Let’s connect and see where we can go

Good morning.  I think that spring may be on the way, as the sun is finally shining in Brierley Hill.

I’m looking at re-running my popular training sessions – ‘Volunteers and the Law’ and ‘Tools to manage volunteers effectively’ – you can find our more info about the course content by following this link  If you would be interested in attending could you please drop me an email to eileen@dudleycvs.org.uk as I have to have a minimum of 10 attendees to make hiring a room worthwhile.  Normally we charge £10 for the ‘Volunteers and the Law’ which is a half day and £30 for the ‘Tools to manage volunteers’ as it’s a longer session and we need a more comfortable room [which costs a little more, but is better]

Also I am thinking of starting up a monthly catch up session for local volunteer managers and moving it around the borough. Nothing formal, just a catch up over a cuppa in Halesowen, Brierley Hill, Dudley and Stourbridge, so there would be three a year in each area, but anyone can come to any of them. I was thinking that if I moved it around people who would struggle to attend would hopefully have a local venue to come to. Do you think this is a good idea, helping volunteer managers feel more connected to other people in the same role?  Would you be interested in hosting a session? Please drop me an email to eileen@dudleycvs.org.uk

8 Ways to a Good Volunteer Manager Poker Face


volunteer manager poker face courtesy https://gratisography.com/

Yes, it’s true. We, volunteer managers cannot maintain a neutral expression when we hear a staff member tell a volunteer, “thanks for offering to help sweetie, but this is complicated.”

I can’t begin to count the number of times I’d catch someone watching my face during a meeting when a manager would be speaking and I’d be thinking, “yeah, our volunteer Andre told me you call volunteers ‘window dressing’.”

People would say to me, “ha, you have no poker face,” to which I’d scrunch up my nose and very cleverly respond, “oh yeah?” But they were right. I mean, how can we, volunteer managers actually keep a poker face when all those thoughts are rattling around inside our heads like “WHAT THE HECK IS A PARADIGM SHIFT ANYWAY?”

So, before you can’t stop yourself from busting out laughing when your supervisor says, “I think the volunteers will love…

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DSCB Stalking Training

Dudley (CYPF) Network

Please note there are a limited number of spaces still available for Stalking on Monday 18th March 9:00 – 4:00pm

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the session delegates will

  • Understand what constitutes stalking and harassment
  • Understand the importance of specialist risk assessment and intervention delivery
  • Understand the impact on victims
  • Understand criminal and civil law in relation to stalking and harassment
  • Know how to deliver a safe and effective response to victims and their families
  • Be able to construct a safety plan for a stalking victim and know where to refer them for support

If you are interested in booking on please enrol on the link below:


For more information on our other courses please visit: https://dudleysafeguarding.event-booking.org/events-list

Please note there are a limited number of spaces still available for Stalking on Monday 18th March 9:00 – 4:00pm

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the session delegates…

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OPP OF THE DAY: Social Group Helper, Royal Voluntary Service

Helping a small group of friendly and welcoming volunteers to put on a social day for older people in the community. We are looking for volunteers who can help:
– Serve Teas and coffees
– Chat to anyone who might be by themselves and make them feel welcome
– Help our team put on a quiz and raffle

Nene Close, Stourbridge, DY8 1RL

Once a month on Saturday between 11am-2pm.

Once a month.

Due to the vulnerable nature of our clients decisions in regard to taking on volunteers with convictions are made centrally after the activity and role have been risk assessed.

Access issues for disabled volunteers or volunteers with sensory impairment or learning disabilities:
Our services in Dudley are volunteer led and support vulnerable people, as such we cannot accept volunteers who would require special supervision or additional support.

Friendly, chatty and reliable.

FOR MORE INFO OR TO APPLY, please contact:

Abigail Hurrell
Email: abigail.hurrell@royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk