Last year we held a number of events as part of a review of the support we provide to our local groups. These Volunteer Voice events were well received by those who attended and provided an opportunity for volunteers to meet with senior staff, discuss issues and suggest ways that we can better support you to meet the challenges you face.
Volunteers told us that they felt decisions affecting local groups are often made without proper input from those most affected. They also thought that the national organisation does not always appear in sync with the realities faced by our groups working in the community.
In response to this, we want to increase the number of opportunities for senior staff to visit groups and to create regular opportunities for volunteers to feed concerns and issues back directly.
We plan to run Volunteer Voice events on a monthly basis from May, alternating between face-to-face meetings held across the UK and virtual sessions using online video-conferencing.
The first event will take place online on 11 May from 11-12.30. Please visit our Volunteer Website here if you would like to take part.
Volunteer Voice is just one way that we would like to engage with you to make sure we learn from your experiences of volunteering with us. This year we will start putting into practice some of the other recommendations from last year’s review.
We are also working on new ways to ensure volunteers play a more important role in the way we make decisions affecting our local groups, so that we can support you in the best way we can.
Contact: Local Networks Team