Volunteer Co-Ordinators Newsletter & Updates
The Volunteer Co-Ordinators group is a peer network of volunteer co-ordinators and managers from around Southampton.

October 2015


So the weather is turning and days are getting shorter but there's still lots to be positive about and look forward to! I hope those of you who attended the conference enjoyed themselves and had an interesting day - for those who attended my workshop I haven't forgotten the follow up I promise! Personally, I thought Sir Stuart Etheringtons Key Note speech was a highlight.

For those of you who came to the volunteering workshops - I have not forgotten the feedback from the Stop-Start-Continue, you will receive it shortly!

It never seem to slow down in volunteering does it? As soon as the summer season has finished we're looking to Christmas and celebration events. We're currently busy finishing off plans for the 100 Hour Celebration Event on the 27th October, which will swiftly be followed by our Celebrating SVS Volunteers Event and the VCQA Accreditation, and the launch of our new website!

I went to a really interesting workshop on Accessibility & Volunteering which really got me thinking about supported volunteering and how as volunteer managers we can make our volunteering opportunities accessible to all. But while I was looking into it when I got back into the office I stumbled across Chances4Volunteering which have a really interesting library of information.

Bit of a short newsletter this month, still lots going on though - don't forget to book on the Do-It training sessions and the next VCG Meeting :)

Dates for your diaries...

Volunteer Coordinators Group are meeting on Monday 14th December at 10am at the Voluntary Action Centre. The agenda has yet to be confirmed as yet, but you're able to book here.

Southampton Voluntary Services are starting our First Friday Forums, these events will run surprisingly on the First Friday of every month and provide workshops, guest speakers, networking and discussion topics for all around the sector. We'll provide the topics and the tea & coffee, you bring yourselves and your packed lunch. The our first First Friday Forum will be on the 6th November. More information further down the newsletter.

Do-It Training, we will be running 2 training sessions about managing your own Do-It profile (or Self-Serve) before the big switch at the start of December. So that we could try and accommodate everyone we'll run the session twice - Once on the 5th November at 2pm, the second on the 11th November at 6pm. Please book on these sessions in advance. This is not official training from the IVO (the organisation behind do-it). But from my experience of the website - some tips and tricks as well!


 Is your organisation planning something new for Christmas? Need some extra hands in the build up? Please let me know if you need volunteers by the 2nd of November. Pop me an email with a role description or complete this form and email it back to me at

Something to consider this year, and I found this blog really interesting to read this morning, and yes I know it's based around Thanks Giving but in the lead up to the festive season I do think its a good idea for those 12th hour calls of groups wanting to help.

St George’s Grant 2016
Can you Volunteer?
Calling community voluntary representatives to be part of the St George’s Grant Panel!

SVS in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce (via Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation HIoWCF) are in the process of administering the above mentioned grant.
SVS are seeking community voluntary sector representation on this grant panel to ensure that the process is fair and transparent. The Grant panel will meet week beginning 30th November. Exact date and time to be confirmed dependent on registering interest.
SVS are looking for 1 community/voluntary sector representative on the panel. The panel will be made up of a selection of experienced panel individuals from SVS, business and community/voluntary sector.
If this is something of interest to you or you have grant panel experience or are part of a community voluntary group that has been successful in obtaining a St George’s Grant in the past but would like to know how decisions are made at a panel meeting to see things from a funder’s perspective please contact Auran Sood, Funding and Fundraising Development Worker on:
Or T: 023 8021 6013
Training/briefing will be given to undertake role. Time to be determined.
Dependent on the level of interest the successful panellist will be picked from a hat.
Tweet for Trustees!

November 2nd is National Trustees week, to promote the role of trustee and how vital it is for an organisation we're running a Tweet for Trustees campaign throughout the week. This will be a mixture of comments from trustees, promotion of trustee positions available and benefits of being a trustee. Please let us know if you are looking for a trustee and also don't forget to include your twitter handle if you're on twitter so we can link you to the campaign. To be included we will need to know by close of play on the 23rd November


Only a few more times will I mention this before the end of the year and then I promise I won't mention it for a while! The training for Do-It has been scheduled you can find links to this under "Dates for your Diaries" we will be sending emails out to everyone who advertises on Do-It shortly. PLEASE keep your eye out for this email as it will include important information about what to do next.

We hope for the new website to up and running from the 1st December. All Do-It applications that we send you between then and now will have a notice about it. Please contact me if you have any questions or queries or concerns. With a little help from you, the transition will be as smooth as possible.

St George's Day Grant

A one off opportunity has arisen for community and voluntary organisations to apply for a grant of up to £100 to celebrate St George’s Day, 23rd April 2016, or the week it falls (Mon 18th - Sun 24th April 2016) in Southampton.

The aim of this grant is to bring communities together to celebrate our country’s national day, to explore what it means to be English in our modern multicultural communities and to get to know one another.  This could be with a community lunch or activity day, for example.  We are particularly interested in events that will bring different groups of people together – such as people who are different ages or from different backgrounds.


To help you do this Southampton Voluntary Services and the Chamber of Commerce (via Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation HIoWCF) are offering a contribution of up to £100 towards the costs of each event your organisation is holding. The deadline for applications is Monday 23rd November at 5pm and we will notify you of the outcome and pay you before Christmas. Please contact Auran Sood, Funding & Fundraising Development Worker for any queries or support on 023 8021 6013 or email her at

What's going on online?

I've been hearing a lot at the moment about looking away from Millenials for Volunteers and look more towards recruiting the retiring Baby Boomers.

Are you turning potential volunteers away without evening knowing?

How to set up your own Micro-Volunteering project...

Nominate your Charity Trustee!

Changes have been made and new guidance on Charity Employees and Whistleblowing. This gives you a quick overview and some useful links.

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