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.
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!
Volunteers and coordinators networking in Waltham Forest and online. Community action including community centres, supper clubs and more.
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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
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
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?
Facilitating Groups Effectively - a two-day course through LVSC and Happy. Highly interactive with lots of chance to practice techniques, and time to reflect on your own skills and development. Previous comments on the course: "Clever approach"... "Lots of short sessions that covered plenty of content" 16th/17th October, course outline here, please call to book … Continue reading Latest Learning Opportunities
Your volunteers achieve a lot, overcome a lot, and learn a lot through their volunteering. You want to show them and your organisation how much is gained. or maybe you’ve found some possible funding for supporting the volunteering part of what you do, but you’ve never put into words before just what people get from … Continue reading Demonstrating the Value of your Volunteer Programme