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Inspire Sessions

“Managing volunteers isn’t rocket science… sometimes it’s harder!” Jamie Ward-Smith

Are you responsible for co-ordinating and managing volunteers?  Are you challenged by some of the issues this involves?  Are you inspired and passionate about how volunteers benefit your work?  If so, come along to Inspire.

Inspire is our monthly gathering for people who are new to volunteer management and for people who have years of experience.  It’s an opportunity to share experiences and good practice, get advice about tackling sticky volunteer problems or thorny issues, and get peer support from people who really know what it’s like to be a Volunteer Coordinator.

If you have a niggling worry or if you are the only person in your organisation who deals with volunteers, come along and join in.  It’s a great opportunity to meet folk from a variety of settings and the thing we have in common is volunteers.  We are always well stocked with coffee and cake to help the proceedings get started!

“I have been attending the INSPIRE meetings for some time now and find them invaluable to continually support my own personal development.  Being part of a large organisation it’s very easy to always look inward at how we recruit, train and manage our volunteers and I find these meetings important to help me bench marking our practices against what other organisations are doing to ensure we follow good practice.  As the only person locally in my organisation that leads on volunteering, I find it useful to be able to discuss with my peers in a safe and confidential environment any issues and concerns I may have to help work out practical solutions.  Through the meetings I’ve networked and met other volunteer managers in the area that we have gone on to meet outside the meetings to discuss particular issues that we have in common or are working on at that time.” Emma Murton Volunteering Consultant, Guide Dogs

If there is anything you’d like to talk about, please let us know, or bring your question or concern with you on the day and we’ll add it to the agenda.  It’s your gathering so we aim to make it as easy as possible for you to contribute.

You will find further details of any upcoming gatherings here where you can also book a place.  If you would like to know more about the gatherings or if you have any other questions about the training we offer please call 0131 225 0630 or email