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

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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. com­mu­ni­ty­im­pact­

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. vol­un­teer­ing­ – 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.”

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