Welcome to the February Issue of the Volunteer Organiser’s eBulletin. Christmas has gone and you’re probably well on the way to fulfilling your New Year’s Resolutions.
You’ll be aware that the Volunteering for Stronger Communities Project has come to an end. Fret not, we have found funding to continue the Volunteer Organisers Learning Exchanges and Volunteer Organisers Network Event
Please note that all our events are now FREE unless told otherwise. Good news indeed in tight times.
Don’t miss out on our resources created especially for you. There is loads of information there for Vounteer Organisers.
Also don’t forget to follow us on twitter @HelpImAVolMgrfor more regular information and advice for volunteer managers.
We can’t wait to see you at our forthcoming events…
Jo and Geoff
PS. A plea for help…please could you give us a hand in promoting these events to small community groups run by volunteers…”Friends of…” groups, sports clubs and associations, community centres, church groups etc and forward on this newsletter to anyone you know who may benefit! Thank you so much xx
1. Volunteer Organisers Network
1.1 Next Networking Event (book now)
Our next networking event will take place on March 5, 09.45-12.00 at the Volunteer Centre in Blackburn. Please follow the link for more information and to book now for your free place. Places are limited so act now!! http://bit.ly/18Uj3ni
This is our first under new funding, come along for something different…
2. Training and Learning for Volunteer Organisers
2.1 Learning Exchange (book now)
Our second Learning Exchange of 2014 will take place on March 5, 13.00-16.00. If you have an issue or problem that has you stumped, come along to the Learning Exchange. Your fellow attendees may be able to help you find a solution. Please follow this link to book your place http://bit.ly/1hMxsV2 . Please bear in mind that places are limited so act now!!
For our full programme of events in 2014, please follow this link http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/org/2328064167?s=11675704
Check out the new Community Hive website https://community-hive.co.uk/eventsfor training & events taking place across the borough for you & your volunteers to take advantage of. If you’d like to open up any of your training to other volunteers and or volunteer managers please email Geoff.Wilkinson@bwdcvs.org.uk with details and we’ll upload it to the website. Please note the Community Hive website is still in development, so please let us know any issues you experience with it.
3. Resources for Volunteer Organisers
3.1 Online BwD CVS Resources
We did lots of good work through the Volunteering for Stronger Communities Project that we didn’t want to go to waste. Here is a resource page we’ve created http://bit.ly/152tJOB
The Directory of Social Change has produced a handbook (at a whopping 592 pages) called The Complete Volunteer Management Handbook – part of the Essential Volunteer Management Set. For more information, follow this link http://bit.ly/15ZATy9
4. Volunteer Organiser’s Peer Support Agreement
Again, another thing we did when the Volunteering for Stronger Communities project ended was to ensure that the connections between the Volunteer Organisers remained strong and sustainable. Besides getting everyone LinkedIn and tweeting J we also devised (with your help!) a Pennine Lancashire Volunteer Organiser’s Peer Support Agreement which you can view here…http://bit.ly/1dyI5ak . If you have any suggestions on how we can make this even better, please email email@example.com
It is now a topic on the new LinkedIn group, Pennine Lancashire Volunteer Organisers (another resource set up to sustain the project after December 2013). If you want to join the group, please follow this link http://linkd.in/19UJinB . You must have a LinkedIn profile first to join.
5. Your Volunteers
Joanne Calvert at ACCROSS (Accrington and Rossendale College) has offered to run a number of courses in a community setting for Volunteer led organisations. The courses are free so long as delegates meet the following criteria; delegates must be unemployed, claiming a State Benefit and actively seeking employment. For further information, contact Joanne on 01254 354191 or email her firstname.lastname@example.org or follow this link http://bit.ly/GAQc9G
Lancashire Mind is seeking a Trustee Treasurer. Please follow this link for further information http://bit.ly/N24nZ6
For more training your volunteers could access, please see the training section of the Volunteer eBulletin here http://bit.ly/1frozjo
6. Other information (not directly related to Volunteer Management)
Before Christmas 2013, we told you about a great offer from Avive renting out retail space to Charities. They’ve asked us to forward on another offer to Charities and Community Groups. Please follow this link http://bit.ly/1mAwSd9