OPP OF THE DAY: Drivers, Black Country Foodbank

– The volunteer will need to be 25 years of age or over
– Hold a full clean driving licence
– Be able to load and unload the van
– Be able to undertake general warehouse duties.

FOR MORE INFO OR TO APPLY please contact:

Jen Coleman
Office Manager
Email: admin@blackcountryfoodbank.org.uk
Tel: 01384 671250
Website: www.blackcountryfoodbank.org.uk

So how will you say THANK YOU to your volunteers? #volunteersweek

Dale preferred image DSCF0122 croppedI hope you have enjoyed my blog posts and are now buzzing with ideas on how to value your volunteers and make sure they stay.  I’ve included below a link to the whole ‘A volunteer is for life and not just Volunteers Week’ guide for you and please do share any news about events, even better if there are photos with me, so I can share on the blog.

Don’t forget we are offering free Valued Volunteer certificates for any volunteer-involving group in the Dudley borough. Here’s Dale with the certificates and you can contact him on dale@dudleycvs.org.uk to arrange to collect some from the office.  There’s even a Word template, so you can personalise them on your printer.

A volunteer is for life not just Volunteers Week

OPP OF THE DAY: Community Volunteers, Mary Stevens Hospice

Description:Mary stevens
Mary Stevens Hospice is recruiting and training a team of Community Volunteers to support patients and their informal carers in their own homes. Volunteers will offer companionship and support to patients or carers, enhancing their quality of life.
Volunteers will only visit patients who are known to the Macmillan Specialist Care at Home team based at Mary Stevens Hospice. Risk assessments will be in place, and volunteers will only be asked to visit patients where there are no known risks in terms of people, environment or pets.

Community Volunteers tasks:
– Visit patients and carers at home at agreed times
– Talk to the patients about everyday topics and the patients’ interests and hobbies.
– Offer companionship and emotional support to patients and carers.
– Practical support to patients in their crafts or hobbies as required.
– Prepare drinks, snacks or light meals in accordance with food hygiene guidelines (training will be provided)
– Practical help with small household chores, for example, loading washing machine, shopping
– Sitting with patients to enable carers to have time to relax or to go out of the house
– Complete a brief report of the support provided after each home visit

Community Volunteers will not: provide nursing or personal care and they will not offer counselling or advice.

Community Volunteers skills and attributes needed for this role:
– Friendly and approachable
– Good communicator
– Enthusiasm to meet new people and facilitate conversations
– Confidence to visit patients and carers in their own homes
– Understanding of the importance of confidentiality
– Awareness of procedures for safeguarding adults training provided
– Willingness and flexibility to support patients who have a range of care needs
– Support for Mary Stevens Hospice policies and procedures – training will be provided

What we can offer to Community Volunteers:
– An opportunity to make a direct difference in someone’s life
– Personal benefits – develop skills and gain new experiences
– Travel expenses reimbursed
– Training and support – a thorough training programme, support and supervision throughout your time as a Community Volunteer
– Recognition and feedback

What we ask of Community Volunteers:
– To provide details of referees who can complete references
– Completion of an enhanced disclosure and barring service (DBS) check
– Attendance at all elements of the core training
– To operate within Mary Stevens Hospice policies and procedures
– To make a regular commitment to volunteer for 12 months

FOR MORE INFO OR TO APPLY please contact:

Christine Wheale
Community Volunteer Services Co-ordinator
Tel: 01384 321523 / 443010
Email: christine.wheale@marystevenshospice.co.uk
Website: www.marystevenshospice.co.uk

OPP OF THE DAY: Interview Panel Member, DACHS

Description:dudley mbc
To be a member of an interview panel (volunteer plus 2 other members of staff) to interview applicants for Dudley Council Apprenticeship Academy.

We are looking to take apprentices onto the scheme 3 times per year. The apprentice applicants will be interviewed to assess their suitablility for the scheme and members of the panel will be required to ask questions of the applicants, make notes of their responses and then in consultation with the other panel members decide on whether to offer the applicant an opportunity to join the scheme. Interview dates are anticipated to be held quarterly over 1-2 days.

Good communication skills, team player, telephone communication skills, flexible, not judgemental of people, confidentiality, IT skills, previous interview experience desirable however training will be given. Commitment to undertake recruitment and selection training.

FOR MORE INFO OR TO APPLY please contact:

Tina Farnell
Principal HR Officer
Tel: 01384 817217
Email: tina.farnell@dudley.gov.uk

Recognising and rewarding the work of volunteers #volunteersweek

This excellent guidance is taken from Volunteer Centre Brighton’s Volunteering Good Practice Guide: 

  • Remember a volunteer’s name, and use it when you greet them
  • Don’t forget to say ‘thank you’
  • Be interested in their personal lives and problems
  • Celebrate major achievements – perhaps with an award ceremony to which you invite prominent local people
  • Ensure they have a way of taking part in the decision making processes
  • Ask them to make presentations at meetings
  • Offer training and progression
  • Bring food to volunteers meetings
  • Nominate them for community awards
  • Mention volunteers input at meetings, in the Annual Report, in your newsletter on your website
  • Remember their birthdays and send them a card
  • If they need equipment to carry out their role make sure it works and it is as up to date as you can afford
  • Keep a file of specific accomplishments so that you can use the facts when needed
  • Use special days – Volunteers’ Week & Make a Difference Day’ to publicise their work and time put in
  • Organise a social event, outing or party to say thank you


Key points

  • Make sure any way you choose of recognising and rewarding fits the type of achievement and the volunteer concerned – make it personal and meaningful
  • Be honest and sincere – most people can see through superficial praise
  • Be consistent and fair – don’t have different rules for different people
  • Make sure the paid staff are fully aware of how important volunteers are to your organisation and ensure they have some training in managing volunteers


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 The Volunteering Good Practice Guide is produced by the Volunteer Centre, Brighton and Hove, a project of Impetus Web development provided by SCIP

Small Charities Week Big Advice Day activities – Big Advice Day Drop-in – Brierley Hill, 2pm-5pm @SCWeek2015

Dudley borough charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises will have the chance to get free guidance from Dudley CVS, ask questions or share experiences on a range of topics including:

Starting and developing an organisation

  • Legal structures and compliance
  • Asset transfer and development
  • Policies and procedures
  • Funding and fundraising
  • Finance and accounting
  • Marketing and communications
  • Planning and monitoring

The event will be staffed by at least 2 members of staff who support organisations on all of these topics on a daily basis. You will have the opportunity to book follow-up one-to-one sessions if you would like more time and further support.

Alternatively, you can receive virtual support by contacting us in a number of ways:

Facebook – facebook.com/CVSDudley

Twitter – @dudleyCVS

Blog – www.dudleycvsblog.com

Phone – 01384 573381

Email: admin@dudleycvs.org.uk