The Amirah Foundation is leading on an initiative to involve men in the campaign to stop the violence against women.

Dudley (CYPF) Network

We have branded this concept BRAVE – brothers against violence. 

The launch event has won the attention of our Cabinet Member for Transparency, Openness and Equality, Counsellor Waseem Zaffer  and is gaining momentum amongst our followers.

It will be facilitated by Alyas Karmani, an international speaker, who has years of experience working with perpetrators and engaging men in the fight to stop the violence.


Can you just imagine what an amazing campaign this would be with all of our organisations coming together?

If you are in, as well as attending could you please share this flyer on your social media pages and back the campaign publicly

I enclose 2 versions of the event marketing and a link to the event booking form on eventbrite:

I thank you in anticipation of your support and look forward to working closely on this and many future projects.

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CHADD are looking for a Foyer Support Worker (Activities) @WeAreBCR @CHADD1979

CHADDCHADD are currently recruiting a Support Worker (Activities) to join the team at one of our supported housing projects.  The position will be based within the On Route Foyer in Dudley, working with vulnerable young people aged between 16 and 25.

Duties will include working as part of the Foyer team to enable young people to access personal development, lifeskills training, educational development and vocational training & guidance.

The successful candidate will possess a relevant qualification or be experienced in delivering training, information and advice.  He/she will also have excellent communication skills, be enthusiastic and self motivated. An awareness of young people’s issues is essential.

This is a part time position, working 16 hours per week on average, to a shift rota.  The successful candidate will be required to work a range of shift times including days, evenings, weekends & bank holidays.

Pay scale SCP 11 – 17 (currently £8.12 – £9.28 per hour)

For a full job specification and application form, please email Angela Cockette – Support Services Coordinator: or telephone 01384 456465.

Closing date for receipt of applications is Monday 29th August 2016.

Seven Deadly Sins [6] Ingratitude @DudleyCVS @NCVOVolunteers #wiseupwednesdays

sds -6Our sixth sin INGRATITUDE is quite simply something that can make or break your relationship with your volunteers and affect your retention rates too.  There’s no secret to keeping volunteers, organisations who celebrate and value their volunteers are those who hang onto them!

I recently published a blog post entitled ‘a volunteer is for life and not just Volunteers Week’ so I’m not going to repeat myself and I hope you’ll find the previous post a useful read too.

Have you heard the saying?

The most precious thing you can give is your time

This is what volunteers are giving to your group or organisation, so saying ‘thank you’ for the time and commitment they give is important.  Why not thank them every time they come in as they are leaving.  It’s not much effort and the benefits are huge. As I’ve said before some volunteers don’t like a fuss, but a ‘thank you’ is simple good manners for their contribution.

I thought I would share some hints/tips on showing gratitude to your volunteers, which have been shared by organisations who hang onto their volunteers very successfully. These are all things which will demonstrate to your fabulous volunteers just how much you value their support.

  • Recognition
  • Gratitude
  • Getting to know them
  • Building a relationship
  • Responsibility
  • Support
  • Let them know what difference they make
  • Keep informed
  • Birthday and Christmas cards
  • Volunteer party
  • Volunteer meals
  • Regular volunteer meetings
  • Keep your promises
  • Managing expectations
  • Honesty
  • Promote what they do
  • Respect
  • Nominate for Volunteer Awards
  • Social events/activities

I need help!

The Volunteer Centre can help you with any area of good practice when involving volunteers, so please get in touch or 01384 573381 and ask for Eileen


OPP OF THE DAY: Branch Treasurer, The Multiple Sclerosis Society – Dudley District Branch

Why we need youms society
An estimated 100,000 people in the UK have MS. The MS Society supports people with MS through research, care and support. We aim to empower people affected by MS through information, emotional support and advice. We need volunteers to continue to support thousands of people across the UK.

What you could be doing
– Maintaining accurate and up-to-date accounting records for the branch
– Ensuring proper financial controls are established and complied with
– Act as one of the bank signatories
– Preparing and presenting relevant and regular financial reports to the committee
– Submitting annual audited or independently examined accounts to MS National Centre and any other financial reports as required
– Advising the branch committee on effective financial management, the proper use of branch funds and the financial implications of committee decisions in line with the constitution of the MS Society
– Taking the lead in planning and budgeting the branch’s finances with the rest of the branch committee
– Ensuring a smooth handover to the next Treasurer, as all documents and money are the property of the MS Society
– Ensuring the branch is claiming gift aid as appropriate

What skills, experience and abilities you need
– Book-keeping skills or experience of working with financial systems would be beneficial but training can be provided
– Accuracy and attention to detail
– Willing to work as part of a team

What you need
– Excellent communication skills in order to effectively share information with the branch
– Experience of using email, internet and Microsoft office packages
– Access to a PC or laptop

What the MS Society can offer you
– We will reimburse out-of-pocket expenses – such as lunch and travel – in line with the MS Society’s expenses policy
– An opportunity to develop new skills and build on existing ones
– A chance to meet new people and be part of a supportive and friendly team
– An Induction pack
– Treasurers’ induction course and Treasurers’ forums
– Support from the Finance Team at the MS National Centre in addition to support from the Branch Chair and local staff member

Learning and Development
– Core Learning
Welcome pack and induction into the MS Society

Time commitment
We are flexible about the hours and days you volunteer. We understand that you have other commitments and will work around you.

You will be volunteering at home and out and about in your local community

Young people and this role
You must be over 18 years of age to volunteer in this role

FOR MORE INFO OR TO APPLY please contact:

Lyndsay Smith

Seven Deadly Sins [5] Neglect @DudleyCVS @NCVOVolunteers #wiseupwednesdays

sds -5 Today’s deadly sin is NEGLECTLeaving volunteers to their own devices is not a good thing and you need to keep communication channels open!

Volunteers are all unique and absolutely wonderful, and I am sure you have volunteers who are independent and happy to get on with things, whilst others need more support.

There is a real danger in not building a relationship with volunteers and keeping in contact with them though, as sometimes they may have queries, or they may be doing something they shouldn’t?

Here’s a cautionary tale!

A couple of years ago, an organisation running two busy day centres had a sudden pattern of volunteers leaving from one of the centres [in fact they lost 12 volunteers over a 4 month period]. Some long-serving volunteers were leaving, whilst new volunteers were starting and not staying, simply walking away.

The Volunteer Co-ordinator for the charity, who was also the Chief Exec was puzzled. They just didn’t have time to do regular support sessions with the volunteers, so assumed that as the volunteers didn’t contact them everything was fine. Volunteers suddenly leaving in droves was completely unexpected.  They could not see that volunteers leaving was in any way their fault!  

My comments that it would have been good to arrange some kind of support process, if only having a chat on the phone once a month, went down like a lead balloon. They were adamant that the volunteers leaving couldn’t possibly be their fault, it was
“the volunteers’ fault as they were unreliable and not prepared to make a commitment”. This despite the fact that two volunteers had been there for over 15 years since the centre first opened!

Apparently one of their longer serving volunteers had been bullying the other volunteers and rather than make a fuss, they just left.  It only came to light as one of the volunteers was someone I had sent there and their mother was incensed about the treatment her daughter had received, at the hands of the bully.  On investigation and talking to some of the clients, apparently they were frightened of the long-serving volunteer too and if they dared ask for something such as a cuppa and it wasn’t coffee time, they were given a good talking to.

The Volunteer Co-ordinator refuted the allegations against the alleged bully, refusing to dismiss the volunteer causing the trouble, as they had been there for years and tellingly, locked and unlocked the centre for them each day, saving them coming in to work early!  They were in denial that any kind of misbehaviour had been going on and fortunately, the centres are now run by another charity, who are keen to do things properly with their volunteers. 

This is the inherent danger of not keeping an eye on what is going on with your volunteers and making yourself accessible. It may be that you give them an email address or mobile number, as it’s better to keep communication channels open and nip any potential issues in the bud, than lose a volunteer or volunteers!

Here are some benefits to support/supervision for both the volunteers and the organisation.

Benefits for volunteers

  • Makes them feel included
  • Helps build their confidence
  • Check whether they are doing things well
  • Give them the opportunity to ask questions and express their opinions
  • Help them develop skills
  • Retention
  • Keeps them up to date with what’s happening, changes etc.
  • Makes them feel important
  • Find out if there are any problems
  • Identify their training needs if appropriate
  • Making sure the role is right for them
  • Offers them opportunity to change their roles

Benefits for the organisation

  • Access funding
  • Helps efficiency – both sides happy
  • Helps prevent issues/problems
  • Help find out what skills your volunteer has got
  • Help you define new roles/new projects
  • Help you adhere mission and objectives
  • Help you deliver a good service for customers
  • Help enhance your service including your clients
  • Helps with recruitment – positive image
  • Sustainability
  • Helps with community representation/diversity
  • Offers clients opportunity to volunteer
  • Helps you find out what’s going on ‘on the ground’

I need help!

The Volunteer Centre can help you with any area of good practice when involving volunteers, so please get in touch or 01384 573381 and ask for Eileen