Horrors! Can a Volunteer Manager Say No?


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Carlos took a deep breath and regarded Marty, a long term volunteer who stood before him. “Mr. Jansen really wants to visit his son in Philadelphia.” Marty said. “It’s only a four hour trip from here and I don’t mind taking him. We can do it in a day.”

Carlos thought about the organizational policies, trying to recall one that forbid volunteers from driving clients on long trips. “I’m not sure that’s such a good idea, Marty,” he said. “I really don’t know if we should do this.”

Leadership is about doing the right thing, even if it is the hardest thing to do personally and even if it puts you on the spot. As leaders of volunteers, we are faced with doing the right thing every day. We must weigh the right thing for our organizations, for our volunteers, for our vulnerable clients, for…

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Early Help Workshops

Dudley (CYPF) Network

Following the recent launch of Dudley’s Thresholds document DSCB is offering a number of workshops which will enable participants to be able to understand and work with the DSCB Threshold guidance.

This training is mandatory for all staff within the children’s workforce.

Levels of need and risk, as well as types of intervention, will be considered through the exploration of case studies.  All those working with children and families will be assisted with the practicalities of assessment and how to refer through to the appropriate level of support. The session will also cover:

  • Why we need a threshold
  • Categories linked to Threshold
  • How to make a referral at the appropriate level
  • What should be included in a referral
  • Professional judgement
  • Stepping up and down process

Please see available dates and locations below.

14 May 2018 1.30-4.30 Dudley Archives, Tipton Rd, Dudley DY1 4SQ
14 June 2018 1.30-4.30 Saltwells EDC, Bowling Green…

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Wolverhampton’s “WhoseShoes” workshop

As part of their commitment to engaging women and their families in the transformation of maternity services across the Black Country, the The Black Country and West Birmingham Sustainable Transformation Programme (STP) are holding a free ‘Whose Shoes’ event, to listen to the voices of women and explore potential options and solutions in the design and development of maternity services.

So if you’re a new mum or mum-to-be living in the Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall or Wolverhampton, we hope that you’ll be able to attend, to share your views, experiences or ideas.

If you’ve recently had a baby or are pregnant, this is your opportunity to play a part in shaping your local maternity services and have your say on changes within maternity services that you’d like to see, based on your own thoughts and experiences.

The “WhoseShoes” workshop is on Tuesday 17th July 2018, from 10:00 – 14:00, at the Grand Station Conference Centre, on Sun Street in Wolverhampton.

The free event will give everyone the opportunity to hear first-hand the experiences of women in a fun and informal setting and to work together to shape local services.

Children are welcome, and refreshments/lunch is included, but PLEASE NOTE booking is essential prior to the event via https://tinyurl.com/y83sohhz or by calling 01922 603062

If you would like to know more about the Whose Shoes events, please visit the link http://nutshellcomms.co.uk/ or you can follow on Facebook and Twitter #MatvoicesBC #whoseshoes #MatExp

For any enquiries about the event please email ccgcomms@walsall.nhs.uk