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