Devolution Deal for Cumbria

On 4 September 2015, the leaders of the Cumbrian public sector, supported by the private sector led Local Enterprise Partnership and colleagues from partner organisations, have submitted an expression of interest to Government. It outlines those areas where it may be possible to negotiate a deal with Government to increase economic growth and improve the way public services are delivered in Cumbria.

Top Ten Tips for Involving Volunteers with Extra Support Needs

  1. Meet potential volunteers for an informal chat to assess whether or not the potential role is suitable
  2. Suggest a trial period so that both parties can reassess the role
  3. Ensure there is sufficient staff time for volunteers who may need additional support or identify a different organisation where they could volunteer
  4. Communicate with the volunteer about what support they may need
  5. Be as flexible as possible with times and days when volunteers can help
  6. Have a named point of contact for day to day support of volunteers
  7. Try buddying up an existing volunteer with a volunteer who needs extra support to help build up confidence
  8. Access training to understand more about the range of different support needs, e.g. physical, learning, mental health, sensory disabilities as well as hidden disabilities.
  9. When writing funding bids allocate a budget for additional costs that may arise, e.g. taxis to transport a wheelchair user or for any equipment that might support the volunteer
  10. Offer supervision or one-to-one meetings once the volunteer has started to identify how they are enjoying their volunteering and if any further training or support is needed

Judith Holmshaw
County Volunteer Support Officer
Cumbria CVS