Legacy Training Day for local associations and charities from Dudley borough

dudley bsocLegacy Training Day on 9th October

The event is in partnership with the Institute of Fundraising West Midlands and is an opportunity for local associations and charities to understand Legacies better and how they can work for them.

Some may already have a Legacy plan and would like to learn more about how they could work better, other may want to know how to get started.

We have guest speakers from Institute of Fundraising who will cover the question of ‘Why Legacies?’ and ‘Setting up a Legacy Campaign from scratch’.  We will also have other specialists on hand to answer any specific questions.

As a rough running order to the day please see the following:

9:00 – speakers/organisers meet

9:30 – welcome delegates

9:45 – Intro from DBS

10:00 – Why Legacies? Why Now?

11:00 – Coffee Break

11:15 – Setting Up A Legacy Campaign

12:30 – Brief Q&A

12:45 – Lunch & networking

2:00 – Legacies in Practice (Fluid workshop session that could either have charities bring their legacy plans or have in depth Q&A with speakers, DCVS & Solicitors)

Places are limited so if any interested parties can book their place by emailing marketing@dudleybuildingsociety.co.uk

Leigh White

Marketing and Communications Manager

Dudley Building Society

Direct Dial: 01384  489169

Mobile:  07811 143871

Fax:  0871 895 2789

Web:  www.dudleybuildingsociety.co.uk

Twitter: @DudleyBS

Confessions and Connections

Dudley CVS Volunteer Centre:

Another thought-provoking post from Meridian. Had to share :)

Originally posted on volunteerplaintalk:

tinkertoySometimes our view of the volunteer world can be shaken. We read that a volunteer harmed a vulnerable person. We find that a volunteer was hiding a checkered past or we observe a volunteer behaving in an unseemly manner.
We send a volunteer out to do a good job and when we hear nothing to the contrary, we assume that everything is rolling along smoothly, because everyone realizes the worth of a volunteer and will welcome that volunteer, right? At least we hope it happens that way until we hear a confession sometime later…
Kaya, a hospice volunteer coordinator was speaking to a former volunteer, Jayne. Jayne has been battling a chronic illness that prevents her from volunteering but, when healthy, was one of the most called upon and successful patient volunteers.
In between all the catching up, Kaya and Jayne chatted about a few of Jayne’s favorite assignments and…

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Fixers – Young People Making a Difference

Fixers are the UK’s No1 Charity that give Young People a voice, and the opportunity to make a difference in the communities they live in.

Fixers are young people using their past to fix the future. They are motivated by personal experience to make positive change for themselves and those around them.

Fixers have different backgrounds, interests and life experiences, and come from every corner of the UK, but they do have several important things in common.

They are motivated by a desire to act on an issue that is important to them or a strong desire to help other people.

They also have a voice that they want to be heard, whether that’s on eating disorders, drugs, offending, cyberbullying or any other issue that is concerning them. Becoming a Fixer allows that to happen.

Fixers choose the issue they want to fix and, using the skills of a team of creative experts, they work out how to make sure their message is heard by the right people, whether that’s through a unique film, a leaflet or poster campaign, a website, an event or workshop.

Anyone can become a Fixer. You can fix anything you like – as long as you benefit at least one other person.

Volunteers need to be aged 16-25.

There are roles/tasks available for wheelchair users, disabled volunteers or volunteers with a sensory impairment or learning disability.

Opportunities through Fixers are fully funded, meaning that money should not be an issue for anyone wanting to get involved with Fixers.

– Commitment
– Something they want to Fix
– Have had a personal experience they want to share
– Someone that is looking to have their voice heard


Wesley Erpen
Young People’s Coordinator
Tel: 07436 264053
Email: wesley@fixers.org.uk
Website: www.fixers.org.uk

Canal & River Trust require Waterborne Taskforce Volunteers

Volunteers, your local canal needs you!canal
Modern day volunteer lock keepers play an integral part in the visitor experience including assisting boaters to operate the locks, providing a friendly welcome to dog walkers, ramblers, cyclists, wildlife enthusiasts and families feeding the ducks – and with growing numbers of visitors to our waterways every year, who know who you might see.

Do you fancy joining our waterborne taskforce volunteers to work from a boat, helping to keep our beloved canals clean and tidy?

Canal & River Trust are looking to do regular rubbish sweeps from a boat on YOUR local canal and are looking for a dedicated team of volunteers to help us with it.
If you think you could be part of this dedicated team and can spare a little time each month to enhance our canals then why not come along.

FOR MORE INFO OR TO APPLY please contact:

Tel: 0303 040 4040
Email: customer.services@canalrivertrust.org.uk
Website: http://canalrivertrust.org.uk/volunteering

Questions to ask before you involve volunteers

checklistSo you’re thinking of recruiting some volunteers? Here’s a useful checklist to run through before you actually put the advert out there, taken from Guidelines on Managing Volunteers

  • Why are you recruiting volunteers?
  • Is the organisation at all levels in favour of volunteers – are there any worries over redundancies, job substitutions, falls in standard, role conflict etc.?
  • Have you a budget for volunteers?  Is it based on realistic costings?
  • Do similar organisations you know involve volunteers?  What is their experience?
  • Have you looked at legal implications, confidentiality and safety?
  • Are there specific problems that volunteers may face, e.g. safety or health risk, liability for giving wrong advice?
  • Volunteers bring new dimensions, new skills and enthusiasm.  Can your organisation cope with change?
  • Have you allocated staff or existing volunteers, such as your Trustees,
  • Time to manage volunteers long-term and in the start-up phase?  (Ideally the role of volunteer co-ordinator should be undertaken by a single member of staff for continuity).
  • Will your staff (volunteer co-ordinator) require further training for the role?
  • Have you estimated the staff time required and cost to train and manage volunteers?
  • Have you sufficient space available and sufficient equipment etc. to accommodate volunteers?
  • How will the client group react to volunteer involvement – ask them?
  • Have you thought about your volunteer policy and what will be included within it?
  • Have you taken specialist advice (contacted your own national headquarters etc and your local Volunteer Centre?)

Black Country Neurological Alliance require a newsletter and social media coordinator

Opportunity Description:


8,000,000 people live with a neurological condition in the UK . Every one of them shares the uncertainty of life with living with a long term health condition. In the Black Country one in six people are affected, our aim is to ensure that there is access to information, support and services that will enable people to have a good quality of life.

Could you coordinate the production of a regular newsletter and promote the activities of the Black Country Neurological Alliance (BCNA) through social media?

We are looking for someone who can design, produce and edit at least two newsletters a year with the support of the group.

We would also like you to stablish a close working relationship with local and national contacts using social media (Facebook and Twitter) to ensure best communication practice and publicity across all media) and respond to requests for information.

Please get in touch for an informal chat to find out more.


- Good IT skills and access to a PC
– Good communication skills, particularly written
– Willing to work as part of a team
– An excellent knowledge of social media including Twitter and Facebook

FOR MORE INFO OR TO APPLY please contact:

Jo Scott
Email: JoScott@mssociety.org.uk
Tel: 020 8438 0871