Today Birmingham Settlement launched its brand new Volunteer Forum to give volunteers a place to share their ideas and influence the decision making process. A delegation of volunteers came from each of our two offices and our shops to discuss what the Volunteer Forum should be, how it would work, and how it can help to shape the volunteering programme. After first agreeing a vision for the Volunteer Forum we brainstormed ideas under a range of headings – including ‘training’, ‘support’, ‘communications’, ‘recognition’ and ‘services’ – for ways the volunteering programme could progress and the opportunities that are currently available or could be created for volunteers. The first meeting was both interesting and enjoyable and from it we have gained a long list of ideas that we will soon be looking at implementing. Overall the launch of our Volunteer Forum was a great success and will hopefully give volunteers a place to have their say on the issues that will affect them.
1st-7th June is national Volunteers’ Week! This week is about celebrating the contribution that volunteers make and the important impact volunteering has for the organisation and for the individuals themselves.
Everybody has a story to tell, and this Volunteers’ Week Birmingham Settlement are encouraging and enabling our volunteers to share theirs - why they started volunteering, what they’ve achieved through being here, and how volunteering has changed their lives.
We will also be increasing the representation volunteers have within our organisation by giving them a greater involvement in the decision-making procress through our upcoming Volunteer Forum.
And finally we will be stressing the importance of the individual over numbers, with the theme “More than money” to highlight that the contribution of volunteers is not just about boosting the economy or providing unpaid labour to organisations – but that volunteers have a complex array of backgrounds and needs that make their individual stories so crucial to understanding the benefit and impact of volunteering.
If you’re interested in volunteering take a look at our Volunteering page or our current Vacancies page to get an idea of the kind of activities you can do, or get in touch to discuss your skills and interests so that we can see how we can help.