SUPPORT FOR VOLUNTARY AND COMMUNITY SECTOR GROUPS

TRAINING FOR VCS GROUPS

Please see below for details of our latest training programmes. If you have training requirements that are not met below, would like more information or want to be added to our mailing list please contact harry@jscharnwood.org.uk

TALKS AT JOHN STORER HOUSE

We are planning to develop a programme of talks/presentations on ways to help and understand people experiencing specific issues in the community. For example, supporting people with Dementia, or people experiencing distress. The talks would be introductory and aimed at those working in public facing roles.

We need your help to devise this programme! We will be sending a survey to all VCS organisations to find out where you may need help supporting people.

VAL and VCS Support

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.

Advice and resources |
Free advice and resources for charities
(valonline.org.uk)

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.

INVOLVING VOLUNTEERS IN YOUR GROUP

Below there is information on policies and procedures for how best to include volunteers, and how to advertise your volunteer opportunities

VAL has plenty of advice for organisations wishing to involve volunteers in their group, including a basic guide:

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:

The application and interview forms are also particularly useful:

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

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:

safeguarding-volunteers

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

If you would like more volunteers in your organisation you can register and set up an account with VAL to advertise your organisation’s volunteer opportunities with them online. 

Recruit volunteers/Advertise volunteering opportunities.

JSC offers a two-day training course on Managing Volunteers. We also aim to develop this web page to advertise volunteer opportunities for other organisations in Charnwood. If you would like to advertise your opportunity in this way, please email harry@jscharnwood.org.uk

If you have any queries about how JSC can help support your VCS organisation, please email harry@jscharnwood.org.uk

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