Information & Support for Voluntary and Community Sector Groups

Welcome to John Storer Charnwood’s VCS page.  Here you will find everything you need to help you run your VCS group in Charnwood.

To a large extent the content of this page will be driven by you; we want to hear your news and views, successes and failures.

It sounds obvious, but if Charnwood VCS shares its knowledge and experience as much as possible, we will all benefit. There is also some scope for sharing resources – so watch this space for news on that.

So, if you excel at something or you’ve got specialist expertise you’d like to share with everyone else, let’s get it out there.

Equally though, if you have a problem or you’re struggling with a particular issue, let us know and chances are between us we’ll come up with a solution.

To contribute to the John Storer Charnwood VCS page or if  you have any queries or problems contact us on vcs@johnstorercharnwood.org.uk.

VCS NEWS

Read on for the latest news affecting the Voluntary and Community Sector.  Here you will find upcoming events, updates about funding or best practice or changes in the law pertaining to VCS groups.  If you have an event coming up, or you’ve seen something in the press that you would like to share with the rest of the VCS in Charnwood, please contact us on vcs@johnstorercharnwood.org.uk.

Voluntary Action LeicesterShire has several useful pages regarding the setting up, developing and running of a VCS group.  The following links take you to the resources sections of the various guides which include templates you can use and adapt.

http://www.valonline.org.uk/1-introduction-resources-policies-and-procedures

There are sections devoted to governance, involving and managing volunteers, equality & diversity, health & safety, data protection, financial management and complaints and all include templates.  We also have a section below devoted to involving volunteers in your organisation.

You will probably not need all of the VAL information, but it’s good to have a look.  If you think you’ve got a better way of doing things or a more useful template for something, let us know and we’ll endeavour to put it on this website.

TRAINING FOR VCS GROUPS

John Storer Charnwood provides a varied programme of training aimed at staff, volunteers and trustees of VCS groups.  If we don’t offer it, we probably know someone who does.  If your VCS group can offer training to others, or you’re looking for something not listed here contact us on vcs@johnstorercharnwood.org.uk.

This is the training available at John Storer Charnwood up until the end of 2017, plus a selection of courses available elsewhere:

JSC Training (PDF)

There are a number of courses we are able to run throughout the year.  These include: Emergency First Aid at Work, First Aid Awareness, QA Level 1 Award in Fire Safety Awareness, QA Level 2 Award in Fire Safety (QCF), Level 2 Food Safety – Catering, Health and Safety Awareness, Principles of Manual Handling, Confidentiality and Boundaries.

If you would like more information on course content or length or you would like to register your employees/trustees/volunteers for any of these courses, please contact us and we’ll let you know the first available dates.  Contact vcs@johnstorercharnwood.org.uk for details.

There are also courses available at https://www.theskillsnetwork.com/ which can be carried out online, can be paper-based or a combination of both and may be in conjunction with local colleges.  Some of these may carry government funding if your organisation is eligible.

For the latest news on training, please take a look at the links below.

http://www.valonline.org.uk/laura-centre-releases-new-training-programme

INVOLVING VOLUNTEERS IN YOUR GROUP

INVOLVING VOLUNTEERS IN YOUR GROUP

If you aim to or already involve volunteers in your group, check out our advice, guides and links below.  From templates for forms to formats for policies and procedures you’ll find links to everything you need here.  If you would like to advertise your volunteering opportunity with us, please fill in the form at the bottom of the page.

www.valonline.org,uk has plenty of advice for organisations wishing to involve volunteers in their group, including a basic guide:

http://www.valonline.org.uk/sites/www.valonline.org.uk/files/val_involving_volunteers_guidance.pdf

Also, in the introduction there’s a good guide to creating an “Involving Volunteers Plan”. This would be particularly useful for smaller groups that do not necessarily need a full-blown policy:

http://www.valonline.org.uk/introduction-involving-volunteers/volunteering-policy

The application and interview forms are also particularly useful:

Interview PDF

Application PDF

Likewise, NCVO has some good information to download free of charge, such as how to write a volunteer role description:

https://knowhownonprofit.org/people/volunteers/recruiting/writing

Also something you should be considering before you even begin to involve volunteers is the issue of safeguarding.  Some useful guidance here:

https://knowhownonprofit.org/people/volunteers/keeping/safeguarding-volunteers

If you have any questions about how to go about involving volunteers in your organisation, please email us at vcs@johnstorercharnwood.org.uk.  If you have tips or advice, how to do it (or not) to share, contact us and we’ll share it with the wider VCS in Charnwood.

VCS FORUMS

Our VCS Forum meets quarterly.  Each meeting is organised around a theme with time allocated for networking.  We are also looking to organise less formal networking sessions.  The success and vibrancy of this Forum depends on YOU!  We would also like to take the Forum on the road in 2018, so if you would be willing to host a meeting please let us know.  If you have any suggestions for topics for future meetings, or would like to join the email list contact us at: vcs@johnstorercharnwood.org.uk

The next VCS Forum will be on Thursday 26th October.  It will be longer than usual as the topics we are tackling are big ones – Emergency planning within your organisation & How could you help during a wider emergency or community disaster?

We have a speaker from Charnwood Borough Council and the Resilience Partnership who will outline CBC’s responsibilities in an emergency and how they go about contingency planning.

If you would like to attend the Forum please us at the above email address.

Please use the form below to contact us with your volunteering opportunity:

Availability Weekday

Availability Weekend