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The Future of Volunteering: Action Plan Skills for Volunteers Action Group “Our vision is of

The Future of Volunteering: Action Plan

Skills for Volunteers Action Group

Volunteering: Action Plan Skills for Volunteers Action Group “Our vision is of a society in which

“Our vision is of a society in which we will be united by our common concern for the well being of others; a society in which we enrich our own lives by enriching the lives of others through the giving of time.” (The Commission on the Future of Volunteering, 2008)

(The Commission on the Future of Volunteering, 2008) Action Group Aim Appropriately trained and developed
(The Commission on the Future of Volunteering, 2008) Action Group Aim Appropriately trained and developed
(The Commission on the Future of Volunteering, 2008) Action Group Aim Appropriately trained and developed

Action Group Aim Appropriately trained and developed volunteers with their skills being recognised.

Commission Recommendations

4.2 We recommend that time spent in formal volunteering should be acknowledged as a legitimate and important

part of an individual’s curriculum vitae and career development path.

5.1 We recommend that government, volunteer-involving organisations and the volunteer infrastructure endorse

an explicit commitment to train (and be trained) for all formal volunteers up to an agreed basic level. Beyond that, training must be made available, as appropriate to the individual circumstances and aspirations of the volunteer and to the needs of volunteer-involving organisations.

5.2 We recommend that government, volunteer-involving organisations and the volunteering infrastructure work

closely with further education colleges, adult and community education centres and higher education institutions

to develop training, which must be valued, accredited and recognised within and beyond the context of volunteering.

5.3 We recommend that government actively promotes and supports a coherent approach to accreditation and

training for volunteers and ensures that national standards for volunteer training are established.

Action Group Outcomes

Those who use and support volunteers in the private, voluntary and public sector to train and develop their volunteers and recognise their skills.

Identify all relevant government funding and provide information, as well as influencing all opportunities for funding.

Volunteer managers being aware of the skills agenda and seeing developing volunteer skills as a key part of their role - link with Skills for Volunteer Managers Group

1. Those who use and support volunteers in the private, voluntary and public sector to
1. Those who use and support volunteers in the private, voluntary and public sector to

1. Those who use and support volunteers in the private, voluntary and public sector to train and develop their volunteers and recognise their skills

a. an increase in the numbers of volunteers accessing training

Action

Resources

Responsibility & partners

Timescale

Measure

Progress

1.1 Ensure the planned meetings with the private, voluntary and public sector get the message out that it is vital to train and develop volunteers as well as staff and to recognise the skills developed through volunteering

Time

Volunteering

March 09

Schemes

take

full

Meetings with the private sector complete; LGA Conference held in April; voluntary sector summit held in March. This message communicated.

England

account

of

skills

developed

through

volunteering.

 

1.2 Work with the DWP to ensure the full

Time

Volunteering

March meeting

DWP

policy and

Public Sector Action Group have worked with the DWP and Jobcentre Plusto inform JCP staff. Meetings have been held and key messages communicated. VE’s Policy team have had significant influence over Welfare Reform Green Paper and VE have influenced the £8 million DWP investment in volunteering.

England

practice

reflects

potential

of

volunteering as a route

volunteering

as

a

to employment

 

route into employment is fulfilled

 

1.3 Revisit

and

explore

Time

Volunteering England and v

By June meeting

Publication can be disseminated to show

Discussions with the OTS resulted in a negative response. IVR have

getting

a

piece

of

work funded to look at volunteering and employability – liaise with the OTS and DWP
work funded to look at volunteering and employability – liaise with the OTS and DWP

work funded to look at volunteering and employability – liaise with the OTS and DWP on this. V and VE to continue to talk to government about this.

     

links

between

been commissioned to research volunteering and employability – this is due to be published in August. V are also researching the link between skills and volunteering – this to be jointly communicated.

volunteering

and

employability

1.4 Work with Jobcentre Plus to ensure their staff are encouraging people to volunteer and understand the

Time

Volunteering

 

At the next Public

Jobcentre Plus staff

Public Sector Action Group have worked on this with VE’s Policy and Information Team. An event was held by Jobcentre Plus to discuss the volunteering and ensuring advisors are giving out correct information. Revised guidance has also been issued.

England

Sector

meeting

understand

how

 

(January)

volunteering develops

skills which can be used in employment

benefits

of

volunteering and see

it

as a route to

employment – work with the Public Sector Action Group on this

 

1.5 To target careers advisors to make sure they are encouraging volunteering and see

Time

V

(Tracey)

and

March meeting

Careers

Advisors

Simon Surtees of Careers England attended June meeting. Careers England to communicate with their members about volunteering.

Volunteering

promote volunteering

England

to people as a gaining skills.

way of

links with volunteering

   

and

career

development.

1.6 VE to explore how the Sector Skills Councils include volunteers and their skills.

Time

Volunteering

 

March meeting

The group can discuss sector skills councils at the next meeting

Janet Fleming from the Skills for Managers Action Group has been appointed interim director of the Third Sector skills body. The relationship is ongoing. Final

England

          meeting with key messages about skills and development for volunteers
          meeting with key messages about skills and development for volunteers
         

meeting with key messages about skills and development for volunteers in August.

1.7 Mike and Michelle to discuss skills for volunteers at the next CEV and explore the possibility of the European Year of the Volunteer and funding for possible Skills work

Time

Mike Nussbaum

March

Mike to report on CEV meeting discussions at next meeting

Mike updated at June meeting. 2011 will be the European Year of the Volunteer.

1.8 Saskia/VE

Policy

Time

VE

(Saskia

June meeting

The group learns from the experiences of NCVO

The VE policy team has linked with NCVO.

Team

to

speak

to

Daggett/Stephen

NCVO

about

their

Brown)

 

European work

   

1.9 VE

Policy

Team

to

Time

VE

(Stephen

June meeting

The group can input into the work of trade

The

VE

policy

team

(Stephen

investigate

 

Brown)

Brown)

is

working

on

a

approaching

trade

unions

regarding

memorandum

of

understanding

unions

to

discuss

volunteering

and

with

the

trade

unions

due

for

skills

development

employability

consultation Summer 09.

 

and volunteering

   

1.10 Sophie

to

circulate

Time

VE (Sophie Pert)

June meeting

The

group

will

have

Complete

 

information

 

on

more

information

to

 

Employer

Supported

develop

ways

to

Volunteering

to

the

evidence

the

benefits

group.

of

volunteering

to

employers.

1.11 Sarah to send Reach case studies relating to volunteering and

Time

Reach

(Sarah

May

The case studies will

Complete

 

King)

evidence

how

 

volunteering

employability to Suzi       contributes to skills   development. 1.12 Develop ways to
employability to Suzi       contributes to skills   development. 1.12 Develop ways to

employability to Suzi

     

contributes

to

skills

 

development.

1.12 Develop ways to help

Time

All

To discuss ideas at March meeting

Volunteers can promote skills gained through volunteering to employers.

All to think about how the v impact awards could be rolled out to the rest of the volunteering community, to think about if this should be accredited and how it would be resourced and managed. Discussed at June meeting. VE to revise information for volunteers accordingly.

volunteers

translate

and

explain

their

 

volunteering

 

to

employers All to think

 

about

how

the

v

impact

awards

could

be

rolled out

to

the

rest

of

the

volunteering

   

community,

to think

about if this should be

accredited and how it

would

be

resourced

and managed.

 

1.13 Saskia to ensure

Time

VE

(Saskia

By June meeting

The

group

influences

Articles on volunteering have been published in private sector press and the CBI are putting more information about volunteering on their website.

conversations with the

Daggett)

the

way

employers

CBI

,

IoD

and

view volunteering as a

Chambers

 

of

form

of

career

Commerce include the role of volunteering in career development

development

1.14 Matt to circulate the CBI report on employability. The CBI to explore with VE how they can help to promote volunteering as skills development

Time

CBI

(Matt

By June meeting

The group can use the

Complete

Sheldon)

information to evidence how volunteering can

lead

to better

employment prospects

  to their members             1.15 VSO and Reach to
  to their members             1.15 VSO and Reach to
 

to their members

           

1.15

VSO

and

Reach

to

Time

VSO

(Michelle),

By March meeting

The

group

can

Ongoing communication set up between VSO, Reach and VE press officers.

offer

contacts

and

Reach (Sarah)

communicate

key

ideas

for

messages

 

communications work to get some of the key messages picked up. Communications work

   

to

be

equality

inclusive.

 

1.16 VE to get in touch with Prospects and the Institute of Careers Guidance to find out about information their guidance to careers advisors.

Time

VE

(Andrea

August

Careers

Advisors

 

Rannard/Saskia

receive

up

to

date

Daggett)

information

about

volunteering

 

1.17 VE and

v

to

work

Time

VE – v

24 July

Volunteering

 

is

 
 

together to respond to the consultation on the curriculum. Simon Surtees to send the link to Saskia and Andrea.

enshrined

within

the

national curriculum

b. review all current volunteer training as well as skills/recognition schemes and see where the group can add value

Action

 

Resources

Responsibility & partners

Timescale

Measure

Progress

1.17

Do

an

exercise

to

Time,

v

Volunteering

June meeting

The group has a better

Several

skills

identified

at

match the skills publication: England, v, CBI   understanding of skills developed through volunteering
match the skills publication: England, v, CBI   understanding of skills developed through volunteering

match

the

skills

publication:

England, v, CBI

 

understanding of skills developed through volunteering and those sought after by employers.

March

meeting.

Sophie

generally

developed

Discovering

prepared Employability

through volunteering

Talent;

Map.

with

the

skills

Developing

needed

by

Skills

employers – build on

 

v’s

work

here.

Decide

what

action

to take following this.

1.18 VE

to

ensure IiV

Time

Volunteering

By March meeting

IiV

encourages

Complete - IiV requires training and development of volunteers.

encourages

 

England

organisations

to

train

organisations to train their volunteers and

their volunteers

report

at next

   

meeting

1.19 The Employers group to look at if IiP covers the training and development of volunteers

Time

Volunteering

At

the

next

The

group

can

be

IiP representative attended February and June Employers meetings. The standard has been changed its approach and volunteering is now tied into the award and is mentioned specifically.

England

employers

group

updated

at

the

next

meeting (February)

meeting

 

Dave

1.20 to

circulate

Time

ASDAN

(Dave

By March meeting

The group have an

Complete

 

case

study

of

Brockington)

example volunteering accreditation in HE.

of

 

volunteering

accreditation

at

Imperial College

 

Dave

1.21 to

circulate

Time

ASDAN

(Dave

By June meeting

The group can discuss the Employability Award

Complete

 

details

of

the

Brockington)

 

Employability Award

2. Identify all relevant government funding and provide information, as well as influencing all opportunities
2. Identify all relevant government funding and provide information, as well as influencing all opportunities

2. Identify all relevant government funding and provide information, as well as influencing all opportunities for funding.

Action

Resources

Responsibility & partners

Timescale

Measure

Progress

2.1 Angela to liaise with the group about the work to ensure the voluntary sector is taking up Train to

Time

All, LSC (Angela)

By next meeting

Greater take up of Train to Gain in the voluntary and community sector.

Saskia met with Jerry Conway of the LSC. Notes circulated. Final meeting with the LSC, VE’s Policy Team and Saskia due in August 09. Ongoing relationship with new skills bodies to be established.

Gain

where

appropriate. The

group to support Angela is this.

2.2 Angela to update the group on progress made with the third sector work and to circulate the third sector guidance. VE to link up with the Third Sector Alliance through NIACE to ensure the groups input has long term impact.

Time

LSC (Angela)

By next meeting

The group is updated.

VE (Student volunteering team) to contact Jane Watts or Rachel Hughes at NIACE to link up with the Third Sector Alliance.

2.3 The group to explore further once the LSC work is done how to

Time

All

After LSC research is complete (March)

Greater take up of Train to Gain

Meeting have taken place with the LSC and one further meeting is planned

promote and make accessible Train to Gain to volunteers         for July.
promote and make accessible Train to Gain to volunteers         for July.

promote and make accessible Train to Gain to volunteers

       

for July.

Any

further

comments

on

barriers

to

Train to Gain Saskia.

to

be fed

to

and

the

 

organisations which involve them. The group to feed in written evidence of the barriers groups

 

are facing

in

accessing the Train

to Gain funds.

2.4 Dave to share with LSC and the group thoughts of Train to Gain

Time

ASDAN

(Dave

By

the

March

The group are updated

Complete

Brockington)

meeting

2.5 Saskia to circulate the notes of her meeting with Jerry Conway (LSC) to the group

Time

VE

(Saskia

By June meeting

The group are fully informed about the meeting held between VE and the LSC

Complete

Daggett)

2.6 Saskia to discuss barriers to Train to Gain within the Third Sector with the LSC

Time

VE

(Saskia

By June meeting

The LSC can work to remove barriers to Train to Gain

Complete

Daggett)

2.7 Tracey to liaise with VE on the work with NCCPE and to update the group at the next meeting

Time

v (Tracey)

March meeting

The group are updated

Araba Webber

(v)

and

Andrea Rannard (VE)

updated the group.

 
3. Volunteer managers being aware of the skills agenda and seeing developing volunteer skills as
3. Volunteer managers being aware of the skills agenda and seeing developing volunteer skills as

3. Volunteer managers being aware of the skills agenda and seeing developing volunteer skills as a key part of their role - link with Skills for Volunteer Managers Group

Action

 

Resources

Responsibility &

Timescale

 

Measure

Progress

 

partners

 

3.1.

VE

to

ensure links

Time

VE

(Saskia

Ongoing

until

end

All action groups are

All groups have factored in the need for training and development of volunteers into their work. Volunteer Managers Conference covered the skills agenda.

are

made

with

all

Daggett,

Sophie

June

aware of the need for

action

groups,

in

Pert)

training

and

particular

the

Skills

development

of

for

Volunteer

volunteers.

Managers group

 

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