Course: Volunteering Values - Valuing Volunteers

Common Cause Foundation

20th November 2018 Emily Howgate

Cost: Price starting at £85, concessions available

Sectors: sustainability, environmental policy & campaigning

A values-based workshop exploring how our common-cares help motivate and mobilise change.
For those inspiring, and inspired by, volunteers.

  • How can your work with volunteers contribute more widely to building communities of active and engaged citizens?
  • How can your organisation build a culture that fully values the work of those involved in volunteer programmes?

This workshop will help participants to:

  • Understand the values which underpin people's motivation to volunteer and how to most effectively work with these.
  • Identify how to recruit and manage volunteers in a way that fosters and celebrates volunteership as a force for positive cultural change.
  • Explore how to improve impact by adapting volunteer promotional material and key messaging to reflect core motivational values

The workshop will provide both insight into the psychology of volunteering, and tried and tested examples of applying this understanding in shaping volunteer programmes. Participants will be introduced to three key principles for working with volunteers, and will be supported in applying these principles to their own work.

Who should participate?

This workshop is designed for those who work to inspire volunteers – whether as managers of large volunteer programmes, or as staff of small organisations that draw on the help of volunteers.

Who will lead the workshop?

The workshop will be facilitated by Emily Howgate, Katie Aartse-Tuyn, and Tom Crompton.

Emily Howgate and Tom Crompton work at Common Cause Foundation (CCF). Common Cause has worked alongside some of the world’s leading social psychologists for more than a decade to support not-for-profit and public organisations in building durable public support for deep social and environmental change.

Katie Aartse-Tuyn has worked in volunteer management for more than a decade, and currently leads the volunteer programme at Sustrans. She has worked across a myriad of volunteer management and volunteer roles which provide her with a strong foundation of experience to apply to her programme management and development.

What people say about Common Cause workshops: 

- “Such an important day, which supplied a real need, [and] ...made me focus on what is important in ways both personal and professional”
- “…the best training course I have been on in my 12 year career. So helpful and interesting!”

Vegetarian sandwich/salad lunch included, plus tea and coffee.
(Any dietary requirements please pre-notify to info[@] ) We want this event to be accessible. If the suggested ticket price is limiting get in touch and we'll work on a suitable solution or concession. info[@]

Complementary reports, which provide context for this work, are freely available from Common Cause Foundation, including:

  • Discover & Share: promoting positive values in an arts and cultural setting (2017)
  • Common Cause Communication: A toolkit for charities (2015)
  • Perceptions Matter (Summary): the Common Cause UK values survey (2016)

Event kindly hosted by IPNLF

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