Voluntary Action Sheffield delivers a number of training courses providing guidance on how voluntary organisations can work with volunteers effectively.
Volunteers are the lifeblood for many voluntary sector organisations, and there is clear evidence that a well-managed programme has greater impact and leads to successful service delivery. Your programme can be put on a stronger footing by equipping volunteer managers with the knowledge, skills and expertise they need through a nationally recognised qualification in Volunteer Management.
VAS is offering new online distance learning courses to help meet this challenge. It will:-
Participants learn at a place and pace to suit the learner. You will get support from a dedicated online tutor, full web-based course materials and additional resources. Written assignments are used to demonstrate understanding. Book online:www.vas.org.uk/training or email firstname.lastname@example.org
2016 Training Dates at The Circle:
Full day courses:
Organising Your Volunteer Programme
This course focuses on the policies, processes, legal requirements and arrangements that any organisation needs to have in place for a volunteer programme.
Ensure a firm policy foundation for a volunteer programme
Design effective processes to comply with organisational policies
Know the legal requirements on volunteering
Consider how to administer a volunteer programme efficiently
Attracting and Keeping Volunteers
Now, more than ever before, organisations depend on volunteers to help deliver services. And when you’ve found and recruited the ‘right’ people, you don’t want to lose them.
Design effective recruitment processes
Know how and why volunteers are drawn to an organisation
Think about what you can offer to volunteers and what you can expect in return
Ensure the foundations of a happy future relationship
Supervising and Supporting Volunteers
Volunteers needs opportunities to develop their role in guidance to improve their performance. A wise organisation offers opportunities for personal support too
Define the purposes of ‘supervision’ and ‘support’
Develop volunteers’ expertise through supervision
Set up effective models of support that enhance retention
Understand how to retain volunteers by responding to their motivation needs
Half day courses:
Volunteers and the Law
What the law says about volunteering is fundamental knowledge for volunteer coordinators, senior managers and decision-makers. Clarify when the law says a volunteer becomes an employee, and what volunteers can and can’t do when claiming benefits. Insurance, Data Protection, DBS and Safeguarding, working with immigrants and asylum seekers are all covered in this session.
Avoid stepping too close to boundaries between volunteering and employment
Give good advice to volunteers about any conflicts when claiming benefits
Design procedures to make sure your organisation stays within the law and embeds good practice in your volunteer programme
Motivating and Retaining Volunteers
Recruiting volunteers is the single most expensive activity any volunteer programme undertakes, so holding onto the ones you have, and developing their contribution to the organisation, is a much more attractive option. Review the principles of motivation, and consider ideas to make volunteers’ contributions even more valuable to your organisation.
Retain more volunteers by knowing the turnoffs to avoid
Take away ideas to improve relationships with existing volunteers
Recognise the signs of de-motivation and respond to it