When the pandemic first hit and we found ourselves in a quickly-changing environment, we needed a way to keep in touch and have a space where our volunteers could voice their concerns and ask questions. As a result, Volunteer Voice was introduced.
These monthly Zoom sessions have been a great way to come together, to hear organisational updates from our Chief Executive Officer, Nick, and other members of staff, and to hear from each other.
We receive positive feedback from those of you who attend the sessions and we understand it’s important to keep Volunteer Voice as a space to connect. However, as we’ve started to return to a more normal way of living, we’ve seen a decrease in the number of volunteers attending.
Feedback tells us this is for a number of reasons, such as Zoom fatigue, personal commitments and returning to face-to-face activity and fundraising again.
For these reasons, we’ll be changing the Volunteer Voice schedule from once a month to once every two months. Therefore, Volunteer Voice sessions will be running in July, September and November in 2022. We hope by making this change, more of our volunteers will be able to join us, though the sessions aren’t compulsory.
What’s staying the same?
As well as hearing from Nick Moberly, our Chief Executive Officer, each session will have a theme based on updates or projects which may be of interest to volunteers. After this 15-minute segment, the rest of the session is dedicated to discussion and responding to questions or queries.
We understand you don’t always know what questions you want to ask when you sign up. So, we’ll continue to contact everyone who has signed up, to invite them to submit questions by email a few days before the event.
We’ll be scheduling Volunteer Voice on different days in the last week of the month.
We’ll continue to hold a 15- minutes at the end of the session so that those who wish to can carry on and finish conversations.
Tell us what you want to hear about
We have some ideas about future topics for Volunteer Voice, but we want to be guided by you. So, if there’s a particular issue you’d like us to cover, or an area of our work you’d like to hear more about, do let us know at [email protected]
Our next Volunteer Voice session
Our next session is on Friday 29 July at 2pm where we'll be hearing about the cost of living crisis, and the support the MS Society can offer.