Volunteer Managers’ Update 3

There are quite a lot of bits and pieces of useful information to catch up on after a quiet couple of weeks on the blog, so this is going to be a bit of a marathon post.

In this update:






Vinspired National Awards

Do you know any volunteers aged 16-25 who deserve even more recognition for their volunteering?  Of course you do!

vinspired are taking nominations to recognise the fantastic contribution young people are making to the environment and other people through their volunteering. 

Check out http://www.vinspired.com/awards/national-awards/nominate and please get nominating!

 Vetting & Barring

Here at the Volunteer Centre, we are getting quite concerned that South Derbyshire groups and organisations do not seem to know enough about the major changes to the screening of staff and volunteers that are now just a few weeks away from becoming law. Our own briefing session was not well attended (actually no-one came to it!), so we are delighted that our colleagues at Amber Valley CVS are on the ball and are offering series of Information Roadshows. 

The first two dates will be Sept 15th & Sept 30th with other dates to follow throughout the year. 9.30am – Refreshments. 10am-12noon – Presentation followed by any questions.

Please call 01773 512076 or e-mail me to book a place. Places will be limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

We in South Derbyshire will also have another go at getting this information to you. meanwhile, please take a look at the Independent Safeguarding Authority website for news about Vetting & Barring

 We Love Our Jobs In The Voluntary Sector

 According to a survey carried out by YouGov for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, those of us who work in the voluntary sector have greater job satisfaction and security than workers in the public or private sector. The report, Employee Outlook: Job Seeking in a Recession, reveals that 71 per cent of voluntary sector workers are either satisfied or very satisfied with their job, compared with 64 per cent in the private sector and 63 per cent in the public sector.

 Village Halls and Licensing

Volunteers who run Village Halls may be affected by changes to the Licensing Act 2003 which came into effect on 29th July 2009.  

The Legislative Reform (Supervision of Alcohol Sales in Church and Village Halls) Order 2009 will allow volunteer committees managing community buildings to take joint responsibility for the sale of alcohol in their buildings instead of being required to appoint an individual as the Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS). Small communities, whether rural or urban, have found it very difficult to recruit and fund a volunteer DPS who was willing to take on the responsibility and the required training.

 Management committees will need to ensure that the sale of alcohol is included in their Premises Licence and be able to demonstrate clearly to their local licensing authority how they operate and that there will be appropriate supervision of alcohol sales at different types of events. 

For further information please contact the Derbyshire Rural Community Council’s Village Halls Advisor, Helena Stubbs on 01629 821925 or email Helena at h.stubbs@derbysrcc.org.uk.

25 Years of Homestart

Home-Start is 25 this year, and to celebrate they are holding a massive fun packed gala dinner. It is fantastic value for money with great food and entertainment and also some money can’t buy prizes up for grabs in the auction. See our blog post for more details and a link to a booking form


Free Finance Training for Groups

South Derbyshire CVS is running a series of training sessions with Derby Community Accountancy Service. Details in Free Training Flyer 2009-10(96KB). You can also sign up for the funding e-bulletin if you drop an email to office@sdcvs.org.uk or telephone 01283 219761.

 Jog Leaders Course

There is a Jog Leaders Course on Sunday 23rd August at Moorways Leisure Centre, Derby.

Lewis Adams, Community Sports Coach with South Derbyshire District Council is looking at setting up more jogging groups around South Derbyshire and your help is needed. Athough it will be a voluntary basis, you will be able to get the course for free and gain a recognised sports qualification England Athletics. The idea then will be for you to run your own sessions in an area of your choice. It’s a good chance to get some exercise for yourself!

Let Lewis know if you want in as places are limited. 01283 595772, 07989140980 or lewis.adams@south-derbys.gov.uk


Young People’s Volunteering Grants

Do you support groups who work with 16-25 year olds?
Global Charities, in partnership with Global Radio and v, the Youth Volunteering Charity, have launched the v young volunteer grants scheme for organisations across England. Grants of up to £10,000 are available for organisations that can provide NEW volunteering opportunities for 16-25 year olds. Volunteering opportunities must be delivered within England, by May 2010.

This is a fantastic opportunity to inspire more young people to volunteer and gain all the knowledge and skills that go with it!

For more details, contact vapplications@thisisglobal.com


Young People’s Development Officers

2 Full time posts covering the North and South of the County including Derby City. Scale £19179-£21034. Fixed-Term contract for 2 years.

Sporting Futures is a Derbyshirebased charity that works throughout the county, whose aim is to use sport as a catalyst to engage withyoung people enabling them to build meaningful relationships with family, friends and the wider community in which they live.

The organisation is one of only 25 across the country that has been successful in receiving funding from the Youth Sector Development Fund initially for a two year project.  

As part of the project we are looking for two highly motivated people to work alongside the current team of sport development officers, and volunteer manager to encourage, support and develop young people on our programmes to participate in Coach Education and volunteering.

The post holders will be expected to have a youth work and or sport development background and will be able to clearly demonstrate their experience of developing young people in community settings. 

For more information and an informal discussion please contact Sarah Clarke 01332 613156

Application packs can be requested from 01332 613156 or email info@sporting-futures.org.uk

Closing date for applications 24th August 2009 12 noon, interviews to take place 7th September 2009.

 Casual Coaches Required

Sporting Futures require level1 and 2 coaches in various sports to work on a casual basis during evenings, weekends and school holidays. We can offer anything from two hours a week to several evenings per week depending on your availability. 

 If you would like to find out more information and have an informal chat please contact Angela Doodson or Richard Kay on 01332 702630.


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