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  1. 1. Welcome to the Volunteering Workshop • Lizzie Saunders/Marie Godinot
  2. 2. 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)
  3. 3. Workshop Agenda 1. Getting to know one another 2. What is the local volunteering landscape like? 3. Why Volunteer? Why not volunteer? 4. The ‘Principles of Volunteering’ 5. ‘Rights and Responsibilities’ of a Volunteer 6. The Volunteering ‘Journey’ 7. How to apply to volunteer via do-it.org
  4. 4. Know each other
  5. 5. Know each other
  6. 6. 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 England www.volunteering.org.uk
  7. 7. Mayor of London on volunteering Walking to raise funds for a Hospice
  8. 8. Success Stories David -> accountant Hendri -> ECVS Sarah -> ECVS Stephanie Rickaby -> CORAM Ealing
  9. 9. 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
  10. 10. Why people volunteer? Top Four Reasons 1. To help people 2. Cause was important 3. Time to spare 4. Want to meet people and make Source: Institut for Volunteering Research new friends
  11. 11. 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
  12. 12. What may prevent people from actually volunteering? 1. Not enough spare time 2. Bureaucracy 3. Worried about risk & liability 4. Don’t know how to find out how to get involved 5. Haven’t got the right skills 6. Cost/expense
  13. 13. Why people volunteer? I've learned that you We make a living by shouldn't 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
  14. 14. The London Borough of Ealing
  15. 15. Statistics • Population in Ealing = 305,300 • Voluntary & Community Sector Groups in Ealing = nearly 1000 • Number of people that volunteer (40%*) = 116000 • *Citizenship Survey 2009 http://www.communities.gov.uk/documents/statistics/pdf/164191.pdf
  16. 16. Statistics 41% of adults volunteered formally giving unpaid help through a group, club or organisation 62% volunteered informally giving unpaid help as an individual to someone who is not a relative Source: 2008/09 DCLG Citizenship Survey
  17. 17. The Voluntary Sector
  18. 18. 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
  19. 19. Names? • Voluntary organisations • Ngos (non governmental organisations) • Not-for-profit / non-profit • Community groups • Third sector • Independent sector • Civil society • Social enterprises 19
  20. 20. The voluntary sector workforce Paid workers 668,000 (539,000 FTE*) Trustees (unpaid) 950,000 Volunteers 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
  21. 21. 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
  22. 22. Different causes • Social welfare • International development • Health • Arts • Heritage • Environment • Education 22
  23. 23. Types of jobs – service providing Care worker Youth worker Counsellor Housing worker Social worker Outreach Day centre Community worker manager worker Legal / benefits Help line Information Development advisor manager officer worker Advocacy Family Policy analyst Programme/ support worker therapist Project manager 23
  24. 24. Types of jobs - infrastructure Finance Human ICT Administrative officer Resources manager assistant manager Accountant Training Database Receptionist officer assistant Accounts Volunteers Computer Central assistant Co-ordinator Services services officer manager 24
  25. 25. Types of jobs – fundraising & communications Community Trusts Trading Internal fundraiser fundraiser manager communication s officer Events Donor Shops Publications organiser development manager assistant officer Legacy High level Press officer Marketing campaign Donor director manager development Corporate Direct Campaigns Website Sponsorship marketing officer developer 25 manager
  26. 26. Fundraiser Good communication Database knowledge Good interpersonal skills Working to deadlines Attention to detail Research skills 26
  27. 27. Administration Good organiser People management Good communicator Problem solving Budget management 27
  28. 28. 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
  29. 29. The Principles of Volunteering • CHOICE • DIVERSITY • RECIPROCITY • RECOGNITION
  30. 30. 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
  31. 31. 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.
  32. 32. 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
  33. 33. How to get what you want from volunteering…
  34. 34. 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?
  35. 35. 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?
  36. 36. Get ready for the interview About 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?
  37. 37. Click on advance search www.do-it.org.uk
  38. 38. Take Action: Make Contact Ask questions Arrange to meet them
  39. 39. 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 know how you get on
  40. 40. Start volunteering
  41. 41. Thank you! Ealing Volunteer Centre Freephone 0800 652 3183
  42. 42. Why should I volunteer? Ealing Volunteer Centre Ealing Community Resource Centre 63 Mattock Lane West Ealing W13 9LA