Cajoled vs. Coerced. Cajoled Wins.

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.

Covering our bases…Best Practice Basics

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

Work. Fair. Volunteer.

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.