Andy Lynch's Testimonial

Volunteer Management - The Essentials 

Andy Lynch talks about his experience at our most recent Essentials course. 

East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture Trust (EDLC) have implemented the W.A.L.K project for a two year period, in order to help increase the physical activity levels of the local area, using health walks as the catalyst. The ambition is to create a walking network within the locality that will provide a sustainable lead service by volunteers and the third sector.

In order for this project to be successful there are many elements which need to be considered: where do we get volunteers? Who should we be networking with and creating effective links? What policies and procedures need to be in place? How can EDLC support and encourage volunteers to be a part of the W.A.L.K project?

These are only just a few which are imperative for a volunteer infrastructure to be achieved within the EDLC W.A.L.K project and which were discussed and explored in great detail during this course.

Attending the 3 day Volunteer Management training in Stirling over a two months period provided an excellent learning opportunity to hear what the participants we’re currently delivering through their local volunteers, but also we were able to apply the knowledge gained from the training into our roles.  

It was beneficial learning from their experiences and being able to ask questions and discuss within in group. This helped identify were EDLC could apply certain approaches which have been successful elsewhere. Moreover, it helped that we could trial stuff in work between training days and feedback it back to the group, discussing alternative methods and approaches to improve on.

Participating on this course with limited experience was daunting at first but the tutors were excellent at encouraging everyone to be open and explore different ways of learning; always directing it back to our roles within the organisation. This was an effective approach to get everyone thinking of where their organisation can improve and what needs to be implemented.

Establishing the appropriate role profile for the volunteers provides clarify of the expectations from the organisation. This in turn helps create a clearer understanding when the initial meetings take place; setting the correct standard for all volunteers progressing through the induction process into their role within the project.

I am fairly new into this post and have a long way to go to achieve our outcomes however; attending this course has given me the fundamentals to plan and implement the correct approach in sustaining a volunteer infrastructure for the success of this W.AL.K Project. Furthermore, having the knowledge to support and encourage every volunteer.

Andy Lynch

W.A.L.K. Development officer 

East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture Trust