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Fantastic Volunteers and How to Find Them – Five Volunteer Recruitment Tips

The Directory of Social Change explain how you can reach out and find fantastic volunteers throughout the year, even in a post-pandemic world?

1 – Target
A common mistake people make when recruiting volunteers is suggesting that anyone is suitable for the vacant role. This approach is often driven by a fear that nobody will come forward. It’s a technique that can work for certain positions, typically those that require no specific skills or experience, just a warm body. For roles where some kind of existing competence is required, however, we should target, target, target.

Ask these questions:

What do you want the volunteer to do? What exactly will it involve? What does the person need to know or be able to do before they start?
Who would be the ideal volunteer for this role? What skills, experience, abilities etc. do they need? For example, if you want someone to code then say that. Get as a specific as possible.
Where are you likely to find them? Given what you need, where might you find those people in your community? Again, be specific and avoid generalisations.

2 – Ask
Once you’ve got your target group identified, go and ask them! Research consistently shows that people who don’t volunteer feel like they haven’t been asked to give time. Ask, ask, ask. Keeping asking. And when you’re done, ask some more.

3- Sell
More than just asking, however, you need to sell your volunteer opportunities like a business would sell its products – focus on the benefits of someone volunteering with you, not the features. When we buy something we don’t just look at what it can do but how it will help us. For example, all kettles boil water but some do it faster than others, some have built in water filters and some work with apps etc..

It’s the same with volunteering – show people how volunteering with you will meet their needs. Don’t just tell them what they will do or how desperate you are for help. Show them how you’ll boil water in a way that is better suited to their needs than the other kettles on the market.

To read their full article click here.

If you’d like a conversation about how to get your volunteer roles listed on Let’s Go Sandwell then give Kim Fuller a call on 0121 5251127.


Ten Top Tips for Making Your Organisation Attractive to Volunteers

The Directory of Social Change want to share with you their 10 top tip for making your organsiation attractive to volunteers.

1 – Provide enjoyable volunteering
People volunteer in their discretionary leisure time. With the unrelenting pressures people feel in modern life, they want to spend their precious spare time enjoying themselves.

Making volunteering enjoyable is critical if you want to attract and keep volunteers. You see you’re not competing with other volunteer involving organisations when recruiting volunteers. You’re competing with all the leisure activities that people could spend their spare time doing – going to the cinema, having a meal with friends, watching a sports event etc..

So, make your volunteering rewarding and enjoyable. Really understand what drives your volunteers, their passions and interests. Or, in the words of a famous kids TV show from my childhood, they’ll go and do something less boring instead.

2 – Give great customer service
Do you remember the days where if you bought something mail order you usually had to wait 28 days for delivery? In today’s internet enabled age we now expect next day delivery at a minimum. Expectations have changed.

Read their full article by clicking here.

If you’ve got a volunteer opportunity you’d like to share contact Kim Fuller on 0121 525 1127 to get it listed on Let’s Go Sandwell.


North Smethwick Development Trust Seeks New Trustees

Being part of the North Smethwick Development Trust (NSDT) is both exciting and challenging. We are looking for team players with a variety of skills who will help to drive the organisation forward from its current position to one that is stronger, more confident and with increased credibility with our members.

Are you…

  • Passionate about communities and want to make a difference?
  • Do you have experience of the issues faced by our charities caused and want to give something back?
  • A good communicator?
  • Team focused?
  • Flexible and Objective?

If, the answer is yes, then why not become a Trustee?

Our vision is:

“North Smethwick Development Trust (NSDT) will work to achieve the social, economic and environmental regeneration of North Smethwick”. We do this through our 4 ambitions:

  • Improving health and wellbeing
  • Reducing the impacts of poverty
  • Supporting our children and young people
  • Being proud of our community

If you would like to use your skills and experience to become a Trustee/Director to help us shape the activities and services for local people living in North Smethwick, we very much look forward to hearing from you. We are particularly keen to encourage people under the age of 30 to join our Board and women.

Trustees

For information regarding the role of a Trustee, please see www.charitycommission.gov.uk

We are looking for committed individuals to expand the range of Trustee skills as well as to consolidate existing skills with an eye to succession planning. We require dynamic and motivated people who are sympathetic to the aims and objectives of NSDT to fulfil these voluntary duties. Trustees contribute valuably to the Board by giving strategic direction; setting overall policy; defining goals and setting targets; evaluating performance; ensuring the charity’s effective and efficient administration and financial stability.

We want to have a wide range of people on the Board and seek to be representative of the diverse communities of North Smethwick. There is no need to have previous trustee experience to apply as training will be provided. An interest in supporting communities is necessary.

Trustees are expected to:

  • attend up to seven meetings a year including quarterly Board meetings (all currently on Thursday evenings) and an annual planning day;
  • contribute advice and support on charity and trust topic; and
  • attend events.

All travel and out of pocket expenses will be paid.

How to apply: If you would like to express your interest in this position, please do contact our CEO for more information or to receive our Trustee/Director Recruitment and information pack, available on request from our Chief Executive Officer and Company Secretary, Jennifer Harrison BEM at jennifer.harrison@nsdt.org.uk


Call out to Food Banks and Pantries

January can be a draining month for some people, often leading to longer than usual queues at Sandwell Food Banks and Pantries. Together with the ongoing impact of the pandemic, this in turn can have a draining effect on staff, volunteers and supplies at these much-needed hubs.

That’s why we’re throwing a spotlight on this vital service between January 26th and 31st, to not only bring attention to the ongoing need for support from the general public and business sector, but also to celebrate the incredible work they do.

Janine and Sarah at Smethwick Food Bank organise support in the form of three-day food and essentials parcels for 160 nearby households every week. Part of the Trussell Trust and Sandwell Food Banks networks, they prioritise signposting their beneficiaries to services which can help move them on from needing the Food Bank in the future. But that doesn’t alter the fact that they need food…today.

“Some days it’s like a domino effect if our volunteers can’t come in for whatever reason,” said Janine. “One gets ill, then another tests positive, then another has a family crisis – we end up without help and we miss them so much.

“Even if people can’t commit to helping us regularly it would be great to have a few ‘back up’ volunteers we can call in from time to time to help out.”

Our campaign at the end of the month aims to raise awareness of such opportunities, listed on our volunteering web site www.letsgosandwell.info as well as encouraging residents, and businesses, to donate what they can to their local hub.

To promote your opportunities and get involved in the campaign email kim@scvo.info

#HelpFeedSandwell

 


Youth Mentoring Course for Volunteers

A few spaces are available for our Introduction to Youth Mentoring course taking place in January 2022.

The free course is primarily for volunteers helping out with children and young people and will be delivered by Mentoring West Midlands on Thursday January 13th from 9.30am-3.30pm at a venue in Smethwick.

The course focuses on progressing conversations with youngsters to help them find their feet, and covers topics such as safeguarding, confidentiality and the importance of accuracy in reporting.
Participants on previous courses said it was very relevant to their roles in supporting young people and gave them a better insight into how to help them stay on track.

For more information and to book a place contact kim@scvo.info


KeyRing are looking for Community Connection Volunteers In Sandwell

Do you have an interest in supporting a diverse group of people in your local area to live independently and build the life they want?

As a KeyRing Volunteer, your time can be flexible, from 1 – 3 hours per week, that work around you and your commitments. In return KeyRing will provide you with an invaluable experience to enhance your C.V, meet new people and learn new skills.

Keyring can help to unlock your future career in Health and Social Care.

Find out about KeyRing here.

For further information, please call Lucy Downing on 07534 350 167 for an informal chat.

 


Midland Mencap is looking for new Trustees

Midland Mencap is the region’s leading disability charity. Originally established in 1949, Midland Mencap is a registered charity providing a wide range of support and wellbeing services to citizens and family carers.

The charity is looking for new Trustees to join the existing board and work alongside a skilled, experienced, and talented leadership team to help steer the organisation through a time of change, growth and organisational development. They want trustees who will share their skills and experience appropriately, through communication with staff and other trustees.

The trustees are the custodians of Midland Mencap and are legally responsible for ensuring that resources are used effectively in pursuit of our main objectives.

In practice this means, among other things, you will:

  • Uphold and adhere to the highest standard of charity governance as set out by the Charity Commission.
  • Contribute to the strategic direction of the charity.
  • Monitor the performance of the executive against the organisation’s strategic and operational plans.
  • Contribute to the identification and monitoring of risk.
  • Participate in meaningful discussions at Board (and committees) with your expertise, skills, knowledge, and experience.

See the recruitment pack.

For more information or an informal chat, please feel free to contact CEO, Dave Rogers, on Dave.Rogers@midlandmencap.org.uk

 

 


Pact seeks volunteers to support people with convictions

Pact is a nationwide prison charity that provides support to prisoners, people with convictions, and their families, in the Black Country. Pact is canvassing for volunteers for a project just starting up, the ETE Mentoring service.

The Employment Training and Education (ETE) Mentoring service is responsible for providing support, guidance, training and development opportunities to those referred into the service for help. Pact is looking for volunteers to assist service users to successfully engage with education, training, volunteering and/or employment. Mentoring opportunities take place Monday to Friday, between 9 am and 5 pm; a minimum of 4 hours per week for a minimum of 6 months.

The role, includes
Researching and developing links with local services
Meeting service users and supporting with ETE activities
Involvement in group interventions and 1:1 mentoring

Experience:
Talking to people face to face or via telephone in a professional capacity
Handling Sensitive data

Skills / Abilities:
Self-motivation
Verbal and written communication skills
Teamwork
Attitudes
Being friendly and approachable
Empathy
Non judgemental

What is offered?
Volunteers will be fully trained and will be paid travel costs, via public transport or private car (mileage) will be reimbursed, including travel to attend training. Lunch may also be reimbursed, according to Pact’s expenses policy.

For more information about Pact or to apply to become a volunteer please visit www.prisonadvice.org.uk or email volunteering@prisonadvice.org.uk

Volunteers will be subject to two references and a DBS check (Disclosure & Barring Service).

Visit the website.


Training company looking for volunteers with digital and social media skills

Building Bridges Training is an independent social enterprise helping to makes a difference to people with a learning disability, to be included and have full and valued roles in their local community, through delivering training, research and resources.

Building Bridges Training is looking for volunteers who are familiar with using Android tablets and social media, particularly Facebook.

Your role will be to support people with a learning disability to learn:
• How to use a tablet – to turn on and off and use a touch screen.
• Recognise familiar apps
• Search the internet using search engines and voice option, for helpful information e.g. weather, travel plans
• Use Facebook to send and receive messages
• Take photos and upload to Facebook
• Use the Able to Include app

Volunteers will also be expected to assist people to:
• Use a laptop and a mouse, Make personal PowerPoint presentations etc.
• Use the internet
• Use the pictogram translations and record their feedback in Word.

For further information, please get in touch with Liz Tilly at liz@building-bridges-training.org or call 0121 559 9197.

Visit the website


Help improve Volunteering in Health

Health and Care volunteers are invited to join in some vital research to help improve future services.   NHS Health Education England’s National Volunteering Unit wants to learn:

• About the training you have received as a volunteer
• How they can better support health and care volunteers through the provision of education, training, and development resources

This is a chance for you to have your say; the results of this survey will be used to inform the production of relevant and useful learning for health and care volunteers.

Please complete the short survey by following this link.

If you have queries, please contact volunteering@hee.nhs.uk


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