Linking volunteers to the right opportunities is what we do, but don’t just take our word for it. Why not ask @DCTTrips

Helping an organisation and a volunteer build a great relationship is something we love to do, and also helping to ensure that people who manage volunteers have access to a wide range of appropriate support.  This lovely story from Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust has been featured in this year’s Dudley CVS Annual Report, so we thought we would share it with you.  Why not see how we can help you support and recruit the right volunteers?  We hope you enjoy Becci and Ben’s video stories here

Planning an event? Not sure where to start and need some help? We have the ultimate Event Fairy looking for a new challenge.

This year we were very fortunate to have an AMAZING local lady volunteer to help organise this year’s Dudley Volunteer Awards, beavering away behind the scenes doing all the boring but essential jobs to make the evening a great success.

Poppy lives in Dudley and is currently doing an Event Management Course and wants to build her CV with lots of practical experience to hone her skills.  She’s offering to support local not-for-profit groups who are organising events in any way she can, helping with planning and logistics, not physically rattling tins!

Poppy can give you the most valuable thing you need … her time and enthusiasm (which is boundless!)  We can most heartily recommend her skills, commitment and passion to make your event a huge success.

You can get in touch by dropping her an email to:

popiserdari@yahoo.com

Resting on Nonprofit Laurels

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Resting on Non-Profit Laurels courtesy of gratisography.com

I don’t remember the date, but I remember the conversation. It was the first time I’d heard the word “competition” in relation to volunteer organizations. I was in a community meeting and nonprofit experts were discussing the impact of a newly formed non-profit in the area.

“They’ll be looking for the same resources,” one expert said.

“Yes, we now have competition,” another added.

Huh, competition. That’s one way to look at it. But here’s the kicker statement from the CEO of one of the established titan organizations. It’s a statement that stuck with me. “I wouldn’t worry too much, because we’ve been in this community for years and the public knows us and knows we care.”

I might add that the start-up organization did very well.

Do established nonprofits have a monopoly on compassion? Or on knowledge on how to solve societal challenges? I have always suspected…

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Are you clued up about the legal aspects of involving volunteers @DudleyCVS #wiseupwednesdays

vols+law1Volunteers and the Law Training

Have you ever asked the following?

  • Do volunteers have the same rights as employees?
  • Health and safety doesn’t apply to volunteers does it?
  • Do your volunteers sign a contract?
  • Are you aware how easy it is to create a contract with volunteers?vols+law2

 

Many volunteer-involving organisations are not aware of the legal implications when working with volunteers. Our session aims to dispel myths and clarify your legal responsibilities. We also use actual case studies where volunteers have taken organisations to court, to help demonstrate bad practice when involving volunteers.

 

We aim to give participants:

  • An understanding of how current legislation has implications for volunteers and volunteer involving organisations.vols+law3
  • Knowledge of good practice recommendations relating to the management of volunteers.
  • Participants will also have the opportunity to plan for their own organisation in terms of how legislation affects management of their own volunteers.

As there’s quite a lot of ‘heavy’ information, we deliver the session in sections and there are activities to break up the training, so it’s not all ‘death by Powerpoint’

 

Are you aware how easy it is to create a contract with volunteers?

To book please click on this link

Description

  • Do volunteers have the same rights as employees?
  • Health and safety doesn’t apply to volunteers does it?
  • Do your volunteers sign a contract?
  • Are you aware how easy it is to create a contract with volunteers?

Many volunteer-involving organisations are not aware of the legal implications when working with volunteers. Our session aims to dispel myths and clarify your legal responsibilities. We also use actual case studies where volunteers have taken organisations to court, to help demonstrate bad practice when involving volunteers.

What will the session cover?

  • What a volunteer is and when someone is not a volunteer
  • Who can or cannot volunteer and conditions that may apply
  • How current legislation has implications for volunteers and volunteer involving organisations
  • Identifying volunteers’ rights and the responsibilities of organisations when involving volunteers
  • Taking steps to avoid creating employment conditions with volunteers
  • Evaluating a legal case study and discuss the likely outcome

Times

We suggest arrival from 09:00 for a prompt start at 09:15-09:30. We estimate we will be finished by 13:30.

We will also give you

  • resources with lots of sample documents/information sheets etc
  • copy of Volunteer Management Good Practice Toolkit
  • ongoing support from the Volunteer Centre

Cost for this training

There is a charge of £10 per person for this training, which includes training materials, resource CD and tea/coffee. Unfortunately we need to make a small charge to cover room hire and refreshments and hope you understand. We have endeavoured to keep this to a minimum.