Volunteering Update

From time to time we get a big pile of useful information to pass onto you all at once; usually at the same time and just as things are really hectic here in the luxurious Volunteer Centre accomodation. So here’s another of our periodic mass update posts. If you want more information about a particular topic, click on its title in the contents list to be taken to the item with more details and (for most of them) a web link.


PDSA Call For Christmas Volunteers

 Animal lovers are being urged to donate some of their free time to the vetinary charity. More details on Community Newswire’s website

Derbyshire VCI Roadshow Coming Our Way

The South Derbyshire roadshow takes place on Monday 1 February 2010 between 9:00 and 13:00 at Woodville Youth Centre, Moira Road, Woodville, Swadlincote  DE11 8DG

You can download a Booking Form and Agenda.

South Derbyshire CVS Development Team Blog

Our colleagues in the Development team here at South Derbyshire CVS have their own excellent blog which is updated regularly. Their blog is of wide interest to voluntary organisations, whereas this blog is supposed to specialise in volunteering matters. Please take a  regular look at their home page for lots of great information.

Volunteer Rights Inquiry

Volunteering England is holding an inquiry to examine the issues and potential solutions around the subject of volunteer rights. The inquiry will meet three times between November and April 2010 and a report will be launched in spring 2010. You can have your say online on the Volunteer Rights Inquiry Webpages

Our Shared Resources

This is a new web site where those who work in the field of volunteer management can add useful resources and others will be able to access them. “With many people contributing a little we avoid re-inventing the wheel time and time again”.

OurSharedResources Website click here

Clinks Guides for Volunteering & Mentoring with Offenders

Clinks, a Volunteering and Mentoring organisation that  works with offenders and ex-offenders is launching four guides for mentoring projects. They have produced four guides on

  1. Managing Volunteers
  2. Demonstrating Effectiveness
  3. Setting up a Project
  4. External Quality Standards.

These guides aim to deliver the best possible support, advice, and guidance to prisons, probation and the third sector involving volunteers and mentors in working with offenders and ex-offenders.

The Volunteer Centre is trying to obtain copies of these guides when they are published early in the new year.

Volunteering England and TUC draw up ‘volunteer charter’

One of the volunteering issues that rears its head during a recession is “Job Substitution” – where volunteers take on work previously done by paid staff. 

Volunteering England and the Trades Union Congress have signed a ‘volunteer charter’ that says volunteers should not be used to displace paid staff or undercut their pay and conditions. More details are in an article on Third Sector Magazine’s website.

Volunteers Needed for Sport Relief Mile

Lewis Adams, Community Sports Coach at South Derbyshire District Council invites you to take part in volunteering for the above event.

The event is on Sunday 21st March from 9.00am until 1.00pm.  The Swadlincote Woodlands will be the venue for this local Sports Relief Mile and we will need a team of volunteers to take part in a variety of tasks on the day.

Activities for volunteers to get involved in will include marshalling, manning the welcome desk, registration procedures and giving completers their goodie bags.

If you would like to take part and volunteer on the day please get in touch with Lewis as soon as possible, telephone 01283 595772 or email lewis.adams@south-derbys.gov.uk.

If however you aren’t available to volunteer then why not take part in the event with your friends and/ or family!  Sign up on www.sportrelief.com and take part in this national event!


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