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Volunteering & Volunteer Managers Network

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Nova’s Advisers provide a range of comprehensive support from starting a new volunteering programme to enhancing existing programmes across all sectors.

Our volunteering support programme includes:

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Volunteer Managers Network - a monthly meeting bringing together people from VCSE organisation who work with or support volunteers. Read more below.

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Volunteer>Wakefield – register on the site to promote and advertise your volunteer roles across the District for free! Visit https://volunteerwakefield.org/

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Support around volunteer recruitment - including DBS checks, inductions, training, volunteer management, and improving the quantity, quality & diversity of volunteering.

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Events to promote volunteering - such as events during Volunteers' Week in June to get people excited about volunteering!

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Training to unlock the potential of volunteering at your organisation - a range of workshops throughout the year, check our Training & Events page.

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Grants to fund volunteer programmes, check our Funding page for any relevant grants: https://www.nova-wd.org.uk/nova/funding

How do I apply?

1

Volunteer Managers Network - a monthly meeting bringing together people from VCSE organisation who work with or support volunteers. Read more below.

2

Volunteer>Wakefield – register on the site to promote and advertise your volunteer roles across the District for free! Visit https://volunteerwakefield.org/

3

Support around volunteer recruitment - including DBS checks, inductions, training, volunteer management, and improving the quantity, quality & diversity of volunteering.

4

Events to promote volunteering - such as events during Volunteers' Week in June to get people excited about volunteering!

5

Training to unlock the potential of volunteering at your organisation - a range of workshops throughout the year, check our Training & Events page.

6

Grants to fund volunteer programmes, check our Funding page for any relevant grants: https://www.nova-wd.org.uk/nova/funding

In Wakefield 11,994 volunteers donate 863,574 hours contributing £11,735,970 to the economy.

Rebecca Dunford
Social Prescribing Services Manager
Shannon Simpson
Service Coordinator
Caroline Sylvester
Service Coordinator
Adele Spaven
Social Prescribing Advisor
Gemma Naylor
Social Prescribing Advisor
Fareeda Mir
Social Prescribing Advisor
Dave Harrison
Social Prescribing Advisor
Gemma Newman
Social Prescribing Advisor
Helen Hackney
Social Prescribing Advisor
Janet Watson
Self Management Advisor
Paul Boyd
Self Management Service Administrator
Dawn Gzella
Senior Social Prescribing Advisor - Wakefield Health Alliance North
Callum Buck
Social Prescribing Link Worker - Trinity Health Group
Justyna Banks
Social Prescribing Link Worker - Wakefield Health Alliance Central
Andrea Vickers
Social Prescribing Link Worker - Five Towns
Mirban Hussain
Social Prescribing Link Worker - Brigantes PCN
Jazz Johal
Social Prescribing Link Worker - West Wakefield PCN
Sharon Kennedy
Social Prescribing Link Worker - Wakefield Health Alliance South
Katty Keyhani from Alzheimer’s Society
The Health and Wellbeing Board
Sharlene Featherstone from Second Chance Headway
The Health and Care Partnership
Amaina Elzoubir from One Ummah Community
Health Inequalities Steering Group
Ross Grant from Wakefield & District Society for Deaf People
The People’s Panel
Jenn Bravo from Turning Lives Around
Housing Health and Social Care Partnership
Steven Busfield from Empath Action
The Children and Young People’s Partnership
Anna Blight from Pontefract Reads
The Early Years Strategic Partnership Board
Chris Bingham from Pontefract Reads
The Early Years Strategic Partnership Board
Sanel Ncube from Young People’s Empowerment Project
The Wakefield Local Area SEND & Alternative Provision Strategic Partnership Board
Berni O'Brien from St George's Lupset
Early Help Strategic Partnership Board
Eleanor Bradbury from Rycroft Youth Centre
Wakefield Safeguarding Children Executive
Madeleine France from Blossom Training & Development
The Safer Together Partnership
Louie Stafford from Learnest CIC
Hate Crime Strategic Group
Lisa Kaye from Well Women Centre
The Safeguarding Adults Board and The Domestic Abuse Management Board
Tamsin Lim from Well Women Centre
The Domestic Abuse Management Board
Helen Oades from Rosalie Ryrie
Wakefield District Domestic Abuse Workforce Development Group
Dick Davies from Wakefield District City of Sanctuary
Wakefield Multi-Agency Asylum Meeting
Ali Robinson-Rowe from CoActive Arts
Learning Disability and Autism Partnership Board
Angie Callaghan from Alzheimer’s Society
Wakefield Carers Strategy Implementation Group
Duncan Smith from Trinity Church
Wakefield Carers Strategy Implementation Group
Angie Callaghan from Alzheimer’s Society
Jane Walton from Yorkshire Mentoring CIC
The Employment and Skills Strategy Group
Julius Olutokun from Dominion Training
The Employment and Skills Steering Group
Lucy Herrick from Turning Point
Wakefield Combatting Drugs Partnership

Volunteer Managers Network

The Volunteer Managers Network is a monthly meeting, bringing together people from VCSE organisation who work with or support volunteers to build a strong and resilient volunteering sector in Wakefield District. 

Sharing best practice, providing information and hosting workshops, the Volunteer Managers’ Network broadcasts knowledge and connects people to practical support.  

The meeting is a friendly and welcoming peer space, run by the sector for the sector. Tracey Shaw and Sarah Mitchell chair these meetings, you can see their bios below. Meetings happen every month and alternate between an online meeting and an in-person workshop:

  • Online meetings provide an informal space to keep in touch, ask questions and learn about volunteering practices and opportunities at other organisations.
  • Workshops have a specific focus, offering practical training about volunteer policies, management and practice.  

The Volunteer Manager’s Network is an open space and welcomes new members. You can find information about upcoming meeting dates and details about what will be covered in each session on our calendar below.  

You can book a free place at any of the meetings using the Eventbrite links: https://www.eventbrite.com/cc/volunteer-managers-network-1941829

Sign up to receive email updates about the Network: http://eepurl.com/b80Hq5

If you would like more information or have any questions, please contact info@nova-wd.org.uk

Meet the Network's Chairs: Tracey Shaw and Sarah Mitchell

Tracey Shaw

Hi I’m Tracey Shaw, I have been managing our Volunteering Service at Age UK Wakefield District since 2017.  My role at Age UK Wakefield District includes recruiting, training and supporting our wonderful team of volunteers, as well as looking for new funding opportunities to enable us to continue to create new volunteer roles that will help support older people living across the district.  

As well as managing volunteers, I have been volunteering myself for many years, with numerous organisations, so I have lived experience of volunteering and understand what volunteers need to feel supported, appreciated and part of a team.

I was keen to become involved with the Volunteer Managers Network as I feel its really important to build connections within the VCSE, connect with other people in the same line of work and help and support others in the role. Volunteer Management is so rewarding but can also be challenging at times, so I find it really useful to have this support network, where we can share best practice and ideas, make new contacts, explore volunteer opportunities within other organisations. It’s a friendly and supportive team, that I am really proud to be part of.

Sarah Mitchell

I’m Sarah Mitchell, Training Officer at Citizens Advice Wakefield District since March 2020 (yes, I know!). The focus of my role here is to recruit and train new volunteers and help the team of Service Managers to motivate, retain and develop our fabulous team of volunteers.

Our volunteers work alongside our paid staff, often doing the same roles, so it is vital that we make it clear how valued they are and that they make a huge contribution to our service. Indeed, we simply could not function without them!

I have volunteered myself for almost a decade in different roles, (helping kids with reading and cooking in school, currently a school governor of 6 years), which helps me to understand some reasons why people volunteer and what they need to help them feel motivated and supported in their volunteering journey.

I have recently become more active in the Volunteer Managers Network as I it is a great opportunity to share good practice, ideas and resources within the VCSE, making our professional lives and the experiences of our volunteers and service-users better in the process. Equally, I think we would all benefit from more structured training and development opportunities for us, as professionals working in an increasingly-challenging sector.

I very much look forward to seeing more of my peers at virtual and in-person Network events this year.

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