Reductions in public spending and less resources for communities means that volunteering is one solution to maintaining community links and building community and neighbourhood capacity. The potential of volunteers and community champions are not to be underestimated. The possibilities are numerous: from low-level volunteering to community researchers that add local knowledge to consultation. There is growing evidence of the health benefits for individuals and wider benefits for councils and the communities they represent – including cost savings.
To build a strong volunteer base requires careful planning for both the volunteers and the organisation before starting the recruitment process.
This seminar takes delegates through the questions & processes that make for a strong and effective volunteer and community champion programme.
09:30 Registrations and Refreshments
10:00 Introductions – volunteering bingo
10:15 What is a volunteer and what roles should they take on? Why do you want to work with volunteers? What do you have to offer?
10:30 Have you considered the benefits of volunteers and the work they will take on – 2 person exercise – what can you offer? What do you need?
11:00 What makes someone volunteer?
11:30 What is the difference between participation, engagement and consultation? – group exercise
12:00 Working with volunteers and the difference from managing paid staff
Working with vulnerable volunteers
(Disabled, young people and offenders )
- Voluntary organisations
- Social media
- Word of mouth
13:15 Community champions – the voice of their community and how you utilise that. Group exercise: Where can your volunteers work within their community? Placements and safe venues
13:30 Health and safety and safeguarding – group exercise -what should you put in place to protect your volunteer and yourself?
14:00 Training needs and support for volunteers – keep it simple and real
Developing a group of volunteers and helping them to help develop their own structures – minute taking, committee skills, writing a constitution and group rules
14:20 Skills analysis and the things a volunteer brings to the table – develop a ‘job description’ that fits your project
14:30 Tools you may need to train your volunteers – PA, Social media.
14:45 Help them to see their progress- a diary, a needs assessment or gathering information
15:00 Pitfalls – what to consider and be mindful of
15:15 Supporting their needs- considering personalities and getting the best from skills they have – Group exercise- you are the volunteer, what do you bring to the table, how can you fit into an organisation and what should the officer consider?
Maxine Moar also runs two more sessions on community engagement on participatory appraisals and community agreements. For more information please click the links below: