13 Mar 2018

A new resource, to be launched shortly, aims to broaden the understanding of volunteering and to provide a range of ideas and practical tools which will be useful to anyone setting out to work with volunteers for the first time.

Cynefin

Those who work with volunteers will surely agree that it can be rewarding and challenging at the same time. It is so rewarding to see, first hand, how volunteering can work its 'magic', bringing about the transformation of individuals as well as achieving so much for the organisations and beneficiaries with whom they get involved. It is a challenge, often because our working lives are busy with multiple demands and so often there is not the time to give to developing and managing volunteering in the way that we would like.
 
 
'Getting started with volunteers' is a new resource which will be a valuable starting point for those who find themselves with responsibilities for managing volunteers but who have little or no previous experience.  It will help in thinking about how volunteering can contribute to the wider aims of your organisations or project and what steps need to be taken to pave the way for a successful volunteer programme.
 
 
It will be a guide through questions of policies and practicalities, recruitment and role development, along with top tips for ensuring that volunteers remain happy and fulfilled during their time of volunteering.

The third and final module focuses on the impact of volunteering and how we measure this: both the impact on the organisation and its beneficiaries and also the impact on volunteers' own wellbeing and personal development.
 
 
North Wales Society fo the Blind
The resource has been developed with a grant from Welsh Government as part of its commitment to the Fusion programme. The programme is about creating opportunities through culture; encouraging people to take an active part in arts, culture and heritage in ways that will increase their skills and widen experience, not least through volunteering. The learning material will support this programme and has been developed by WCVA in partnership with Pembrokeshire Association of Voluntary Services (PAVS) and Pembrokeshire College.

The course will be launched on the WCVA Learning Zone. Meanwhile for more information, updates and a link to the course when it is available visit the Fusion project page.