Managing volunteers research
Skills - Third Sector has funded an important new piece of research into the skills needs of people who manage volunteers. It is particularly timely that this research is released at a point when the role that volunteers will play in delivering the Big Society is being debated by the coalition government and the voluntary sector at large.
Important new research into the skills needed for people who manage volunteers
- 42% of people who manage volunteers have not received any training that would help in their work with volunteers
- members of networks were considerably more likely to access training and support than those who weren’t members - 74% compared to 49%
- there is strong demand for additional training and skills development across the range of functions outlined in the National Occupational Standards in the management of volunteers
- many organisations rely greatly on the local and national volunteering infrastructure for advice and support, particularly on local Volunteer Centres.
- the trend towards using volunteers to manage other volunteers
- the differing skills sets required for managing volunteers in different sizes of organisations
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Institute of Volunteering Research
The Institute for Volunteering Research is an initiative of Volunteering England in research partnership with Birkbeck, University of London. Please visit www.ivr.org.uk for more information.