Volunteers' Week 2016 (1-12 June)
This year it has been extended by an additional five days, enabling more people than ever to take part. The focus of this year’s Volunteers Week is The Big Celebration, encouraging organisations to highlight stories of individuals who already volunteer and to identify volunteer champions who have made a huge difference within their communities through their volunteering effort.
Volunteers’ Week is a great way of saying thank you to all those who give so much time and energy and to encourage more people to volunteer. Volunteer Now coordinates Volunteers' Week in NI and they have lots of resources and further information available on their website.
We work with a wide range of organisations in the sector to help to build their capacity through information, advice, support and training. Many of these organisations involve volunteers as a crucial part of what they do and of course are managed by volunteer boards and committees. If you are a volunteer board member, the DIY Committee Guide website has a range of resources and guidance to help boards adhere to the principles of good governance.
We recently surveyed our members to ask what their development needs were in a range of areas and 20% of those that responded identified volunteer management as a key skills development area. We have worked with Volunteer Now Enterprises to develop and deliver the ILM Level 3 Award in Management of Volunteers. We are offering the Level 3 over two-days on 14 and 21 June. The course will give managers of volunteers the tools and skills to do their jobs more effectively, through developing their volunteering policy and motivating their volunteers. We still a few places available so if you are interested sign up here.
Tweet about what you're doing using #VolunteersWeekNI on Twitter.