Volunteers to benefit from new free digi-course

7 June 2019

Volunteers’ Week may be over but volunteering takes place all year round. A new and free online course will ensure volunteers have great experiences and are continually recognised.

OU ImageVolunteer Scotland has joined forces with The Open University to create Involving Volunteers, a digital learning module aimed at improving the volunteering journey.

The new course, officially launched today (Friday 7 June), is a first-time collaboration between Scotland’s National Centre for Volunteering and the OU’s Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership (CVSL).

Dr James Rees, Director of the CVSL, says: “The course covers all of the essential things organisations should consider to ensure volunteers have a positive volunteering experience. Volunteers contribute a massive amount to our society, so it’s vital that organisations understand the importance of supporting volunteers and communicating the real difference their contribution makes.”

Involving Volunteers is specifically designed to meet the needs of smaller organisations as Adrian Murtagh, Head of Business Development at Volunteer Scotland, explains: “Cost and location can be barriers to continuing professional development in the third sector. This course is free and delivered digitally, making it accessible to those who may not normally be able to access training due to budget and geographical constraints.”

On completion of the 14-hour course, all participants will receive a certificate and digital badge to recognise their achievement.

The course can be accessed via the Online Learning page on Volunteer Scotland or via the ‘Involving volunteers’ course link on OpenLearn.