Rotherham Volunteer Coordinators Network
What is the Rotherham Volunteer Coordinators Network?
The Rotherham Volunteer Coordinators Network was launched by the Volunteer Centre in April 2008. Volunteer Coordinators Meetings are an opportunity for the borough’s volunteer managers to come together in a friendly and supportive atmosphere to share information, discuss good practice and network.
“Thanks to you for a great forum, it is always really useful and today was no exception.” SYCIL
Who Can Attend? Anyone who manages volunteers in Rotherham (whether in a paid or unpaid capacity) can attend the meetings; you just need to book a place please so that we can plan the sessions effectively. Membership of this group is Free.
What Topics are Covered?
In previous meetings we have discussed:
Support and supervision
Motivation and retention
Celebration events for volunteers
CRB/ New Safeguarding guidelines
Recruitment and Induction
“Just wanted to say thank you for yesterday I really enjoyed the meeting and found it really helpful. The induction yesterday afternoon went down a storm I tried Tracey’s technique and it went swimmingly well.” Methodist Homes for the Aged
“Yesterday’s forum was really great. Really enjoyed it. It has boosted my confidence and I feel more creative and have been very productive since! The hand out on support and supervision and the group activity was excellent and I can now see more clearly where some of my strengths and weaknesses lie…..I am very much looking forward to the next one.” Rotherham Citizens Advice Bureau.
We have also looked at how we could work together on joint events in order to make the best possible use of available resources. Guest Speakers are also invited to support, to group, to explore a range of Volunteer Management topics. For example, we’ve enjoyed talks from Catch 22 around supporting volunteers with an offending history, Rotherham Job Centre to explore how best to support volunteers who are also job seekers and the RMBC Directions Team join us at regular intervals to identify free training opportunities for volunteers and staff.
Claire Tester from the RMBC Directions Team has also delivered Peer Coaching Training for members of the network.
Peer coaching offers a process through which each person acts as both coach and coachee to each other. It enables colleagues who work together to reflect on their practice, expand their thinking and develop deeper understanding of their team’s work or the work of other teams. It helps colleagues to share skills and ideas and solve work-related problems together in a structured relationship and hold each other to account for agreed improvements in performance.
Feedback from these sessions was extremely positive:
“The peer coaching session really got thinking about how I interact with colleagues and volunteers and how using non-directive coaching could help both me and them in their roles. It was delivered in a comfortable, safe environment and was fun and useful. It helped me think about how I think through a challenge and ways I could do this differently” – Emma Vizor, Crisis Skylight South Yorkshire
“This was an excellent session which was highly enjoyable and really made you think. It was good to see problems from a different way and the GROW model has been included into my volunteer supervisions. I was so impressed with the training that I recommended the session to my volunteers and two of our outreach volunteers took part in the peer coaching for volunteers session” – Kathryn Wild, Age UK Rotherham
“I found the Peer coaching training very useful to empower me to problem solve/make decisions. I have incorporated peer coaching into my own practice. It’s a great tool to keep me focused” – Mel Marshall, Crossroads Rotherham
Dates of Forthcoming Meetings 2016-2017:
Thurs 18th May 2017 Extended Meeting 9am-12Noon hosted by Voluntary Action Rotherham, The Spectrum, Coke Hill, Rotherham, S60 2HX
March 2017 Minutes
Draft Agenda 18th May 2017 – Review final plans for ‘The Big Volunteer Walk’ Tues 6th June 2017, Using Social Media to Recruit Volunteers and certificate presentations by The Learning Community
Wed 19th July 2017 9am-11am hosted by Crisis Skylight SY, Unit 3A Concept Court, Manvers Way, Rotherham S63 5BD (nr RSPB Old Moor same rbt)
Thurs 21st Sept 2017 9am-11am hosted by South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue at their Training Centre & Development Centre (Room 5), Beaver Hill Rd, Handsworth, Sheffield, S13 9QA
Tues 7th Nov 2017 9am-3pm approx hosted by Voluntary Action Rotherham, The Spectrum, Coke Hill, Rotherham, S60 2HX
Celebrate International Volunteer Managers Day with a combination of development and team building/relaxation activities.
Wed 17th Jan 2018 Jan 9am-11am hosted by Crisis Skylight SY, Unit 3A Concept Court, Manvers Way, Rotherham S63 5BD (nr RSPB Old Moor same rbt)
Thurs 22nd March 2018 9am -11am hosted by Crisis Skylight SY at Unit 3A Concept Court, Manvers S63 5DB
We recognise these meetings won’t be accessible to all organisations and groups. If you would like evening meetings to be scheduled periodically throughout the year then please get in touch. For more information or to book a FREE place, please contact Alison Thorp on Tel: 01709 834462 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org Please note that Alison works part-time Tues-Friday each week.
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