Volunteers’ Week Celebration and Training Event, 2nd June 2009
Chris Wagstaff and Richard House from the Volunteer Centre Team attended a day with a difference at the New Bath Hotel, Matlock organised by Volunteer Centres Derbyshire.
The keynote address was delivered by Sean Cobley, Director of the Association of Volunteer Manager (AVM) who presented some sobering statistics which indicated that volunteer managers still have a lot to do to support volunteers. Sean explained that AVM were available to provide support, help and advice to volunteer managers to improve the way things are done.
Harry Singha from the Youth Coaching Academy was next up delivering a motivational session. He warned us he could talk forever and appointed a member of the audience to shout at him ten minutes before he was due to finish. He certainly proved he could talk but an hour and twenty minutes went in a flash – certainly a lot to take from his session about motivation and inspiration.
A pleasant lunch in a lovely setting on a beautiful day oiled the networking wheels very well.
There was to be no nodding off in the afternoon with two interactive presentations by the Oddsocks Theatre Company focusing on inter-generational volunteering. The first challenged some preconceived ideas and also posed questions about good practice. The second session helped us to understand better how we communicate (or don’t).
Altogether a day with a difference – Chris and Richard journeyed home having learned new things, been inspired and motivated, renewed or made new contacts but still somehow coming away with the feeling they hadn’t been at work!