Join a masterclass in volunteering
Universal Care in Beaconsfield is celebrating its 30th anniversary by supporting 30 local and national charities over 30 weeks from April 4 to October 28. Each charity will receive a cash donation and free use of Universal Care’s conference room to use as
COMMUNITY Impact Bucks (CIB) helps voluntary organisations and community groups in Buckinghamshire to get started, get stronger, and grow.
A key part of what CIB does is to train volunteer co-ordinators and managers.
As one of Universal Care’s 30 chosen charities to celebrate the organisation’s 30th anniversary, it is delighted to be given free use of their Beaconsfield premises to run a Recruiting and Retaining Volunteers’ One Day Masterclass on August 4.
The morning session will include why people volunteer, good practice when recruiting volunteers, volunteer policies, and writing role descriptions and advertising roles.
In the afternoon, topics will cover good and bad practice in volunteer induction and support, recognition and reward, solutions to some common problems, and legal issues.
Previous attendees have said: “The biggest impact of the day was to change my approach when meeting potential volunteers,” High Wycombe Citizens Advice Bureau and “we have recruited two new regular volunteers. This is largely down to the inspiration given at the training day,” Aylesbury Town Council.
CIB will also be running a masterclass on October 13 in Chesham Town Hall.
Further information can be found by visiting the events’ section of www. communityimpactbucks.org.uk.
So if you have missed out on the one in Beaconsfield, you can book ahead for Chesham!
Making Volunteering Easy
CIB also encourages, inspires and makes opportunities easily available for volunteers via its volunteer recruitment portal www. volunteeringbucks.org.uk – a fantastic resource for local people looking to volunteer, and a platform for raising the profile of organisations who urgently need volunteer support.
As Hazel Finney, Lead for Volunteering at CIB says: “Volunteering is a life enhancing, and sometimes life affirming, experience! There are a huge range of opportunities throughout Buckinghamshire, from one-off “micro volunteering” assignments, to ongoing commitments, and everything in-between. Make new friends, get out in the fresh air, enhance your career or even save a life – the possibilities really are endless.”
A volunteer’s experience
Here is what Catherine Golds, volunteer PR manager at Chilterns MS Centre has to say about how volunteering has changed her life.
She said: “After working in a high profile role and building up a career that spanned 20 years I felt very ‘lost’ when I was medically retired.
My volunteering role has helped me restore my self-confidence and I know that my contribution really does make a difference. I used to work to make money, now I work to change lives.”