Volunteering is both a great opportunity for the volunteer and an important way to show support and transparency in communities when embedding community projects. Reductions in public spending with fewer staff working in communities means that volunteering can provide an important community link and help work from within communities, working with hard to reach and hard to engage individuals and neighbourhoods. Volunteers and community champions have so much to give to their neighbourhoods and the possibilities are endless from low level volunteering to community researchers that add local knowledge to consultation.
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 do 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?
Who should attend?
- Elected Members
- Community engagement staff
- Managers who work with the community and manage front line staff
- Officers in local authorities, housing associations and other front line agencies
About the Trainer: Maxine Moar
Maxine Moar has been involved in building local and national community engagement policies for over 17 years. She has been consulting communities and using the results to work with partner organisations and elected members throughout that time and her work has been nationally recognised. She has worked with successive Ministers and Home Secretaries during her role with The Home Office, as well as with the Department for Communities and Local Government. Her work with volunteers and community champions as gained National recognition for both Maxine and the communities she has supported and empowered.