Training for volunteer managers

Our workshops are designed to be interactive and to give you the chance to try out new ways of working in volunteer management, recruitment and retention.

FREE Volunteers’ Week Networking and Celebration Event for Volunteer Managers
Wednesday 6 June, 4pm to 6.30pm
VCTH is organising a networking event to celebrate Volunteers' Week 2018 and the contribution that volunteers and Volunteer Managers make to our community. This event is for Volunteer Managers. VCTH will provide nibbles and drinks.
You can drop in any time between 4pm and 6.30pm, so hopefully you can come along towards the end of your working day or after work. It’s a great opportunity to meet the VCTH staff team and other Volunteer Managers in the borough in a relaxed setting.
This event is free but booking is necessary. Please advise us of any dietary requirements. There will be vegetarian and alcohol-free options. The event will take place at Volunteer Centre Tower Hamlets, Norvin House, 45-55 Commercial Street, London E1 6BD. Book your place.
FREE* Peer Learning Session: Creating an inclusive environment for LGBT+ volunteers
Tuesday 12 June 2018, 10am – 12pm
Recent YouGov research shows that 35% of LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans +) people at work have hidden their identity in the last year because they were afraid of discrimination. Almost one in five have been the target of negative comments or conduct from colleagues in the last year because they are LGBT. Nearly one in five LGBT+ people who were looking for work reported that they were discriminated against because of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. So how can your organisation attract, support and retain LGBT+ volunteers and be truly inclusive?
This practical 2-hour Peer Learning session will cover:
- Legal requirements under the Equalities Act (on sexuality and gender reassignment)
- Issues and barriers faced by both younger and older (50+) LGBT+ volunteers
- What an LGBT+ inclusive/welcoming volunteer-involving organisation would look like in terms of policies, procedures and culture
- Best practice on volunteer recruitment, training and support of LGBT+ volunteers
- Further information, resources, checklists and toolkits
- Identifying practical actions to take back to your organisation.
The session will be led by Jim Glennon, Training and Policy Coordinator at Opening Doors London (a membership organisation providing information and support services specifically for older LGBT+ people in the UK) and Will Fletcher, Head of Operations at Diversity Role Models (who work to prevent homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in UK schools, utilising over 300 volunteer role models).
It takes place at Volunteer Centre Tower Hamlets, Norvin House, 45-55 Commercial Street, E1 6BD (note: venue subject to change).
The session is part of our activities to celebrate Volunteers’ Week 2018 (we are holding it the week after as many Volunteer Managers are busy during Volunteers’ Week).
• Our training programme is kindly subsidised by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets (LBTH) via a Mainstream Grant. This enables us to offer discounts to certain organisations.
• This session is FREE for voluntary and community sector organisations that are based in Tower Hamlets (must provide a Tower Hamlets postcode) and/or Mainstream Grant-funded (MSG) by Tower Hamlets Council.
• For any statutory and commercial organisations, or organisations not based in Tower Hamlets and/or not MSG-funded by Tower Hamlets Council, the cost is £60.

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