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.


Peer Learning Workshop: Recruiting and retaining volunteers aged 50+

Wednesday 5 September 2018, 10am – 12pm
15% of Tower Hamlets residents are aged 50+ and 9% are aged 60+. The 65+ age group is expected to increase by 34% by 2028 (Age UK and LBTH statistics). Volunteers aged 50+ can be a hugely valuable resource, bringing a wealth of skills, work and life experience. However, they are not a homogenous group, and can range from busy senior business people (who may not think of themselves as ‘older’), those working part-time and looking after grandchildren, people approaching retirement and looking for activities, as well as retired people some of whom might volunteer in several places.
The session will be led by James Atkins, Volunteer Manager at Notting Hill Genesis. Their V50 project recruits and trains volunteers aged 50+ to provide befriending to people aged 50+ with mild to moderate mental health problems. James will be sharing his experience of the successes and challenges of recruiting and retaining V50 volunteers. You will also be able to share your experience and discuss solutions and strategies.
This practical Peer Learning session will look at:
- Some of the barriers to volunteering that older people commonly face, based on research (still working, low incomes, looking after grandchildren)
- Strategies for addressing some of these barriers
- Use of terminology (‘older’, ‘50+’, ‘retired’, ‘mature’, ‘experienced’ etc)
- Appropriate messaging and places to advertise
- Roles that appeal to older volunteers
- Measures to retain older volunteers
- The session will take place at a venue in E1 (details to be confirmed).

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