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Presentation delivered by Sam Sparrow, Head of the Volunteer Unit and Chris Wright, Chief Operating Officer at Catch22 on managing volunteering opportunities in disadvantaged communities. ...

Presentation delivered by Sam Sparrow, Head of the Volunteer Unit and Chris Wright, Chief Operating Officer at Catch22 on managing volunteering opportunities in disadvantaged communities.

Delivered at Big Society In The North conference in March 2011

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Improving volunteering opportunities for not the usual suspects Improving volunteering opportunities for not the usual suspects Presentation Transcript

  • IMPROVING VOLUNTEERINGOPPORTUNITIES FOR “NOT THEUSUAL SUSPECTS”Chris Wright, Chief Operating OfficerSam Sparrow, Head of the Volunteer Unit
  • WHO ARE CATCH22?Catch22 is a local charity with national reach. We workwith young people and others in seemingly impossiblesituations.Catch22 runs a range of projects and services acrossEngland and Wales for young people and communities.These include community activities, leaving careservices, education and training, youth justice, housing,substance misuse and offender management.
  • WHAT DOES VOLUNTEERING MEANTO CATCH22?Volunteers and volunteering are fundamental toCatch22’s work with young people and others.We engage around 1200 volunteers in our work, manyof which are young people or former service users.As well as adding value to our range of work,volunteering provides a key progression route for ourservice users through to employment or training.
  • THE TARGET GROUPIdentifying who your target group is and what barriers theyhave to accessing volunteering opportunities is vital.There is a view that getting young people engaged involuntary activity is problematic.There is a stronger view that disengaged young peopledon’t want to get involved.Both of these groups can be engaged and switched on tovolunteering with the right opportunities and some support.
  • BARRIERS TO ACCESSImportant to reinvent the definition of “volunteering” forthose who are traditionally harder to engageThe word volunteering often reinforces negativestereotypes of who a volunteer is amongst the peoplewe work with.We surveyed our young people about volunteering interms of “helping out” and received a very positiveresponse185 responses with 66% already “helping out” in theirlocal community
  • BARRIERS TO ACCESSWhen working with these groups, make sure youropportunities are rooted in the community – easier to access.Where this is not possible, make sure you can signpost toother opportunities and be part of the network.When combating awareness issues, word of mouth is keywith these groups.55% of young people from our Helping Out Survey gotinvolved because they heard from a friend or were asked.
  • BARRIERS TO ACCESSFormer service users being encouraged to volunteer withinthe service have provided us with role models with which wecan encourage new young people to volunteer.Making sure the opportunity presented is flexible, realisticand meets the individual needs of the volunteer (such asmeeting costs etc) helps to attract and retain those in hard toreach groups.Create relevant opportunities which identify ways in whichthe volunteer can develop personally and professionally –not just about giving back.
  • SOME EXAMPLES FROM PRACTICEOur services by their nature and purpose offeropportunities for young people to meet long termsocial and economic outcomes, and thevolunteering opportunities we create flow from this.
  • A CASE STUDY: I HAVE A CHOICEI Have a Choice gives young people the opportunity to get involved witha range of specific volunteering activities which directly lead to training,accreditation, work experience and employmentSince 2009, over 350 young people have had voluntary experience ofevent management, basketball coaching and community radio• planned and managed byyoung people, for young people• young people gain valuableexperience for futureemployment• opportunity to gain newASDAN qualification
  • A CASE STUDY: COMMUNITYYOUTH VOLUNTEERSThe Community Youth Volunteering Programme helps young people togain experience in youth work through voluntary placements withCatch22 and other organisations.Since 2008 we have worked with over 200 volunteers who have devotedtens of thousands of hours to youth clubs and services all over London.• gives young people a rangeof different work experiences• helps to build their futuresthrough training andaccreditation• many have securedemployment as YouthWorkers
  • A CASE STUDY: COMMUNITYSPACE CHALLENGECommunity Space Challenge is about young people (aged 8 to 17)taking on run down and forgotten spaces and changing them into freshgreen places for everyone to use and enjoy.Young people often volunteer alongside older people from the areawhich helps to build strong communities and engage differentgenerations. • helps young people understand their local environment • helps to reduce anti social behaviour and crime • offers new educational, volunteering and employment opportunities
  • CELEBRATE SUCCESS“Volunteering gave me an idea of what I wanted to do, a career path in life and then the service helped me turn the idea into reality after realising my potential”