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
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