Developing Pavilions volunteering programme

Developing Pavilions volunteering programme

Pavilions is the adult community and alcohol service for Brighton and Hove. It is available to anyone concerned about their drug or alcohol use, or the families and carers supporting those struggling with substance misuse.

We’ve helped Pavilions to develop their relatively new volunteering programme. Their programme recruits a range of volunteers from those who have no experience of working in the field of substance misuse to those who have experience of it and want to give something back.

We gave Pavilions one-to-one advice on how to develop a number of areas of their volunteering programme. Areas such as how to, develop their internal training programme for volunteers, develop their volunteer roles, recruit new volunteers, recognise and reward their volunteers, and how to monitor the impact of their volunteers.

As a result of our support Pavilions has been able to successfully embed within their volunteering programme:

  • gathering new volunteers’ expectations of what they hope to gain from their roles
  • listening to volunteers’ views on how the service as a whole could be improved
  • asking volunteers how they’d like to develop their role
  • gathering evidence on the benefits of having volunteers as part of the service
  • linking volunteers to the training they need to progress in their role

Our support has ensured that Pavilions has a strong, high-quality volunteering programme, which ensures its volunteers have a good experience of volunteering. It’s also helping them to improve their service – so they can continue to provide support to people and their loved ones effected by substance misuse.

 

Need help?

If you need help to develop your volunteering programme, take a look at our online volunteering good practice guide which contains lots of useful information and templates which will help you to develop your volunteering programme.

Or get in touch with us on info@bhcommunityworks.org.uk or 01273 234023

 

“I have found having Community Works involved with the work I do immensely beneficial. Managing volunteers can often feel quite lonely, as I am the only staff member at Pavilions in this role. But having them as a point of contact to bounce ideas off, get advice from, and discover what has worked elsewhere makes me feel so much more supported. Their commitment and knowledge are an invaluable resource, and they have definitely made my work with volunteers easier and more productive. I can’t recommend them enough!”

“I have found having Community Works involved with the work I do immensely beneficial. Managing volunteers can often feel quite lonely, as I am the only staff member at Pavilions in this role. But having them as a point of contact to bounce ideas off, get advice from, and discover what has worked elsewhere makes me feel so much more supported. Their commitment and knowledge are an invaluable resource, and they have definitely made my work with volunteers easier and more productive. I can’t recommend them enough!”

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