No, no no! Don’t run away! Come back! As volunteer managers, it seems our natural instinct is to hide whenever anyone asks for figures. Volunteering can’t be reduced to numbers, right? It’s all about the soft outcomes, you can’t quantify that! But the truth is that attitude doesn't always help us, s... [more]
Calling all Volunteer Managers - it's networking time in London again! It would be great to see familiar faces from previous events but we would love to see new faces too. So, if you're new to the group, the very simple idea is to have an opportunity to network with like-minded volunteering... [more]
Back in August 2013 I blogged about government back to work schemes (volunteers or voluntolds? Mandatory back to work schemes) It generated a great response and some really interesting debate from Thoughtful Thursday participants. So, to carry on with a similar theme, this Thursday I’d like us to... [more]
If you are newish to volunteer management then have a read of this really informative article by spotlight http://ivo.org/spotlight/posts/where-did-it-all-go-wrong I come across so many VMs all taking about this issue so if yo don't recieve alerts from ivo's own spotlight then get over there and follow as it has many good articles & info.
It is a good article but it does seem to only look at problem behaviour caused by volunteers rather than also addressing the reality that sometimes problems are caused by the Volunteer Manager or the organisation and not the volunteer.
About six months ago I got back in contact with my university, well actually to be honest, they got back in contact with me. They were experiencing a rise in both student and alumni volunteering as well as increasing pressure for student careers in the voluntary sector and a need for younger more st... [more]
The three things nobody is saying about #nomakeupselfie | My new blog for Third Sector online http://buff.ly/1igtl0f
In 2005, we wrote ‘The 21st Century Volunteer’, a report on the changing landscape of volunteering. At the time, there was a strong need from the third sector organisations we were working with to better understand the trends affecting volunteering in a rapidly changing society. We also wanted to... [more]
I have a question that I would hugely appreciate some help with from your very big brains!
Looking at setting up some festival volunteering opportunities. I'm finding a lot of other organisations incentivise volunteering for their charity at events with 'free tickets' to the event. E.G.http://www.hotboxevents.com/. Although on the other hand Oxfam does not seem to class its stewarding as volunteering on its website, although others linking to their website do.
Is this still 'volunteering' if the person receives a definite benefit (financially by saving the cost of the ticket)? Anyone who has any experience of this do get in touch!
Yes my concern is around it being construed as 'payment' and where the line is! Perhaps I'm just being a little overcautious...
Again, I'm not a lawyer... but an employment tribunal would look at the whole picture before deciding there was a contract of employment. If you remember the renowned Relate case, ?10 years ago, there was an agreement in place with the volunteer about repaying training costs should she leave. The truibunal felt that the training was a substantial enough reward in kind to be regarded as payment; and there was serious obligation (rather than expectation) involved in the relationship. I'm assuming your events volunteers may drop in and out at will - and a ticket isn't in the same league value-wise as substantial required training.
Next meeting: Thursday 27th March 5pm onwards at a cafe called Home Sweet Home, 49 Edge Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester http://cheeseburgertoastie.co.uk/. If you are new to the group - we generally sit in the back room at one of the large tables- we'll keep an eye out for you - or ask one o... [more]