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
DBS/ 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
Rotherham Volunteer Centre’s Volunteer Management Toolkit.
We’ve prepared some handy, bitesize guides, to help you in your role managing volunteers. We’ve started at the beginning from; involving volunteers, right through to motivating them and dealing with problems. You can view the bitesize guides here…
For more help in managing volunteers, please contact Kerry McGrath on
Tel: 01709 834451 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit the training courses section on our website for dates of our volunteer management training courses that we deliver throughout the year.