Summary of focused session "Building an inclusive volunteering service" held on 9 December 2021
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20 December 2021 at 12:21pm
This discussion was just the ‘tip of the iceberg’, but a good start. There is a need to further discuss the volunteering possibilities for different disabilities to access volunteering and we will be organising further discussion sessions in the new year.
Here are a few of the key points from this discussion:-
Those who have a disability can often feel that volunteering is not for them because of the difficulties they may face.
By being supported, volunteering will build confidence and show the volunteer that they can achieve so much.
Some volunteers are supported by placement managers and there is a need to have an open door policy for volunteers to talk about any concerns they may have.
The community demographic should be reflected in the workforce.
Training for volunteer managers on how to have difficult conversations would be welcomed.
Many volunteer coordinators / managers feel that they don’t have the time for their own training but it is recognised that there is a need to focus on their own development needs as well as those of their volunteers.
Recruiting: Actively go out and talk to different community groups, agencies, schools and colleges.
- David Crossman from VANS shared two useful links