Vital Volunteering!

Bromsgrove and Redditch Network (BARN) is offering free workshops for people interested in volunteering.

The sessions are designed to help people who want to find out more about volunteering, gives a chance for people who have previously volunteered to discuss their experiences, and provides an opportunity for those thinking about volunteering to ask questions and receive support.

“Lots of people like the idea of volunteering, but don’t really know how to start or what’s involved,” Gary Roskell, the Chief Executive of BARN, said. “As we’re the local Volunteer Centre we were keen to de-mystify it a bit, and help people find out a bit more. We also wanted to support people who volunteered already, but just needed a bit of extra support or training.”

Sessions will range from working with people to first aid, and are completely free thanks to an Awards for All grant. They will be held at Bromsgrove venues between October and February. Places are limited though, so if people are interested they need contact BARN on 01527 60282 or email office@barn.org.uk to find out more or book a place.

The first two Bromsgrove sessions are

Friday 16th October – Introduction to Volunteering

Interested in volunteering? This session is a great introduction, looking at different ways in which people can volunteer, and the benefits you can get and the difference you make. You’ll also find out how to find and access opportunities, such as the Do-it website and volunteer centres.

Friday 13th November 2015 – Volunteering: Working with people

This workshop will help boost your confidence in a range of situations. It covers the basics of communicating with people, whether that be colleagues, customers or visitors, and includes face-to-face, telephone and email communications. We’ll also look at how to listen, help you with assertiveness when you need it, and how to handle difficult situations.

You can download the press release here:
BARN News release – Vital Volunteering

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2 thoughts on “Vital Volunteering!

  1. Hi there, I only found out about the Barn yesterday but would have been particularly interested in the first aid course for myself and other ladies looking to lead rides. If you have any more dates planned could you please let me know asap so that we don’t miss out again,
    Thanks
    Deb.

    • Hello Deb,

      Please find below details of our upcoming workshops in Bromsgrove which are aimed at existing volunteers or anyone interested in becoming a volunteer:

      Working With People, Friday 13th November, 10am-12pm, Methodist Centre, Bromsgrove

      This workshop will help boost your confidence in a range of situations. It covers the basics of communicating with people, whether that be colleagues, customers or visitors, and includes face-to-face, telephone and email communications. We’ll also look at how to listen, help you with assertiveness when you need it, and how to handle difficult situations.

      From Volunteering to Employability, Wednesday 25th November, 10am-12pm, Amphlett Hall, Bromsgrove

      A new workshop designed to help those that would benefit from volunteering to help gain employment. The workshop will cover how volunteering can improve employability, a look at the skills to be gained from volunteering, helping to identify the right volunteer role to reach your goals, transferable skills gained whilst volunteering, and using volunteer experience on a CV, job application and at interviews.

      Please contact us on 01527 60282 or office@barn.org.uk if you would like to book any places. We are also in the process of arranging dates for:

      – First Aid – December, date TBC

      – Staying Safe (including Health & Safety and the law, how to carry out a risk assessment, fire/emergency arrangements) – January, date TBC

      – First Aid – February, date TBC

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