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Bringing together volunteer managers
to create links, partnerships and share best practice

 
'Recruiting Ex-Offenders as Volunteers Safely and Fairly'
 

The last CVS Volunteer Managers Network Meeting was held at New Life Church in Congleton on December 7th 2017 and focused on 'Recruiting Ex-Offenders as Volunteers Safely and Fairly'. This meeting featured presentations from Eddie Tarry (Community Engagement Manager - Reducing Reoffending team at HMP Styal) and Glenn Makin (Peer Support Worker at Shelter) which will focued on:
 

- The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (including recent changes)
- Spent Convictions and what these mean
- Managing risk when recruiting Ex-offenders as volunteers
- Challenging perceptions
 

Plus feedback from groups who successfully work with and manage ex-offenders as volunteers, and the chance to discuss concerns and best practice. Attendees found the meeting to be very usefeul and engaging and was able to ask thier questions directly to our expert guests.

We at CVS are glad to be able to bring this presentation to you in full, if you or your orgainsation are hesitant or have concerns about recruiting ex-offenders as volunteers the below presentations will sure to be informative. 

 

The Volunteer Managers Network is a series of meetings planned quarterly throughout the year, and gives volunteer managers the opportunity to meet others in similar roles from organisations across Cheshire East to network, create links and partnerships, and share best practice. During these network meetings we deliver workshops, action learning sets, presentations, specialist talks and activities to bring knowledge, experience and skills together in one place where we can learn from each other.


The agenda for each meeting is led by volunteer manager's and feedback is collected at each meeting to help plan the following network event. Subjects covered recently include 'Working with Volunteers and Social Media', 'Developing a Volunteer Strategy' and most recently we led an action learning workshop where volunteer managers brought 'real problems' they face every day when working with volunteers and worked in groups to look at possible solutions, ideas and preventative measures.

The network events are held at various venues across Cheshire East to allow participation by everyone, so if you have a free venue to use for future events please contact mark.smith@cvsce.org.uk