 Do you think you need to update your volunteer management systems?  Have you suddenly acquired volunteer management responsibilities and don’t know where to start? @DudleyCVS

Whatever your needs, our special full day session on volunteer management techniques and tools is bound to help!

You will take a journey through every element of good practice for a volunteer programme, right from preparing necessary policies before involving volunteers, through planning volunteer involvement, recruiting, supporting, retaining, to volunteers leaving. Every learner will be provided with resources including information sheets, publications and sample documents to take away and of course, the Volunteer Centre will be happy to support learners as they develop their systems, offering ongoing support and information.

Our session runs from 9-3 and we charge £25 for our session to cover room hire and refreshments during the day.

Please click here to book via our Eventbrite link


Volunteers and the Law – Clarify myths and understand your legal responsibilities

  • Do volunteers have the same rights as employees?
  • Health and safety doesn’t apply to volunteers does it?
  • 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.

We are planning to run our popular Volunteers and the law training on 3rd October 2018 in Brierley Hill. To book your place please visit our Eventbrite listing


The charge for the training is £10 to cover the cost of room hire and refreshments.

What will the session cover?

  • Defining volunteering 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



Help Support St. John’s Church Preservation Group




We need a lot of funds and volunteer helps to help this wonderful project grow and succeed.  Please consider offering your support in these tangible ways!

St. John’s Church Preservation Group, The Old School House,
St. John’s Road, Kates Hill, Dudley, DY2 7JT
Tel: 07871 195042 / 07522 184461
Email: savestjohnschurch@hotmail.co.uk
Facebooks Save St. John’s Church, Kates Hill, Dudley and
St. John’s Church Preservation Group, Kates Hill, Dudley
Charity 1164822  Patron Professor Carl Chinn MBE

Volunteering and the Goldilocks Margins


Volunteering and the Goldilocks Margins photo courtesy of https://gratisography.com/

Do volunteers wander from organization to organization, sampling the volunteer porridge or sitting in different volunteering task chairs, looking for the opportunity that is “just right?”

Some volunteers do exactly that, while others might taste a cold volunteer encounter and walk away for good, equating all volunteering with their one, less-than-perfect experience. Some volunteers are undeterred and will continue searching for an opportunity that fits. The point is, the more we set a foundation for finding a “just right” volunteer experience, the more volunteers will at least try us out.

Our earth exists in the Goldilocks zone, the habitable area around the sun. In this zone, conditions are optimal to sustain life such as presence of liquid water, luminosity of the central star, gasses etc. In other words, there are variables, which when combined, create the optimal backdrop for life to form and thrive.

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If you are a young person in Dudley and want something to get involved in and do over the summer then read on …..

Sign up to the Dudley Young Health Champions project and you will …..

  • Have access to a number of free opportunities to get involved
  • Get to develop your own projects around health
  • Get to meet other young people and talk about your experiences
  • Develop your skills and experiences to enhance your future opportunities
  • Receive a free hoody
  • Have access to training to support your personal development
  • Have opportunities to attend events and activities
  • Be able to fit it around your life to suit you
  • Have your travel expenses covered and food provided

Other opportunities that there are to get involved in over the summer:

Dudley Young Commissioners Project:

If you are aged 14 and above and interested in the services that young people in Dudley have access to, would like to have a say over the services that are provided  young people in Dudley or if you are interested in a career in the public sector then this is the ideal place to start. Anyone who joins will be asked to give 2 hours a month (which will be for training provided by the University of East London) and a 2 night residential in London during October half term. You will then get to be part of a conference in January 2019.  This is a really great opportunity and we are very excited that the University of East London are working with us on this.


Arts and Emotional Health: Dudley Take Five, Saturday 28th July at DY1 Community Building, Stafford Street,  DY1 1RT 11-3pm

Young people of all ages across Dudley are getting involved in film, art and music to promote wellbeing, having a creative look at ways to make every day feel better.

If you’re aged 14-19 (up to 25 if you have a disability) you would be very welcome to join us in central Dudley on Saturday, July 28, 11am-3pm to find out more about the young adults’ programme.

Professional artists will be showing and sharing some of the activities on offer over the summer and explaining how you can get involved to create Dudley’s own Take Five YouTube channel. Food and drink will be included!

For more information contact kim@creativehealthcic.co.uk

Have your say and tell us what life feels like as a young person in Dudley:

We are currently working with Wolverhampton University looking for young people aged 16 and over who have experienced mental health challenges or physical disability / health challenges (whether diagnosed or not) to understand what life in general is like without a focus on the traditional ‘medical’ issues. If you would like to get involved then you will receive a gift voucher and travel expenses, food and drinks.

PLAYWEEK: volunteers needed

If you would like to help out during Dudley Playweek which runs between Monday 30th July to Friday Aug 3rd then please get in touch


If you would like to take part in any of the activities mentioned above please email me Faye fayehall@dudleycvs.org.uk

**please note all of our staff are DBS checked and parental consent will be needed for under 18’s*

Faye Hall

Dudley Young Health Champion’s Project Coordinator

Healthwatch Dudley

07903 374686 – PLEASE NOTE MY MOBILE IS CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE – for any enquiries please call the Healthwatch number 03000 111 001 (charged at local rate)

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