Volunteers and the Law: Do you employ your volunteers? Do they sign contracts? If so, this course is for you @DudleyCVS

  • 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

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

BOOK HERE

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COST FOR THIS TRAINING

There is a charge of £20 per person for this training, which includes training materials, resource CD and tea/coffee.  Dudley groups attract a discount.  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.

 

Back in Brierley Hill with a Social Media Surgery

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bhill-sms-001Thanks to a warm invitation from the fab Caroline Salter, we’re bringing October’s Social Media Surgery to Brierley Hill. It will be on Thursday 13 October, from 2pm. You can register here.

Caroline is the office manager for Dudley Federation of Tenants and Residents Associations, and is doing great work supporting tenants and residents groups across the borough to use social media to communicate, engage, find relevant information and share their achievements. Caroline came along to Stourbridge Social Media Surgery in April to explore ways of getting more efficient at finding and sharing useful online content.

She returned in July as a surgeon offering help, and supported a volunteer from Dudley MIND to set up a blog using WordPress, and showed him how she was using Buffer for her work. They also shared tips and ideas about contacts, not just social media – which is one of the brilliant things about social media…

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A Tiny Open Online Course for someone like you

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If you’re reading our blog it’s likely that you are involved in some way in a community group, social enterprise, voluntary organisation, social movement, public sector organisation or funding organisation. In which case this Tiny Open Online Course from Organization Unbound and the Barefoot Guide Connection is designed for you! I think it’s quite different from the support which Dudley CVS offers face to face, which is why it felt worth sharing.

Seeding Change from Within will cover four themes across four weeks in October. Each invites you to explore ways in which your group or organisation’s internal ways of working are (or aren’t) aligned with your social change goals, in a light and enjoyable way.

The course will run through Facebook. If you sign up, each weekday over the four weeks you will receive an email inviting you to engage with the ‘learning nugget’ for that day- in the form of a…

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Patchwork Quilt or Fluffy Comforter?

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“That is the ugliest thing I’ve ever seen,” Raelinn huffed as she stared at the cacophony of colors and fabrics hanging before her eyes. “I mean, who would ever think that was art?”

Her best friend, Edna, slowed her pace and was at first taken aback. This quilt, entry #37, was indeed a mess. Irregular shapes, jumbled colors and materials ran every which way over the body of the cover, rendering it a shreeking noise in a choir of lilting quilt voices. But as she peered closer, she noticed a cat with an umbrella on a powder blue patch that had come from a baby blanket. She scanned the oddness and found another sort of large circular patch that must have been an old stained t-shirt from a wine tasting trip. It proclaimed, “Wine Not?” There was a somber black piece of cloth next to a tattered lace collar with…

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