WCAVA: Volunteers’ Voices

on Tuesday 16th Mar, 2021 at 10:00am

Volunteers’ Voices: How to involve volunteers in shaping your organisation - FREE training session.

Date:Tuesday, 16th March 2021 
Time: 10.00am-12.00 noon
Trainer Becky Nixon, Ideas to Impact

Volunteers have a huge amount to offer in knowledge, skills, reach into communities and life experiences.  These can enhance your organisation, improve your understanding of needs and your reach, and increase effectiveness of services.  Involving volunteers in shaping your organisation as well as delivering activities can make a big difference to your impact and can help to provide evidence for funding bids.

This workshop is aimed at trustees, managers and anyone else involved in organisational or project strategy, planning or reviewing impact.  There is no “one size fits all” so it will help you to consider what works for you. We will:

  • Help you to develop a clear rationale about why volunteers are involved in the organisation overall and in decision making and what their involvement brings to the organisation and its beneficiaries

  • Review what this means for how volunteers are involved in decision-making and identification of impact

  • Consider different practical structures and mechanisms for volunteers’ voices to be heard at different levels in the organisation

  • Identify what structures, resources, training and support volunteers, staff and trustees need

  • Consider the role of volunteer managers and their link between volunteers and overall organisational strategy.

You will leave this session with ideas and practical solutions for how volunteers can be more involved in shaping your organisation.

Ideas to Impact
Ideas to Impact workshops will be delivered by Becky Nixon.  Becky has been an Investing in Volunteers assessor for 15 years in which she has spoken to 1,000s of volunteers about their experiences across all roles and sectors.  With NCVO she has recently redeveloped a new Investing in Volunteers standard to be launched in March.  She has been a volunteer, managed volunteers, researched volunteers and provided consultancy and training to volunteer-involving organisations.  Becky is particularly interested in using research and psychological insights to combine with on the ground experience to help organisations to develop systems that are right for them.

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