The impact of volunteers – a shared learning event with Hub Cymru Africa
There were 13 participants
Jenny Pye from Bangor Fairtrade had a lot to offer as she had 3 volunteers at the same time from Hub Cymru Africa.
Bangor has a FT shop once a month and a coffee shop
They held weekly meetings with the students with action points, only a half hour zoom or meet-up but each student had their own responsibilities. A recruitment process was set up to target volunteers. There was also an induction.
Lena Fritsch – volunteer from Germany and came to Cardiff 3 years ago. She wanted to learn new skills, meet new people and work with Hub Cymru Africa. Global learning is her passion. She is doing post-graduate studies in Environmental Management and wanted training opportunities.
For her being a volunteer was:
- Source of inspiration
- Gained confidence
- Received lots of support
Kaden Rees- did a degree around the third world sector
Graduated and looking for roles as a volunteer, he is welsh speaking and wanted to improve his skills in website management. He has received and given lots of support and is now a trustee
The Volunteer Journey
For the volunteers
Clear and realistic expectations
Set boundaries re tasks and responsibilities
Work independently but keep feedback
Intro to everyone in the charity
Make them feel at home
Training – give constructive feedback
Opportunities for personal development
Team-work amongst volunteers
Division of tasks