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Hi everyone,

Volunteers week is over, the dust is settling and we're already getting back into the normal swing of things. With the change in weather comes a large increase in the number of Employer Supported Volunteering placements requested by local businesses. It's a good time to have a think about any projects you may have that require lots of hands. It's not unusual for groups to ask for a little fundraising to be part of the day as well - For example, if you need your garden weeded & sorted, you might ask them to fundraise for some plants to go in it at the same time. Worth some thought, but if you have any ideas or any questions around ESV then let me know.

We've got some great bits coming up over the next few months - a really interesting Friday forum on the 1st July on Collaboration on Grants & Funding and Adult Safeguarding. We also have a series of training coming up covering all aspects of Volunteer Management. Updates for Volunteers on Benefits and free Tool Kits!

You can also book on early to our Volunteer Coordinators Forum for September.
Collaboration?
Our next series of Friday Forums will focus on:
  • Collaboration between voluntary sector organisations in SCC's next round of grants and contracts under the Early Intervention and Prevention programme.
  • Adult Safeguarding.
  • How to better publicise your charity using local radio and other media.
  • The city's Cultural Strategy, and opportunities to work with arts and cultural organisations.
Friday July 1st
9.15 - 11.15: Developing collaborative models: An open discussion to look at potential models for partnership working in both grant applications and contract bidding.  This session with build on the themes from the recent SVS Facilitating Collaboration events, and discussions held at Age Uk.
 
11.30 - 12.45: Adult Safeguarding: Fiona Bateman, Chair of Southampton Local Safeguarding Adults'  Board:  This session will explore issues surrounding safeguarding vulnerable adults in Southampton.

The Friday Forums are free and there is no need to book, it's also a great opportunity to network with other groups in the city.
Tool Kits!!
 
Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG) and National Care Forum (NCF) have launched the Volunteer Management Toolkit to mark volunteers week. The toolkit supports managers to create volunteer roles which enable people to make a real difference to local social care services. It also looks at how to take an inclusive approach to volunteering. 
Training - SCRATCH
 

1) Food Safety Level 2 training 9-4.30, Thursday 14th July. cost £40 per person and
2) Fire Warden training, 9.15-1pm, Monday 1st August. cost £25 per person.

 

We may well have a few places available on both these courses if other organisations wish to book places please contact Annie - annie@scratchcharity.co.uk

AVM Conference

The Association of Volunteer Managers has confirmed the date for the 2016 conference. 16th October 2016. Already lined up are session on volunteer and the law and how to manage paid staff and volunteers working together. The conference is charged (AVM members get a much discounted rate) and in London.
Looking for a new Volunteer Management System? 
Annie has also mentioned that SCRATCH have had a local IT company who designed and built their new volunteer database at very reasonable rates. She has very positive comments about them and their understanding of small/medium sized charities:

 

http://www.itworksforbusiness.co.uk/

Andrew Taylor

07711 332243

info@itworksforbusiness.co.uk

 

If anyone is interested and wants to talk to Annie about their experience of working with them let her know: annie@scratchcharity.co.uk

Volunteer Management Training!
 
The Volunteer Development Team will be introducing a series of 6 Volunteer Management Training Sessions covering all aspects of Volunteer Management. Our first session will be a one off topic - covering both introducing volunteer management and problem solving with volunteers. These training sessions will currently be free of charge to organisations.
 

We understand that training taking place between 9-5 Monday to Friday will not suit everyone. The first sessions we run will be during these times, however, we will look to run out of hours sessions later on if we receive the demand for it.
This is certainly not the place to be getting political. But the referendum result will have an impact on the sector. Stuart Etherington CEO of the NCVO released this statement following the result on Friday morning. They are also running a free webinar looking at the implications on the vote on the 7th July, which you can sign up for here.
Volunteering on Benefits
Working with the Government, the NCVO have just re-launched guidance for those volunteering on while on benefits. While a lot of information remains the same there are some changes. It's a good link to keep in case any of your volunteers query it with you. We will be re-launching our website guidance shortly. But the key points:
  • You can still volunteer while on benefits
  • You can still claim expenses but make sure you keep a record of what was claimed to show it is not a form of income.
  • Be upfront with your adviser and let them know you're thinking of / have started volunteering.
  • There are no capped hours for volunteering - however, on Universal Credit you will still need to show you are doing other Work Search Related Activity for half of the time.
There is just one small issue with the information that has come to us, and that is it states you can volunteer with "local business". We have queried this with the NCVO and await confirmation on this point.
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