My week working at Dudley CVS

Thanks for sharing this post and Evie was such a Star, even tackling the more mundane but essential tasks. A simply outstanding young lady. Can’t wait to share her photos on

Dudley CVS blog

At Dudley CVS we’re passionate about nurturing young people to develop their skills and experience a possible future career path. Last week we had the pleasure of meeting Evie Colesby, a work experience student, who spent a week working with our teams at Dudley CVS. It was great to have such an enthusiastic self-starter on board and an extra pair of hands in the lead up to our AGM and Volunteer Awards! Here’s what Evie thought about her time at Dudley CVS…

“Early last year I was told by my school that I had to try and find work experience for a week in October. Typically, most of my class left it to their parents or our teacher to organise. However, I sat down with my parents and we spoke about what I was potentially interested in doing with my life. It’s such an overwhelming prospect, a 14 year old trying to decipher…

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Volunteers are FREE aren’t they? @DudleyCVS #wiseupwednesdays #volmgttoolkit

Many organisations involve volunteers as they see them as ‘free’, but in practice this simply isn’t the case.

Although volunteers give their time freely, there are resources that need to be factored into any volunteer-involving organisation and they aren’t all financial! This section of the Volunteer Management Toolkit looks at this to ensure you have considered all elements of involving volunteers and have the right measures in place.

Sample questions include:

  • Is there someone responsible for the volunteers in your organisation?
  • Do they have relevant experience and knowledge?
  • Is there adequate space and equipment available for volunteers?
  • Is there a budget set aside to support volunteers e.g. expenses?

For more information about the Volunteer Management Toolkit, please visit or contact Eileen at the Volunteer Centre on

OPP OF THE DAY: Lunch Club Volunteer, Break Away

Break Away is a new opportunity for older people to meet new friends, enjoy lunch and take part in some social activities.

It is a Break Away for people from the social isolation and loneliness that many older people face today.
Break Away is also intended to give carers a Break Away from some of their commitments or just to have some quality time for themselves. However, as we recognise that people often want to do things together, there is also the option for carers to come to the club as well.


About the role (Lunch Club Volunteer):

To socialise with older people and assist with their activities.

Assistance with serving lunches and refreshments.

Some light kitchen work.

Skills required:
Sense of humour
Communication skills

Jenny Bates