Volunteer required to help with a group of adults with learning disabilities assisting with art & craft activities and also drama.
FOR MORE INFO OR TO APPLY please contact:
Tel: 01384 370828
The potential reasons why a volunteer may leave are endless, but before you start looking at them it’s probably worth doing a quick run through of your good practice measures for involving volunteers. There are some basic things which volunteers should really get when volunteering and if you aren’t providing them, they could be one of the reasons they are leaving!
- role/task description outlining the volunteer role
- initial chat when they first enquire about the role, outlining expected commitment
- induction when they start, including essential things like who’s who, support available, what to do if they have any concerns
- volunteer agreement – setting out their rights and responsibilities
- handbook – with lots of information about the organisation and project they are volunteering with, plus essentials like procedures for claiming expenses, policies etc
- named person to support them and answer any queries
- regular support and supervision – this is the best way to keep in touch with your volunteers and see how things are going. If things aren’t going well, you will be able to spot these and prevent them becoming an issue!
There’s another important element of managing volunteers that is good practice but not physical such as a policy and that’s building a relationship with your volunteers, being available by phone/text/email/in person when they need someone to talk to. Building a mutually trusting relationship may not guarantee a volunteer won’t leave, but it will hopefully ensure they raise any issues or concerns with you, however small, before simply deciding to leave.
Most people get a free newspaper through their door or pick up a free one when they are getting on a bus or train, it’s something we take for granted.
For some people though it’s not so easy! Why not offer to read the paper to an older person, or someone with a visual impairment, so they feel connected with what’s going on in the world. You could also help them by reading letters, cards even bills, so they know exactly what’s going on. This a great social role and makes a huge difference to someone who feels isolated through age or sensory impairment. Beacon Centre for the Blind are always looking for volunteers from across the borough and Age UK has Good Neighbour volunteer roles too, so why not get in touch.
Marketing, press releases and social media
Do you have media, marketing or communication skills? If so there are not-for-profit groups across the borough who need volunteers with this kind of expertise to help them tell the world what they are doing and spread the word about their services. You could help with newsletters, social media, websites etc., so why not get in touch with the Volunteer Centre to see what sort of roles we have on our books?
Spread the word – volunteer!