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Vikki from the University of Stirling (as part of a cross organisational team) has recently completed a 3 year study into the role of volunteers in dementia care. This blog provides a very useful overview of their findings.
Over the last year I've been delivering online sessions on volunteer management for participants from all over Scotland. There are lots of different reasons why online learning appeals to organisations.
So next week is Volunteers’ Week, the annual celebration of the volunteers who give their time to help make a difference across the country. But how to recognise their contribution?
I’ve been doing some reading for my Exploring Volunteer Practice sessions that are coming up, and it would seem that ‘word of mouth’ is still considered to be one of the most effective ways of attracting new volunteers.
In my earlier blog, ‘The impact of evaluating volunteering’ I asked two questions; What are we trying to measure? And who are we doing this measuring for?
We all know what it’s like to join a new organisation, either as a volunteer or a member of staff; there’s loads to learn and sometimes it can take a while to understand everything you need to know.
We often talk about how communication is crucial to building effective relationships with volunteers and supporting them fully in their roles, but perhaps we need to talk about how many volunteers one person can manage at a time...
We loved last week’s Thoughtful Thursdays from VMmovement; it was a creative way to talk about current issues, or ‘fashion trends’, in volunteer management and it generated a lot of discussion on Twitter...
We talk a lot about management when it comes to supporting volunteers but rarely do we talk about becoming leaders in our field.
I’ve been speaking to a number of organisations recently who have raised some interesting points around evaluating volunteering. One volunteer manager mentioned that they’re good at asking people to complete evaluation forms at the end of everything they deliver, but they’re not really sure about what to do with the information...