops and networking LIVE on the internet. Why?! We'll explore some of the ways we can create classrooms online, some of the barriers and opportunities, and … Continue reading FREE Live Online Workshops!
A series of opportunities to learn, share skills and network with other coordinators in North East London this Autumn. Sessions are facilitated by Rebecca Tully, in partnership with Significant Seams and Voluntary Action Waltham Forest. Booking details below and at the Voluntary Action Website. Involving the Busy People – planning for short term and … Continue reading Networking and Training: Waltham Forest Autumn 2015
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
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.
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