Keep it moving: Ongoing support

So, you have your policies and procedures in place, all of your staff are on board and you have been out and proactively recruited volunteers with additional support needs. So what next? This may be where you need to get creative.

Posted by on 11 December 2010 | 3:17 pm

Could YOU volunteer for Chances4Volunteering?

Here at Chances4Volunteering we are recruiting for volunteers. Could you help contribute to the website? Could you update our Twitter feed? Could you moderate the Forum?

Posted by on 19 November 2010 | 11:24 am

Get involved in the Forum

The forum has been up and running for a number of months now and we would really like people to get involved. If you haven't already, go on over and take a look. It doesn't take long to register and start getting involved. We need to know what YOU want on this site. We would like to provide the resources, advice and information that you want, but we do need feedback to make that happen. Let us know what you would like to see on this site and we will do our best to make that happen.

Posted by on 29 October 2010 | 6:29 am

What is supported volunteering?

Supported Volunteering refers to schemes where volunteers receive additional support in order to carry out their volunteer roles. A volunteer may require extra support for a variety of reasons. For instance, they could: - be lacking in confidence after a long period of unemployment - have physical disabilities or health conditions - have learning disabilities - have mental health issues - be homeless - be striving to break patterns of negative behaviour, such as gambling or drug misuse - be a non-English speaker

Posted by on 15 October 2010 | 7:19 am

Get involved in World Mental Health Day – 10th October 2010

The 10th October 2010 (10/10/10) is World Mental Health Day. This is a day, celebrated around the world, to talk openly about mental health, raise public awareness and try to challenge some of the stigma and misinformation around mental health conditions. In the U.K, a number of organizations are organizing events to celebrate.

Posted by on 6 October 2010 | 7:29 am

Beginning the journey: Proactive Recruitment

In order to widen the diversity of your volunteer pool and attract volunteers with additional support needs, your recruitment will need to be proactive. How are these new volunteers going to know about your supportive practices? How are they going to know about the opportunities available to them? This is where proactive recruitment will be needed. A good volunteer involving organisation will reach out to those volunteers who would not normally be engaging with your organization.

Posted by on 18 September 2010 | 2:49 pm

Thoughts into actions: Policies and procedures

So, you have thought about Awareness and you have thought about accessible formats for your policies and procedures. So what comes next? Before you begin your recruitment, you will need to know how to structure that process and what policies and procedures you will need in place.

Posted by on 19 August 2010 | 9:54 am

Start from the very beginning: Thinking about recruitment

In order to successfully recruit and support volunteers with support needs, there needs to be some planning before the recruitment process takes place. This planning is needed to ensure that your organization is accessible and ready to take on volunteers with additional support needs.

Posted by on 6 August 2010 | 12:34 pm

Supported Volunteering: A volunteer’s view

I remember a time when I was scared to meet new people, afraid of letting them down. I could not commit to anything for the same reason. I was desperate to do something but didn't know how I could given the state of my mental health. I was never sure how I would be one day to the next and finding someone who understood that would be very difficult.

Posted by on 26 July 2010 | 10:05 am

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-07-09

RT @mentalcapital : Positive changes in attitudes to mental health problems taking place in the UK # RT @mentalcapital: Link2the full report RCPsych released today about the way ppl who self-harm are let down in the NHS. # RT @ThirdSectorLab: The micro-sociology of networks {slides} # @vol_managersAVM […]

Posted by on 9 July 2010 | 6:10 am