Bringing together volunteer managers to create links, partnerships and share best practice
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 email@example.com
Upcoming Network Meetings
Wednesday 15th May 2019 6-8.30pm at CVS Cheshire East, 11 Hope Street, Sandbach, Cheshire, CW11 1BA
This event has been planned in the evening for those unable to attend in the daytime. If successful we will plan further evening / weekend networking events (as well as our usual calendar of daytime events). To book onto this event please see the 'Calendar of Events' and follow the link.
Thursday 5th September 2019 1-3.30pm (Venue TBC)
Wednesday 11th December 2019 1-3.30pm (Venue TBC)
Connect with the community
Fill out the linked webform and join this network's mailing list, be kept up to date on all the goings on around the network including dates and agendas for upcoming meetings.
Previously covered topics
It was a great turnout at the recent Volunteer Manager’s Network Meeting in July with 23 Volunteer Managers coming together from across Cheshire East to share best practice, network and build relationships. The main topic for this meeting was ‘Engaging volunteers right from the start’ and it was a great opportunity for our Marketing and Design Manager to present CVS’s brand new Volunteer Campaign ‘Make Good Things Happen’ and how volunteer managers can help make this a success! Keep an eye on the CVS website for the date of the next network and register here for emails about forthcoming network events.
The December 2017 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 focused 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 useful and engaging and were able to ask their 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 organisation are hesitant or have concerns about recruiting ex-offenders as volunteers the below presentations will sure to be informative.