Volunteers are essential to the work we do in community, and access to up-to-date resources can help organizations with their volunteer recruitment, management, training, and recognition, as well as learn about trends, issues, and opportunities in the volunteer sector in BC.
Innovative and Effective Approaches to Volunteering in the CBSS Sector
Did you miss the webinar April 30th webinar on volunteering? You can access the webinar slides here and view a recording of the webinar here.
2019 National Volunteer Week - This year's theme was: “The Volunteer Factor – Lifting Communities.” The Volunteer Factor celebrates and recognizes the exponential impact of volunteers and how they lift our communities. While Volunteer Week has passed, any time is a goof time for activities to celebrate and thank your volunteers, and Volunteer Canada has a variety of information, tools, and templates available.
Allies in Aging's Volunteer Training Modules are designed to help volunteers and service providers better identify seniors who are isolated, understand their needs, and connect them with appropriate services and resources. Many of the training modules will connect you with resources you can download to conduct interactive workshops for volunteers and staff who work with seniors. Additional material is available for each module, for example, Fact Sheets on Risk Factors affecting Social Isolation of Seniors, such as Caregiver Burnout, Physical Health, Mental Health, Low Income, Life Transitions and Linguistic and Cultural Barriers.
The Screening Handbook:Tools and Resources for the Voluntary Sector, from Volunteer Canada, provides tools and resources to better match people and organizations, improve the safety and quality of programs in communities, and reduce risks and liability.
VOLUNTEER MANAGEMENT HANDBOOK: A Resource for Service-Providing Organizations Assisting Newcomers to Canada, also from Volunteer Canada, provides a general overview of the volunteer management process with a focus on volunteers supporting newcomers. It includes links to useful tools, resources and templates to help develop and implement these practices in your organization. Use this handbook as a road map to create or update policies, procedures and practices to fit your organization.
Volunteer BC provides many useful resources for volunteer management, and Vantage Point offers a series of volunteer position description templates, along with other organizational development tools and resources.