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Dementia Action Alliance are Looking for New Volunteers

Added 21/01/19

We are looking for someone to manage our Social Network accounts and to help increase our social media presence. A good understanding of social media is required and someone who enjoys using social media is a must.

Benefits of the role include:

  • You will be working as part of strong team of committed people
  • You will be part of a team that is dedicated to making B&NES dementia friendly and will be making a real difference to those living with dementia and their carers
  • In-house training relevant to your role
  • After you have been with us for 2 months you will be able to request a reference
  • Any additional travel expenses (apart from the 6-weekly meetings) will be reimbursed
  • You will become a dementia friend so your knowledge of dementia will be increased (1 hour information session)
For more details, click here.

 

 

 


Could you Spare Some Time for Bath Mencap

Added 21/01/19

Could you or someone you know make a positive impact on the life of a person with a learning disability? Can you spare 12 hours a year?

We are looking for volunteers to join the Mencap Visiting Service, an empowering service to people with a learning disability, after their parents have passed away.

You would need to volunteer around six times a year in your own time to support people to enjoy the activities they love. This could be anything from staying in for a cuppa and cake, to going on day trips and outings.

Click here for more info.

 

 

 


Volunteers Needed for Bath Half Marathon 2019 Cheerpoint

Added 21/01/2019

Could you take photographs of our amazing runners on Sunday 17th March 2019?
You will be based at our cheerpoint capturing images of our runners.
You’ll be representing CLIC Sargent and be joining our fight for young lives against cancer.

Click here for more info.

 

 

 


Lifetime Achievement Award Results

Added 06/12/2018

Congratulations to Lorna Montgomery ⁦‪from Bath Repair Cafe on her ⁦‪Institute of Fundraisers South West Lifetime Achievement Award, those who have worked with her said “we are very proud to have worked with her over the decades and to see the fantastic impact of her fundraising, leadership and volunteering” Well done!

 

 

 


World Mental Health Day : October 10th

Added 04/10/2018

We have been working with partners around BaNES on preparations for World Mental Health Day on 10 October and the events start this weekend on Saturday 6 October.

As part of the activities a ‘flashmob’ choir will perform two songs in three locations across Bath city centre on Saturday 6 October. Colleagues from our organisations will be joined by members of the public to sing ‘With a Little Help from my Friends’ and Bill Wither’s ‘Lean on Me’ at the following locations so do come and join in if you can:

• Old Bond Street, 11.30am

• Bath Abbey, 12pm

• Southgate shopping centre, 12.30pm

The partners we are working with across BaNES are Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP), Curo, Bath Mind, St Mungo’s, DHI, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), Creativity Works, Bath Food Cycle, City of Bath College, Royal United Hospital and Soundwell.

The events take place from 6 to 16 October and include a great range of activities; breathing and relaxation, physical activity tasters, pebble painting, how to get involved in volunteering, mental health in schools, rainy day resilience and our very own cookery sessions.

Find out more at: http://www.wellbeingcollegebanes.co.uk/

 

 

 


Volunteers wanted for Race for Life Pretty Muddy Obstacle Course

Added 06/09/2018

Cancer Research UK is looking for volunteers for their Race for Life Pretty Muddy 5k obstacle course. The roles on offer are:

  • Enquiries and Administration Volunteer
  • Event Day Volunteer
  • Course Marshal Volunteer

Follow this Link for more details:  https://bit.ly/2wLkzYc

 

 

 


Volunteers wanted for the Owls Hoot Farewell

Added 22/08/2018

We are recruiting volunteers to help out at the OWLS ‘HOOT FAREWELL’ * ACTION PREVIEW WEEKEND * 29th – 30th SEPTEMBER

We are recruiting a team of 30 volunteers to help out when all 82 of the owls and owlets will be gathered together in one giant ‘parliament’ over the weekend of 29-30 September at the Bath Recreation Ground.  This unique auction preview weekend will be the last chance to say your farewells before the flock flies off to the charity auction on 17th October.

As well as viewing the 82 fabulous owl sculptures, there will also be owl artists’ exhibitions, owl decoration workshops, real owl displays, owl sponsor stands, Bath City FC’s ‘Beat the gOWLie’ challenge, food and drink stalls and much more – a fantastic day out for owl fans of all ages!

We are seeking expressions of interested for the following roles:

  • Street marshals – guiding the public in from nearby streets
  • Entrance/exit marshalls
  • Owl marshalls (making sure people don’t stand on them etc)
  • Queue marshalls
  • Raffle ticket sellers
  • Merchandise sellers

If you are interested please let me know via email michael.plows@virgincare.co.uk Banes Volunteer Services

 

 

 


Would you like to be part of Forest 2018?

Added 22/08/2018

Get in touch info@forestofimagination.com to volunteer at one of the hippest, creative events in Bath!

forestofimagination.com

 

 

 


Nominations for Chairs Community Awards 2018/19

Added 08/08/2018

The search is on to find unsung heroes in Bath and North East Somerset with the launch of special awards celebrating volunteers, community leaders, staff and businesses that make a positive contribution to the local community

The Chair of Bath & North East Somerset Community Awards 2018/19 was officially launched on Friday (August 3) at the Guildhall, in Bath, by the Chair Councillor Karen Walker.

Nominations are now open for inspirational people who put others first and contribute to the council’s vision to make Bath and North East Somerset an even better place to live, work and visit.

There are three main categories in the Community Awards: Volunteering, Business and Service to the Community. Service to the Community is a new category and it recognises the exceptional service made by individuals and teams working across the Chair’s Award partner organisations.

Residents, staff, councillors, businesses, organisations and groups, teachers, and volunteers from Bath and North East Somerset can nominate people and nomination forms must be returned by no later than Friday 21st December.   You can nominate online or send a nomination form email or post clearly marked  The Community Awards 2018/19.

Everyone nominated for an award will be presented with a certificate in recognition of their contribution.  The winners of each category will receive a certificate and an award presented by the Chair of the Council at an Awards Ceremony held on Wednesday 27th February 2019 in the Banqueting Room, at the Guildhall in Bath.

For more information and how to nominate, please go to www.bathnes.gov.uk/CommunityAwards  or

Email: community_awards@bathnes.gov.uk

 

 

 


Do you have a project that a group of talented students could help you with?

Added 25/07/2018

For the past 6 years the University of Bath’s School of Management faculty have partnered with the Banes Volunteer Services (formerly Volunteer Centre) and the University of Bath’s Student Union Volunteer Department with the aim of encouraging small teams of students to volunteer their time and/or skills in October and November to add value to local charitable organisations.

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR?

We are looking for a set of fairly simple projects that a team of up to 7 students can deliver in November. This could include :

  • Assisting you in the planning or delivery of an event.
  • Pre-Xmas activity planning e.g; maybe doing a small amount of fundraising to provide Xmas decorations.
  • Collating a collection for you e.g; food or arts and crafts items or good quality items for a charity shop.
  • Organising a simple event like afternoon tea for your client group.
  • Using their skills – marketing, strategy and planning, finance – to  carry out a piece of work for you or provide training.
  • Helping to raise the profile of your charity.

Please do bear in mind that the students involved in this scheme are international and will be put into teams of other students that they have probably not met before. Therefore part of their challenge may well include language and cultural barriers.

NEXT STEPS

Challenge application form 2018

Please complete the challenge application form provided above, giving us as much detail as possible about the challenge and the benefits for you or your client group.  You may request as many projects as you like but each one must be on a separate form.

E-mail your challenge(s) to A.Boneham@bath.ac.uk by close of play on FRIDAY 21st SEPTEMBER.

The projects will be launched to Bath University students the week beginning 8th October and the student groups then choose which challenge they would like to deliver. If we receive more than 12 challenges then myself and Anna Boneham (Student Volunteer Manager – Student Union) will be shortlisting to achieve this number. Therefore, some challenges will not get selected to go through to the final round. However, we do have other groups of students who might then want to take up some of these projects at a later date.

We look forward to receiving your potential challenge projects by close of play on 21st September and thank you in advance for your support.

 

 

 


Can you inspire children about our wonderful waterways?

Added 04/07/2018

 

 

 

 


Work with the Trust

Added 14/06/2018

Avon Wildlife Trust is to looking for a new Trustee to build a diverse and inclusive Board that reflects communities in Avon. So if you are 18+ and would like to use your skills and experience to help us help wildlife, then they would love to hear from you.

https://t.co/q6tgYwdzpF

 

 

 


Community Challenge 2018

Added 14/06/2018

Check out the photographs of our wonderful volunteers from each of our Community Challenges taking place throughout Bath & North East Somerset during June, is your employer encouraging you to take part! We’re all smiling!

https://protect-eu.mimecast.com/s/Qa4fCoY8WtXXR19u75kh9

 

 


Age UK B&NES needs new trustees

Are you interested older people and the issues they face? If so Age UK Bath & North East Somerset would like to hear from you.

The local independent charity, which works with and for older people across Bath and North East Somerset, needs new trustees to join its board.

The charity supports around 12,000 older people, their families and carers every year, with essential services to promote a healthy, happy and satisfying later life, and needs new trustees to help guide its direction. The charity is particularly keen to hear from people with experience of fundraising / income generation.
Chair of the Trustees Board, Nicola Gregson, said: “We’re looking for new people with drive and ambition to help us respond to the increasing demands of providing services to older people. We need trustees who can think creatively and help us develop new ways of raising essential funds. Someone who could lead on organising an annual fundraising and profile-building event would be a great addition to the board.

“An interest in helping older people and experience of fundraising, events or running a business would be fantastic but what’s most important is passion, ideas, good connections within your local community and experience of working in or with a charity.”

Trustees need to be available for at least four meetings a year and one or two workshops, as well as for occasional informal meetings.

“We are very flexible and try to hold our meetings at times that suit the whole board – at the moment they are held at 5pm in Bath, but we are happy to look at different timings and locations, having some spare time during the day would be helpful” says Nicola Gregson. “You may be employed, part-time employed or retired – whatever stage in life you are at we would like to hear from you. Just contact me or our chief executive Janet for an informal chat,”

To find out more or for an informal chat please contact Janet Dabbs or Nicola Gregson – email nicolagregson54@gmail.com or janet.dabbs@ageukbanes.co.uk / 01225 466135
You can also find out more on the website www.ageukbanes.co.uk, and follow Age UK B&NES on Facebook and Twitter:

www.facebook.com/AgeUkBathAndNorthEastSomerset or @AgeUKBathNES

 

 

 

 


Children’s Summer Reading Challenge

Added 30/05/2018

We’re looking for friendly, enthusiastic volunteers age 16+ to help in all of the Bath & North East Somerset Libraries this summer with Children’s #SummerReadingChallenge2018.

For more information:  https://bit.ly/2FErYKl

 

 

 


GDPR – useful information for charities

Added 23/05/2018

Below is a link to a Guardian article which is a clear and simple starting point for charities. Definitely worth reading.

https://bit.ly/2IFOx86

Here is a comprehensive free guide to GDPR for charities. This seems to cover everything.

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Did you know that volunteering is good for you? And here is why…

Added 23/05/2018

 

 

 

 


Summer volunteering opportunities

Added 23/05/2018

Bath Area Play Project have coming up over the summer holidays, including numerous projects working indoors and outdoors throughout Bath and N.E Somerset with young people and children, helping them to have a fun filled summer!

Dates for projects are: 24th July – 23rd of August and we are looking for enthusiastic people to volunteer to help out.  You can find out more information on our website:

https://bit.ly/2s4LNGX

 

 

 


Volunteer Gardener for Alzheimer’s Society

Added 23/05/2018

If you have are a keen gardener and want to improve the lives of people with dementia, we have a role for you. Our Day Centre in Kingswood, Bristol, is seeking a volunteer gardener who can offer 3-4 hours each week, Mon-Fri.

The main tasks are:
* Tending the gardens – bushes, plants and flowers, weeding, pruning, digging, planting, watering, brushing/clearing pathways.
* Cutting grass lawns.
* Disposing of cuttings and other items according to local procedures.

https://bit.ly/2IXTJU5

 

 

 


Relevant Person’s Representative Volunteer

Added 23/05/2018

The role of the Relevant Person’s Representative is to support clients who lack capacity – either due to dementia, brain injury or learning difficulty; to ensure their best interests are safeguarded and advocating on their behalf.
This includes;
– Advocating on behalf of the client
– Assisting reviews of their care plan
– Safeguarding best interests.

Find out more:

https://bit.ly/2KNjHHl

 

 

 


Foxhill Play Ranger Volunteer

Added 23/05/2018

We are looking for a reliable, enthusiastic volunteer. We currently hold a community play session for children aged 5-13 in the Foxhill area of Bath. All of our sessions are child led. We are ideally looking for somebody who can give up the same couple of hours each week. In return we can offer training, support and references for future job opportunities.

We are looking for an individual that may have a particular interest and would like to share it with the young people we work with. For example; cooking, sports, arts and craft, listening to the young people etc. It would also be great to get people form the local area involved as it really helps build community spirit!

Find out more:

https://bit.ly/2GHEauq

 

 

 


Do you enjoy reading out loud?

Added 23/05/2018

We have a group of residents in our nursing wing who have asked for a reading group, we are looking for a volunteer to take on this role? could it be you … it will help make a big difference and there are enthusiastic listeners waiting to hear your reading voice at Greenhill House Timsbury. Saturday afternoons 2.30 – 3.30pm

Is this one for you?: Find out more:

https://bit.ly/2J0KaUr

 

 

 


Museum of Bath Stone have an opportunity for someone who would like to become a Treasurer/Trustee

Added 23/05/2018


The stone from the mines and quarries of Combe Down built most of Bath and has also been used as far afield as Cape Town in South Africa. The museum charts the history of the stone from its geological formation to its subsequent use. The historic and cultural significance of Combe Down is described as well as the influence of the stone on its development.

Our aim is to provide a stimulating environment, accessible and understandable to all ages and levels of education, where all aspects of this heritage can be explored and studied.

The treasurer will be responsible for the general financial oversight; financial reporting to the trustees and statutory bodies; financial planning and budgeting plus banking, book-keeping and record-keeping.

The best fit would be someone who enjoys a challenge and will bring their financial expertise to bear on developing this little gem. An interest in the rich history of Combe Down village and its stone would be beneficial. To find out more:

https://bit.ly/2ICnfzx

 

 

 


Room Guides for American Museum In Bath

Added 23/05/2018

If you love history, and would like to volunteer at one of Bath’s most spectacular venues, why not join us as a room guide. Full training will be given – you just need a confident, outgoing personality and a desire to learn – oh, and be free a couple of afternoons a month. Join our friendly team, learn new skills, make new friends and have fun! Then you may like to become a Room Guide for the American Museum in Bath.

https://bit.ly/2rYd6CM

 

 

 


Shop Volunteer for The Woodwork Project

Added 23/05/2018

The Woodworks Project is looking for enthusiastic, friendly and committed individuals to volunteer in our Woodworks Shop, located in central Bath. Our volunteers at the Woodworks Shop make a genuine difference to the success of The Woodworks Project. Our shop provides a valuable funding stream to enable us to continue providing workshop projects, a tangible end point for our service user’s work, and serves as the public face of our charity, it’s therefore a vital part of our organisation. Find out more:

https://bit.ly/2rYd6CM

 

 

 


Customer Survey

Added 16/05/2018

We love to hear how we are doing, as we are proud of the service we offer to both volunteers and volunteer involving organisations, so please let us now by taking our simply survey.

I am a volunteer involving organisation using the Banes Volunteer Services:  please take the survey

I am a volunteer using the Banes Volunteer Services:  please take the survey

 

 

 


Our May edition of Community Matters Newsletter

Added 16/05/2018

We’re striving to encourage greater inclusion in volunteering.
We want volunteering to be a rewarding experience that can be enjoyed by everyone in Bath and North East Somerset regardless of their background, identity or personal circumstances.

If you are a Volunteering Involving Organisation in Bath and North East Somerset why not check out our latest newsletter:

Community Matters Newsletter – May Edition

 

 

 


It’s Mental Health Awareness week

Added 16/05/2018

So we would like you help to spread the word so as more people are aware of this wonderful free resource which is available.

Please watch this short film to hear from Michael, Hazel and Kim – customers of the Wellbeing House. The Wellbeing House provides a retreat for those experiencing mental health distress. It’s a place where people can receive support to help them stabilise themselves and prevent a crisis. The house itself is a three-bedroom property located in Bath.

And then share it or tell someone about it we can make a difference!

www.curo-group.co.uk/wellbeinghouse

 

 

 


Wow – over 400 volunteers clean up three tonnes of rubbish during spring clean event

Added 16/05/2018

Community groups across Bath and North East Somerset got to grips with the litter during March, battling snowy weather, to do their bit.

In Stanton Drew volunteers tackled the whole parish with the support of 36 adults and children, filling a total of 15 bags. Community-minded pupils from Stanton Drew Primary School made a poster which will eventually go on litter bins within the parish.

Twerton Infant School collected 18 bags of litter in just one hour, celebrating their efforts with home baked cakes, courtesy of George Samios, the headteacher.

Over in Westmoreland, more than 55 children and adults, including 13 volunteers from McDonald’s, helped to clear their local area, starting from three separate locations and finishing at McDonald’s in Lower Bristol Road, where they were rewarded with hot drinks, apple pies and fruit bags for helping to clear up at least 30 bags of litter.

In Keynsham, 61 volunteers turned up to help the Keynsham Wombles, and there was special praise for the enthusiasm of the local Beavers group.

The Keynsham Wombles estimated that they cleared at least 80 bags before finishing off at the bowls club for tea and mountains of cake.

Julie Sampson, from the Saltford Wombles, said: “We met for our regular monthly litter pick and had a great turnout with 13 people out picking. Between us we collected 16 bags of rubbish from along the A4 from Pixash along to the Turnpike.

“As well as the usual takeaway boxes, coffee cups, plastic bottles and sweet wrappers, some of the stranger items we found were a VW badge, a full jar of face cream, one wellington boot and a golf ball.”

Harriette Dottridge, from Compton Dandom, said: “We have even had to remove a fridge from a stream and found odd pieces of cars which could have easily been disposed of via Bath and North East Somerset Council recycling centre.”

For many of these volunteers, the Great British Spring Clean is only one event in a regular schedule of litter picking.

Councillor Bob Goodman, (Conservative, Combe Down), cabinet member for neighbourhoods and development, said: “Littering is a thoughtless activity that makes places looks ugly and pollutes the local and wider environment.

“However it is encouraging that across Bath and North East Somerset there are so many great volunteers who frequently pick up litter, whether it be as part of their routine, by adopting a local street or area or by meeting regularly to tackle particular hotspots.”

Karen Wood, from Twerton, said: “Apart from the Great British Spring Clean many of those who do this regularly go out walking collecting rubbish as we go. I collect two bags most weeks and plan to continue to keep the community where I live free from rubbish.”

Residents in Widcombewest, who spent the Great British Spring Clean clearing snow and a whole array of debris left behind by people who’d gone out sledging, also clear Holloway and the subway nearly every week as part of their Keep Bath Tidy group.

Councillor Goodman added: “The number of groups and volunteers that took part in Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean is a testament to the willingness of the residents of Bath and North East Somerset to take care of the local and wider environment.

“Bath & North East Somerset Council would like to say well done and thank you to everyone who takes the effort to make their neighbourhood a nicer place to live.

“As we’re learning more and more, litter can be a serious hazard for our natural environment and even litter dropped locally can be blown and washed away by our rivers, ending up many miles away and polluting our seas.

“Every piece of litter that’s picked up is one less piece that can spoil the world we live in.”

 

 

 


Would you like to join our local Citizens’ Panel?

Added 16/05/2018

It’s a group of residents who help shape services by offering their views and insight into what matters to them, and what their priorities are. The Citizens’ Panel has been set up to enable people who use services, carers and residents of Bath and North East Somerset to have a say about how health and related services can be improved, so that everyone can feel happier, healthier and more in control.

Read more:  https://bit.ly/2rLZo4O

 

 

 


Why not share your talents with others!

Added 04/05/2018

“Every person has been born with a set of natural talents which are hard wired and stay with us all our lives.” Who are you going to share yours with? We can help you, take a look https://bit.ly/2Ig79dQ

 


Various free training for volunteers

Added 02/05/2018

Do you volunteer your time and energy to help others?  Then why not come along to some of our free volunteer training sessions?
Gain the skills and knowledge to feel confident, capable, and make the most of your volunteer experience. Sessions are open to anyone who volunteers in Bath and North East Somerset. And they’re all FREE!

This training is provided by Volunteer Network BANES, a group of not-for-profit organisations working together to support, develop, and value local volunteers; and all the amazing work you do.
Volunteer Training Opportunities: Just take a look and book your spot:            http://wellbeingcollegebanes.co.uk/index.php/Volunteers


Availability to access free Volunteer Core Training is coming up soon

Added 02/05/2018

This one day session covers the key areas that all volunteers should be aware of when working with socially excluded or vulnerable groups or individuals; Boundaries, Safeguarding, Confidentiality, Personal Safety.

Training is interactive, thought-provoking, and enjoyable. It is provided by DHI as part of the Volunteer Network Banes.
to book your space follow the link: http://wellbeingcollegebanes.co.uk/index.php/Activity/volunteer-core-training-session/5254


A helpful guide to recruiting and managing volunteers

Added 02/05/2018

A guide to recruiting and managing volunteers [PDF]


Managing Challenging Behaviour workshop

Added 02/05/2018

We have availability for the workshop on Managing Challenging Behaviour.
To find out more please go to the link: http://wellbeingcollegebanes.co.uk/index.php/Activity/volunteer-training—managing-challenging-situations/5300
A short interactive session aimed at volunteers who may encounter challenging behaviour or situations with clients or vulnerable members of the community.
This workshop will give you an opportunity to meet other people in similar roles to you and identify the challenging situations you may have come across during your work. During the workshop we will explore and share strategies to improve our skills and communication styles.

This training is delivered by a Registered Mental Health Nurse and independent trainer with over thirty years’ experience working with vulnerable individuals and clients in NHS and other private and third sector organisations.


Trustee opportunity

Bath City Farm are looking for an additional trustee to join the team, could that be you?

Find out more:

http://bathcityfarm.org.uk/were-looking-for-an-additional-trustee/


Want your volunteers to be happy?

Although volunteer participation has plateaued off in recent years, charities need volunteers more than ever. And many people, of all ages, want to volunteer.

Now could be the very best time to take a look at your volunteer program and spiff it up so that your volunteers will want to come and stay.

But volunteerism has changed and volunteer expectations have evolved. Today’s volunteers may seem more demanding, but they really should be. It’s no longer enough to just put out a generic call for volunteers and then treat them all alike once they show up. Volunteers expect to give in order to get something back.

A study from JoinInUK.org  pretty much sums up what volunteers want. The points from the study can be summed up with the word GIVERS. Here’s what those letters mean:

  1. G. Personal growth and well-being
  2. Increased sense of purpose, such as knowing just how they make a difference.
  3. V. Voice or how volunteers are asked to give their time.
  4. E. Easy to sign up, to get there, to get the job done.
  5. R. Recognition. Being thanked, appreciated, and celebrated.
  6. S. Social opportunities like making new friends and working on a team.

Here are ten ways to work all of those expectations into your volunteer program.

1:         Volunteers want you to be prepared for them.

Many of us at some point have worked in the temp world. A common experience is to be sent to an office to work only to find that the office is unprepared.  So you sit around trying to look busy when you are actually twiddling your thumbs. Don’t let this happen to your volunteers.

The temp worker, after all, needs the money and may put up with this, but your volunteers will see you as disorganized and inconsiderate. Don’t bring a volunteer in until you have everything worked out, from the job description to a place to work with proper equipment, to something to do immediately.

2:       Volunteers want to feel welcomed.

Act as though your volunteer is a guest in your home. Show him/her around. Introduce them to your staff and other volunteers, have your executive director drop by and say hello and thanks. Don’t let your volunteer feel uncomfortable for a minute. Show that your organisation is warm, friendly, helpful, and happy to see your volunteers.

Get a jump on that welcoming sense by recruiting volunteers as personally as possible. For instance, people respond more favorably when asked by someone they know, or when they have just donated, or when they are surrounded by others who volunteer. How can you work those kinds of asks into your volunteer recruitment?

3:         Volunteers want good training.

Even if the task assigned is a simple one, take the time to explain it, demonstrate it, and mentor the volunteer through the first few hours. Provide a buddy, another volunteer who is experienced, to help the new one.

When training a group of volunteers, be sure to use adult learning techniques such as group involvement. Volunteers don’t want to be lectured to. They want to participate in the training. Include in your training clear expectations for your volunteers. Let them know what the job entails and the quality measures that you will use to evaluate their work.

4:         Volunteers want to do interesting work.

Most volunteers are willing to roll their sleeves up and do physical labour as long as it is meaningful. But grunt work is out. Do not use volunteers to do the tasks your staff doesn’t want to do. Envelope licking, wheelchair pushing, and mindless filing do not appeal to current volunteers.

Think of your volunteers as extra staff who are capable of performing complex tasks that take advantage of their experience and skills. Provide leadership opportunities to those volunteers who are willing and have the time to shoulder more responsibility.

Do you interview each volunteer? That might not be possible for large-scale projects such as a one-day clean-up campaign or when a volunteer signs up to do a remote task online. But if you can, talk to volunteers to see what they are good at and would like to do. They will love you for your interest and for uncovering their passions and expertise.

5 : Volunteers want to know up front how much time the role will take.

Everyone is busier than ever, and many volunteers may only have time for short term assignments. Project-oriented, rather than ongoing, tasks seem to work particularly well.

Decide how much time your volunteering opportunity will need and include that when you publicise your volunteer position. Will it take 6 hours a week? Does it need to be done on a weekend? Do you need your volunteer for the summer, for a season? Does the volunteer need to be available from 2 to 4 p.m. during the week?

Provide lots of options so that you can appeal to millennial professionals, a busy mum or dad, or the retiree who has more time. Think about offering “alternative” opportunities, such as project-based family volunteering and even micro-volunteering and virtual opportunities.

6:         Volunteers want to be appreciated.

Tell your volunteers frequently that they are doing a good job.

Although you will want to come up with some creative ways to formally say thanks, don’t overlook the power of a simple gesture such as taking a group of volunteers to lunch, giving out gift cards, or posting a handwritten thank you note.

7:         Volunteers want you to communicate with them well and often.

Regular communication is motivating for volunteers while the lack of it is one of the chief reasons volunteers become dissatisfied. Volunteers like to have a particular person who looks after them.

If your organisation does not have a volunteer coordinator, be sure to assign someone to be the point person for your volunteers. Neglect can be deadly. A forgotten volunteer won’t return, and you may have lost a donor as well.

Be ready to listen to volunteers and respond to concerns immediately. Telephone them, have meetings, invite them to stop by your office, send info via social media, or email them regular updates or a volunteer newsletter.

8:       Volunteers want to know that they are helping to make the world a better place.

Let your volunteers know how they are making a difference.

Share success stories about your clients and programs. Bring volunteers up-to-date on progress toward your organisation’s goals. Let them see your work in action through tours, presentations on the issues by your experts, and by inviting them to provide suggestions about how your work can be done even better.

9:         Volunteers want to be socially connected.

Volunteering is a great way for many people to socialize, so provide the opportunity to do so. Become a matchmaker for friend making. If you think a couple of volunteers would get along famously, provide that opportunity by assigning them to do a particular job together.

Keep in mind that younger volunteers especially enjoy volunteering as a group, particularly with their work groups. Actively seek out companies that provide employer supported volunteer programs and plan opportunities that work well for them.

10:      Volunteers want to learn something new.

Anyone who is willing to volunteer for an organisation is likely to have a healthy curiosity and willingness to try new things. Indeed, many volunteers get involved with causes just so they can learn new skills or about interesting topics and issues.

Provide that opportunity. Turning your volunteer job into a mini educational experience will be highly valued by potential volunteers, and will likely result in some great referrals as your volunteers tell others about what a great experience they are having.


There are some great volunteering opportunities with Wild Walcot

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Recruiting magistrates now

Recruiting for magistrates to sit at courts across Bristol, Bath, Taunton, Weston super Mare and Yeovil is open. Visit: http://www.gov.uk/become-magistrate … for an application form & send applications to: Brenda.Saturley@Justice.gov.uk or Jade.Hamilton@Justice.gov.uk 

 

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