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Free Course - Involving Volunteers

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This short course on volunteering has been developed by Volunteer Scotland and the Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership (CVSL) and the main driving spirit comes from the volunteer’s perspective. The course is about the essential things you need to consider to ensure a positive experience for individuals engaging in volunteering.

By the end of this course you should be able to:

  • Be clear about how volunteering fits into your context and the opportunities it provides
  • Develop an appropriate way of getting to know volunteers and for volunteers to get to know you
  • Understand the importance of supporting volunteers and communicating the difference their contribution makes
  • Identify the volunteers’ voice in order to learn from volunteers’ experiences and ensure that they have a positive volunteering journey

About the Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership (CVSL)

The CVSL offers a fresh take on leadership in the voluntary sector, exploring everyday practices, and the actions and interactions that ultimately get things done.

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About Volunteer Scotland

Volunteer Scotland are the only national centre  in Scotland for volunteering. They help make volunteering easy for everyone, so that more people volunteer and have a great time.

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About the Open University

The Open University is the UK's largest academic institution and a world pioneer in distance learning. To date, they've taught more than two million students and helped them reach their full potential. The Open University offers flexible part-time study, supported distance and open learning for undergraduate and postgraduate courses and qualifications.

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Author: Volunteer Scotland and the Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership (CVSL)

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