Introduction to volunteering workshop marie godinot
Welcome to the Volunteering Workshop• Lizzie Saunders/Marie Godinot
Aims of the Workshop• Gain Knowledge about how the local Voluntary & Community Sector is structured• Understand how to get the best from your volunteering experience• Become familiar with the sources of information about volunteering opportunities• Raise awareness about the ‘application’ process• To help you plan your next step(s)
Workshop Agenda1. Getting to know one another2. What is the local volunteering landscape like?3. Why Volunteer? Why not volunteer?4. The ‘Principles of Volunteering’5. ‘Rights and Responsibilities’ of a Volunteer6. The Volunteering ‘Journey’7. How to apply to volunteer via do-it.org
Volunteering?The UK does not have one common national definition of volunteering; generally it is described as an “unpaid activity where someone gives their time to help an organisation or an individual who they are not related to.”Volunteering Englandwww.volunteering.org.uk
Mayor of London on volunteeringWalking to raise fundsfor a Hospice
Success Stories David -> accountant Hendri -> ECVS Sarah -> ECVSStephanie Rickaby -> CORAM Ealing
Why do YOU want to volunteer?• Caring nature• To gain qualiﬁcations and skills• To give something back /to get involved in the community• To meet people and reduce isolation• Being part of a team• For something to do/ reduce boredom• Sent by the Job Centre!• Strong beliefs (green issues/environment)• Gain references for CV/pathway to employment• Conﬁdence and self esteem• Pass on their skills• Personal growth• Learn new skills• Meet people and make friends• To have fun• Learn new skills• Receiving training in speciﬁc tasks• Feeling good about yourself• Adding work experience to avoid career gap• Evaluating potential career choices 9• Networking
Why people volunteer?Top Four Reasons1. To help people2. Cause was important3. Time to spare4. Want to meet people and make Source: Institut for Volunteering Research new friends
Benefits of Volunteering• Satisfaction of helping and making a difference• Enjoyment• Personal achievement• Meeting people and making friends• Do what I’m good at• Broadens life experiences• Makes me feel needed• Gives me confidence• Learn new skills• Improves my health• Status within the community• Qualification• Improve employment prospects
What may prevent people from actually volunteering?1. Not enough spare time2. Bureaucracy3. Worried about risk & liability4. Don’t know how to find out how to get involved5. Haven’t got the right skills6. Cost/expense
Why people volunteer? Ive learned that you We make a living by shouldnt go through what we get, but we life with a catchers mitt make a life by what we on both hands. You give ~Winston Churchill need to be able to throw something back. ~Maya Angelou The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others. ~ Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
Statistics• Population in Ealing = 305,300• Voluntary & Community Sector Groups in Ealing = nearly 1000• Number of people that volunteer (40%*) = 116000• *Citizenship Survey 2009http://www.communities.gov.uk/documents/statistics/pdf/164191.pdf
Statistics 41% of adults volunteered formallygiving unpaid help through a group, club or organisation62% volunteered informallygiving unpaid help as an individual to someone who isnot a relativeSource: 2008/09 DCLG Citizenship Survey
What is a charity?An organisation:• Independent of government and business• Non profit-distributing• Self-governance• Voluntarism (money and/or time)• Provides a public benefit (beyond membership)Source: The UK Civil Society Almanac NCVO 18
Names?• Voluntary organisations• Ngos (non governmental organisations)• Not-for-profit / non-profit• Community groups• Third sector• Independent sector• Civil society• Social enterprises 19
The voluntary sector workforcePaid workers 668,000 (539,000 FTE*)Trustees (unpaid) 950,000Volunteers 10.9m (at least once per month) *FTE = full time equivalent• It is estimated that of the 668,000 paid workers, 247,000 are part-time. 20
What do charities do?• Provide services (that no-one else does)• Campaign (for a better world)• Offer information and advice• Counselling and advocacy• Fund other groups or individuals (research, pilot projects, financial support) 21
Different causes• Social welfare• International development• Health• Arts• Heritage• Environment• Education 22
Types of jobs – service providingCare worker Youth worker Counsellor Housing workerSocial worker Outreach Day centre Community worker manager workerLegal / benefits Help line Information Developmentadvisor manager officer workerAdvocacy Family Policy analyst Programme/support worker therapist Project manager 23
Types of jobs - infrastructureFinance Human ICT Administrativeofficer Resources manager assistant managerAccountant Training Database Receptionist officer assistantAccounts Volunteers Computer Centralassistant Co-ordinator Services services officer manager 24
Types of jobs – fundraising & communicationsCommunity Trusts Trading Internalfundraiser fundraiser manager communication s officerEvents Donor Shops Publicationsorganiser development manager assistant officerLegacy High level Press officer Marketingcampaign Donor directormanager developmentCorporate Direct Campaigns WebsiteSponsorship marketing officer developer 25 manager
FundraiserGood communicationDatabase knowledgeGood interpersonal skillsWorking to deadlinesAttention to detailResearch skills 26
The Volunteer Manager• Recruit the right volunteers with the right skills• Train staff to work effectively and cooperatively with volunteers• Orient volunteers to increase their understanding of the organization, its clients, its services and the role and responsibilities of volunteers• Ensure that volunteers are given appropriate training to be successful in their positions
The Principles of Volunteering• CHOICE• DIVERSITY• RECIPROCITY• RECOGNITION
Your rights as a volunteer• To be given a clear idea of your tasks• To have an allocated supervisor• To be offered opportunities for skills development• To be appreciated and get recognition for what you have done
Money• You will not earn money as a volunteer…• but you should get your expenses paid for, including cost of travel and possibly meals.• Some organisations also contribute towards childcare costs.
Your responsibilities as a volunteer• Be on time and work the hours you agreed to• Do your best• Follow advice and directions from your supervisor• Be willing to undertake training if necessary
Understand what you want• Why are you volunteering?• What do you like doing?• When are you available to volunteer?• Where can you get to for your volunteering?
Get ready for the interview• Some of the more common questions on your motivation• General questions: -Why are you interested in volunteering? -What do you know about volunteering? -Why do you wake up in the morning? -(Give 3 main factors)Speciﬁc to the role and to the charity: -How are you interested in this role for this VO? -What is attracting you to this volunteer role? -What interest you most/least about this role?
Get ready for the interviewAbout the past: -What do/did you like most/least in your current/past working experience? -What frustrates you about a job/an activity? -Why have you left your previous jobs/volunteering roles? -What would make you leave the charity you are volunteering for? -Tell me about a time when you found it difﬁcult to stay motivated. -Tell me about a time when you have had to keep yourself motivated during a difﬁcult situation.About future: -Where do you see yourself in 5 years? -How long do you envisage staying here in the UK/in Ealing?
Take Action: Make ContactAsk questions Arrange to meet them
Take Action: Meet Them• Use the meeting to find out if they are right for you (they’ll be determining if you are right for them!)• Understand: – what they expect of you – what they can offer you• Be prepared to say No• If all OK - agree a start date!And please ...let Volunteer Centre Ealing knowhow you get on