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

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

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’