We support groups and organisations to develop high-quality volunteering experiences for volunteer.

We can help you if:

  • you are stuck on a good practice issue
  • you are wanting to recruit volunteers
  • you would like support to develop your volunteering programme or strategy
  • your organisation would like some tailored training in volunteer management

Our support enables groups to deliver best practice in volunteer management that is relevant to the way in which volunteers are involved and also meets legal and safeguarding obligations requirements.

Our volunteering services

One-to-one advice

We offer both free and charged for one-to-one support on all aspects of volunteer management. We proactively seek out and prioritise this service to those groups working in the following areas BAME, disability, LGBTQ, faith, children and young people and those at risk of chronic exclusion.

Open training courses

Volunteer managers and coordinators are welcome to attend courses and workshops run by Community Works. These include:

  • Develop your volunteering strategy
  • Safeguarding
  • Equalities and Diversity

Further information found here: open training courses

Tailored training courses

Our charged for training service enables us to tailor training to meet the specific volunteering development needs of your organisation or group.

Volunteer Coordinators’ Forum

We currently have forums operating in Brighton and Hove and Adur and Worthing. The forum aims to support the volunteering development locally.

Further information: Volunteer Coordinators’ Forum

Action learning

Facilitated by an experienced facilitator, this set is open to members of our volunteer coordinators’ forum. It offers ongoing peer support and learning opportunity over an 8 month period. These are closed groups, where volunteer managers share and discuss volunteering issues and plan what steps they are going to take to address these issues.

Further information: Action Learning Sets

Connecting you with others

Our volunteer managers e-groups are open to frontline volunteer managers.  The e-groups enable volunteer managers and coordinators to network with each other, share experience and good practice examples, share learning and get support on volunteering issues.

Good Practice guide

Our online volunteering good practice guide, which contains resources to help you to plan for and develop your volunteering programme, to recruit and to support your volunteers, and to evaluate the impact of your volunteering programme.

We keep our good practice guide updated, and use national and local intelligence and knowledge to do so. We particularly value the input and contributions of our volunteer coordinators’ forum to this work.

Get in touch

Volunteering development:

Brighton and Hove – Sue Shaw         sue@bhcommunityworks.org.uk

Adur and Worthing – Hazel Roper     hazel@bhcommunityworks.org.uk

Volunteer recruitment and advertising opportunities:

Aradhana Kothari – aradhana@bhcommunityworks.org.uk