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.
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.
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
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.
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.