GAVCA is using Pinterest to showcase the range of volunteering opportunities across the county as part of Gloucestershire's Volunteers' Week celebrations.
"We all know there is a huge range of volunteering opportunities in Gloucestershire – from gardening to girl guide leader, befriender to bee and diversity activist! It’s often difficult to explain in words why potential volunteers should get involved. So, for Volunteers’ Week this year we’ve decided to use photography to showcase the range of volunteering opportunities," said Volunteering Services Manager Gabi Gogan.
Voluntary groups are being urged to send photos of their volunteers in action to Gabi so that they can be added to a virtual volunteering pinboard, using Pinterest, to celebrate the county’s volunteering efforts.
It would be good if, along with the photo, organisations could say which volunteers are in the photo and briefly explain their role. All the photos sent to us will be pinned onto Pinterest and the best seven photos will be tweeted, one each day between June 1-7 on the GAVCA twitter accounts that have hundreds of followers!
Play Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, Parkinson's UK, North Cotswolds Community Timebank and the Greenbelt Festival have already submitted images for the Pinterest board.
GAVCA is working in partnership with Rathbone to offer local organisations & groups a free Level 3, work based qualification in Volunteer Management covering:
- How to supervise & support volunteers
- Promoting volunteer opportunities
- Motivating volunteers
- Managing risks associated with volunteering
- Developing structures, systems & procedures to support volunteering.
The Level 3 Volunteer Management qualification is accredited by City & Guilds and is provided by Rathbone. This is a work-based qualification and will include a variety of short question and answer projects, observations and reviews to complete. Learners will be assessed in their workplace by an assessor every four weeks.
An induction session will be organised before 16th June 2013, where the qualification and requirements will be explained in full.
IMPORTANT! Funding for this qualification means that:
- The deadline for signing-up will be Friday 31st May 2013
- You must be aged 16 or over
- You should be employed in a relevant/similar role
- You should not have a degree-level qualification or higher
- You will need to attend the induction session before 16th June 2013
The qualification will take between 1 year and 18 months to complete. This offer is available for a limited time only and places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
New Philanthropy Capital (NPC) and Clinks have launched the first phase of a year-long project which will support Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) organisations working in criminal justice to identify, produce and use good quality evidence which will enable them to evaluate what works—and what doesn’t work—with offenders.
The project, which is funded by the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) will provide support and resources for organisations working in the criminal justice sector, helping them to evidence their effectiveness. This work is considered vital because of the increasing shift towards evidence based commissioning, including payment by results, as part of the Ministry of Justice’s ‘Transforming Rehabilitation’ plans.
NPC and Clinks are asking VCS organisations working in the criminal justice sector to complete a short survey on their current research and evaluation activities, areas of evaluation activity they would like support with and what that support might look like. The results of the survey will then inform the project as it develops, ensuring it is as useful as possible for the sector. The survey can be accessed here http://svy.mk/13qDnG9
Organisations can also sign up to one of a series of free ‘Improving your evidence’ events being held around the country, including one in Birmingham on June 25 and one in Cardiff on July 2. These events will offer the chance to discuss with other sector organisations and commissioners what makes good evidence, as well as to share and learn about effective monitoring and evaluation and ways of overcoming the challenges and barriers to these. It will also be another opportunity to feed into designing the support provided to organisations during the course of this project. To book a place and for further information visit http://bit.ly/108eqPo