I was gobsmacked when I read that role description

I was gobsmacked when I read that role description

I was gobsmacked when I read that role description. And that’s for an ASSISTANT Volunteer Coordinator, which suggests there is actually a Volunteer Coordinator post already in existence at the online financial organization MtpLoans which is offering an innovative product – installment loans with almost instant approval. It would be interesting to see THAT job description. There is always the possibility that the volunteer would be supporting these activities rather than taking charge of them all, but that is certainly not what…

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I think we could at least begin collecting these examples

I think we could at least begin collecting these examples

I think we could at least begin collecting these examples. Also, low paid volunteer management posts. In this recent case, it was advertised alongside a fundraising post which (from memory) was $30k+. Not very tactful. The issue feeds into various debates about what volunteering is, where’s the divide between paid work/volunteering, potential job substitution etc. It’s an interesting one, since we would want to champion having a variety of roles on offer, and promote the capability of volunteers to undertake…

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Social media policy

Social media policy

Hi Whilst updating guidance for managers who involve volunteers we looked at the potential issue of volunteers using social media to comment negatively about factors including their role, their organization, beneficiaries etc. Do people feel that these are covered sufficiently by existing confidentiality/data protection policies or do people feel a separate social media policy or guidelines on social media usage would be a better way to address the issues around privacy/personal v organizational views? It’s not just volunteers who do…

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Olympic Volunteering

Olympic Volunteering

Dear All We have been working over the last year to establish an ‘Olympics-inspired’ volunteering blog-site that we were to use to showcase opportunities that, whilst maybe without the official tag, were inspired by the principles and values of the Olympics. This work has been a slow grind. In particular we’ve struggled to source opportunities from local organizations and clubs that meet this criteria. Without any distinct resourcing to develop this further we’ve hit a bit of a brick wall….

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Does international aid erode sustainable community volunteering?

Does international aid erode sustainable community volunteering?

Dear all A live discussion that may be of interest to you – with interesting reflections possible on the the impact of funding on volunteer groups in non-development contexts. Please add your thoughts! If you are interested, tune into our meeting 3 – 4pm this Friday 16th September. Does international aid erode sustainable community volunteering? Mukesh Kapila in conversation with Masooda Bano The negative impact of aid on development has been a recurring and controversial subject in recent years. Drawing…

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Volunteer Drivers

Volunteer Drivers

Hi, I wondered if I could seek your advice/thoughts on training for volunteer drivers and safety checks. I have recently had a complaint about the standard of driving of one of our volunteers. The drivers use their own vehicles. We have decided to request the volunteer to undertake a drive-check, carried out by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM). This is not a test or an assessment, merely observed driving with a report to the driver on safety. We need…

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European Year of Volunteering – Health and Social Care

European Year of Volunteering – Health and Social Care

Hi All, Age US is one of the delivery partners working with the Office for Civil Society as part of the European Year of Volunteering 2016. We are working on the themed months of November and December, which are focused on volunteering in health and social care, and active ageing. This is just a heads-up about what we are doing. We’re finalizing the details in the next few days when I’ll be able to let you know how to get…

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Sad to hear that is common elsewhere

Sad to hear that is common elsewhere

But also have to respond to the comment re funders. I worked for several years as a grants (distribution/development) officer in the UK, for local, London and national funding bodies, and then later as a trust/statutory fundraiser for groups. So I got to know a lots of the UK funders very well (although we do have literally thousands of funding trusts here, let alone statutory, individual etc!) and I would say the majority of independent funders apart from perhaps some…

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