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Vof News November 09

  1. 1. Volunteering Bristol VOF NEWSLETTER November 2009 In this issue: New Service from Volunteering Bristol New Service from Volunteering Bristol Volunteering Bristol is pleased to be one of only two successful applicants in the South West to be awarded Annual General Meeting a grant through Capacitybuilders to offer further direct, Volunteering Bristol practical support to people who manage volunteers. This follows on from gaining the BIG Lottery funded project Next VOF Meeting and confirms Volunteering Bristol’s position as a leading Volunteer Management volunteering support organisation. Training & Action This additional support will be offered particularly to Learning small and newly-established community groups in Bristol. “This is an opportunity to give even more Christmas Volunteering support to volunteer managers and their volunteers” Paul Madine, Volunteers Fair says Paul Madine. “Funded until March 2011, it will allow us to recruit a full time advisor who will provide Chief Executive of Vetting and Barring 1-1 advice and guidance on identifying suitable roles for Volunteering Bristol Scheme Info Session volunteers. Volunteer managers and their volunteers Taking Minutes at will be able to take coaching sessions to develop their skills, improving their Meetings volunteering experience and making it easier for organisations to recruit and Model Job Description retain people from more diverse groups.” A particular feature of this new programme will be to develop guidance for Volunteering England volunteer managers to use as part of the support needs assessment of new Information Service volunteers. This helps to fill a gap identified by many volunteer managers during New Global Website the research and consultation undertaken by Volunteering Bristol as part of the planning of the project in the summer. Volunteer Rights If you are interested in finding out more, contact Volunteering Bristol. It is planned that the programme will be operational by mid December. In the Next VOF Meeting meantime email us on paul@bristolvolunteers.co.uk or telephone 0117 989  December 2009 9th  12noon—2.00pm Annual General Meeting  Volunteering Bristol  Guest speaker from Volunteering Bristol’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) is Avon & Constabulary coming up on 16th December from 6.15pm in our offices off speaking about Queens Square. After the meeting guests can enjoy refreshments including a glass of wine. involving ex-offenders Please RSVP to support@bristolvolunteers.org.uk if you are interested in   Topic : Hot attending, to help us with numbers for refreshments. What do you do to recognize volunteers?
  2. 2. Volunteer Management Training and Action Learning Volunteering Bristol has started running its Volunteer Management training with great success Call for Christmas and high levels of attendance! So thanks for everyone who has attended so far. We have run Volunteering training on recruiting and retaining volunteers and are soon to put on training in ‘Improving the Diversity of your Volunteer Workforce’, ‘Volunteers With the season of goodwill fast and the Law’ and our new session ‘How to Deal approaching, the Volunteer with Difficult Issues in Volunteer Management’. Centre gets lots of requests for volunteering over the Christmas There is still time to book onto these courses period. We would love to hear if through Voscur’s website www.voscur.org but if you have any plans for Christmas you are all booked up before Christmas then for which you could do with an watch this space for sessions running again in the extra pair of hands! Whether it’s a New Year. Christmas party, putting up decorations or dressing up as Santa there are lots 2010 also sees the arrival of the new Action of willing volunteers who would love to help, so Learning Sets for Volunteer Managers! Action please let us know if you have any opportunities. Learning is a concept whereby people meet You don’t necessarily have to do a registration form, together once a month for 6 months and each get as long as we have a few lines of description. a chance to work through problems in their pro- jects. The group then supportively works together to set actions to deal with these individual challenges and learn from the experience of others in the group. The course of 6 sessions There are currently 11.6 million costs £90 (usually £300) and there may be bur- people in England who saries available so we will keep you updated with volunteer every month. dates once they are released. Volunteers Fair a great success Volunteering Bristol’s Volunteer Recruitment Fair held in Upper Horfield Community Centre in September was deemed a great success by exhibitors and public alike. More than 80 potential volunteers visited during the day on 24 th September, ensuring that the 17 local organisations were kept busy dealing with enquiries. Several organisations were pleased to be able to turn those enquiries into actual volunteer placements while others successfully raised awareness of their organisations and the work they do in their communities, as well as sowing the seeds for future volunteering, so thanks very much to everyone who got involved in the day. We will be holding another Volunteer Recruitment Fair in the New Year, this time in south Bristol. We hope that lots of organisations will join us again.
  3. 3. Information Session on new Vetting and Barring Scheme Volunteering England are running an information session specifically on volunteering and the Independent Safeguarding Authority’s (ISA) new Vetting and Barring Scheme. The session will include high profile volunteer management experts covering what the Vetting and Barring Scheme is as well as the legal implications and what is involved in carrying these checks out. There are currently 17.9 million It will take place on 20th November from 9.15-2pm in people in England who volunteer London and costs £100 for Volunteering England mem- bers and £135 for non-members. See Volunteering Eng- at least once a year. land’s events page for more details: http:// www.volunteering.org.uk/W hatW eDo/Events/ Volunteering+England+Events/Volunteering+safeguards- Training Opportunity! +an+information+session+on+your+role+and+responsibiliti es.htm Taking Minutes at Please note: if you unable to make this meeting or do not Meetings have the funds to attend then we will be trying to do something similar in Bristol in the future when we have more information on the scheme. Presently we are waiting Barton Hill Settlement Workshop are for it to be reviewed. running a 1 day low cost training session on making minutes at meetings. It’s aimed specifically at people in the Model Job Description for voluntary and community sector and Volunteer Co-ordinators covers areas such as: Volunteering England have recently revised the Volunteer  What minutes are for Co-ordinator Job description on the Prospects website  Different styles of minutes which is aimed at graduates. You may find it interesting to  What to include and what to leave view the description of the role from a general perspective, out especially if your organisation is looking to employ a volun-  Tips for note-taking  How to turn notes into minutes teer co-ordinator in the future.  The language to use See the website here: http://www.prospects.ac.uk/p/ The training takes place on 10th types_of_job/volunteer_work_organiser_job_description.jsp November from 9.30am — 3pm at Barton Hill Settlement, 43 Ducie Road, Barton Hill, Bristol BS5 0AX and costs £30. To book onto the course telephone 28% of people in the South West have 0117 955 6971. participated in regular volunteering. This is higher than the national average of 23%. Have your say Don’t forget to go to www.bristol.gov.uk/vcssupport to view information on Bristol City Council’s consultation with the Voluntary and Community Sector about the support services that you need.
  4. 4. Volunteering England’s Information Service News Volunteering England’s Information Service is now only open to Volunteering England members. This includes their telephone helpline, email enquiries and the Good Practice Bank. If you are not a member of Volunteering England, you can apply on their website or contact Volunteering Bristol to get guidance on best practice in volunteer management. We are members of Volunteering England so Welcome to the Team would be happy to enquire on behalf of volunteer-involving We would like to warmly welcome organisations. Sarah Silcock into Volunteering Bristol. She will be assisting on the Volunteer Management Project alongside Jenny Idle and helping New Global Website for Volunteer Management out with putting together VOF meetings and the newsletter as well Resources as a variety of other admin tasks so you’ll be seeing her at the back of VOF meetings scribbling minutes in Our Shared Resources has recently been launched as a website the near future! to help share resources from volunteering projects across the globe. Rather than recreating the wheel, volunteer managers can learn from other project’s policies and procedures and make it easier to learn from good practice of other projects. To start Supported by Bristol City Council searching or posting your documents, visit the website http:// www.oursharedresources.com/ . Volunteering England to Examine Volunteer Rights Volunteering England are set to open an inquiry next month Volunteering into the rights of volunteers following concerns about Bristol volunteers having no legal rights, sometimes leading to unfair dismissals of volunteers. It is hoped that the inquiry will help Royal Oak House protect volunteers from discrimination in the same way that Royal Oak Avenue paid staff are protected regarding issues such as gender, Bristol BS1 4GB ethnicity and religious discrimination. This also coincides with Phone: 0117 989 7734 the proposal in the last VOF newsletter to include volunteers Mobile: 0790 3837818 in the Single Equality Bill, showing a growing concern for the E-mail: jenny@bristolvolunteers.org.uk rights of volunteers. To find out more see the Third Sector website http://www.thirdsector.co.uk/News/ DailyBulletin/949968/Volunteering -England-examine - volunteer-rights/F46C58191D24F6D27965903A68486801/? DCMP=EMC-DailyBulletin