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Understanding Volunteering

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Grasp the obligations, expectations and processes involved in working with volunteers in this 90-minute training session.

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'I will apply my new knowledge to redraft our volunteering policy and target volunteering opportunities to a more diverse range of people'

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Volunteers are a vital part of our sector, but if you want to get the most from your organisation’s volunteers then you need to grasp the obligations, expectations and processes involved.

We want to help ensure you have all the basics covered for understanding the conditions that describe genuine volunteering (as opposed to unpaid work) and how this route can be positioned as a step into paid employment.

In this 90-minute session, including open Q&A, we work through:

  • An exploration of why people volunteer, and why employers offer volunteering opportunities
  • How you can use your volunteering opportunities to aid diversity and inclusion
  • Volunteering best practice, including induction, supervision and training, and reimbursement of legitimate expenses
  • Volunteer Agreements
  • What a Voluntary Worker is and the rules that apply to this type of volunteer

This session is part of our series of Fair Access Sector Support training which has been tailored specifically for Northern Ireland’s cultural sector and funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland's National Lottery fund. It’s designed for anyone that works with volunteers and is accompanied by a Best Practice Guide to Apprenticeships, Internships and Volunteering.

Duration: 90 minutes (including breaks)

Venue: This is an online training session hosted on Zoom, the link to join will be sent to you ahead of the event.

Tickets: This is a free event for employers working in the cultural sector in Northern Ireland. Tickets must be booked through Eventbrite. If you are unable to attend the event, please de-register on Eventbrite or let us know via email so we can open your space up to another organisation.

Accessibility: Live captions will be available on the day using Zoom’s automatic live transcription. If you have any specific access requirements, please email info@ccskills.org.uk

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About Creative & Cultural Skills

We are the UK-wide agency working to create a fair, skilled and accessible cultural sector by shaping skills, education and employment best practice. Visit ccskills.org.uk to find out more and follow us on Twitter for the latest news.

This training event has been supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s National Lottery fund and consequently is only available to organisations based in Northern Ireland. England-based organisations can access our Arts Council England programme here. We are currently exploring funding options to make this available in Scotland and Wales.


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