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

On-line time-sheets

Exit interviews

Referees

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Conclusion

For the volunteers

Clear and realistic expectations

Set boundaries re tasks and responsibilities

Communication essential

Weekly catch-up

Work independently but keep feedback

Intro to everyone in the charity

Make them feel at home

Show appreciation

Training – give constructive feedback

Opportunities for personal development

Transferable skills

Team-work amongst volunteers

Division of tasks

Principles of Fairtrade

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