1. Tap into what is being offered at your local CVS or Volunteer Centre
We are currently offering a number of training courses specifically for volunteers including pre-volunteering; employability; risk awareness and confidence building. Contact Catherine.Westwell@bwdcvs.org.uk
as well as training for volunteer organisers (some of whom may be volunteers)… http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/org/2328064167?s=11675704
and more generic training for groups which your volunteers can access… http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/org/3142671782?s=12039410
2. Speak to local colleges to see what they can provide and what they might be able to provide free (especially if your volunteers are currently unemployed). If they’re looking for learners and you’re looking for training you might be able to strike up a deal
3. See what Adult Education is available, e.g. in Lancashire… http://bit.ly/WISNDF
4. Make use of online training which is available such as Blackburn with Darwen’s Safeguarding eLearning courses http://www.lsab.org.uk/e-learning/
5. Get together with other organisations and pool the money you do have for training (perhaps 4 organisations could share the costs of 1 training course for their volunteers)
6. When you’re putting in funding bids to support the work of your organisation, make every effort to include a learning element to the bid
7. Talk to other volunteer organisers in community, voluntary & statutory organisations …do they have spare places on training they’re running for their volunteers that you could make use of? …does their group run awareness raising sessions on a particular subject that you need for your volunteers?
8. Do you know all the skills and experience you have within your team of staff / committee members / trustees and volunteers? Perhaps if you ask the right questions you’ll find someone in the team who could provide the training you’re looking for…
9. Can you convince a training provider to give you free or subsidised places because of your charitable or community interest status (they might be able to get tax relief) …or maybe they want something you have, e.g. access to the community, space for meetings, a minibus, etc. which you could swap in return for the training… what could you give them?
10. Get your volunteers to take responsibility for their own learning. By creating a SOLE – a Self Organised Learning Environment. For some inspiration & a toolkit for this see… http://www.ted.com/pages/sole_challenge - Sugata Mitra’s vision is to use this with children… but why not adults …volunteers …staff … you …me?