Gemma Burns, Volunteer Development Worker at CNP
Gemma Burns is the new Volunteer Development Worker employed to support the development of the Volunteer Empowerment Project. Her post is funded by Big Lottery.
Support for Groups & Organisations:
The Volunteer Development Worker will:
- Provide support and advice on how to promote volunteering for your group
- Advertise your volunteer opportunity
- Refer new volunteers
- Provide training opportunities for volunteers
- Provide networking opportunities for volunteers
- Provide support and advice on how to effectively manage and support your volunteers
Support for Volunteers:
There are many existing opportunities to volunteer in the Colin area.Volunteer opportunities exist within CNP and partner organisations and in a variety of fields, such as youth, education, health, community safety, family support, administration and research/study.
If you are interested in volunteering with Colin Neighbourhood Partnership or would like to find out more about the volunteer opportunities within the Colin area, the Volunteer Development Worker can offer you:
- Information on all volunteering opportunities in Colin
- One to one advice and support
- Ongoing training and development
- Group and peer support
Speaking about the opportunities the new post will bring to the Colin area Gemma says,
‘I have worked in the Colin area for the past four years and have seen first hand the amount of work volunteers are doing in the community. There are over 200 volunteers in the Colin area who provide support to many of the local voluntary groups and provide a range of services in the fields of youth, sport, disability, health, community safety and those supporting the elderly and vulnerable adults in our community.
My role will be to support volunteers and volunteer led groups by identifying training needs, inform on best practice in supporting volunteers and volunteer management and offer one-to-one and group support to volunteers. I am also keen to recognise and celebrate the achievements of local volunteers and publicise the good work people are doing for their community’
I am currently working on developing the Volunteer Empowerment Project so that there are adequate guidelines and support structures in place to support both the volunteer and clients. But in order for the project to succeed we need the support of local residents who are willing to give up a few hours of their time, either as a one-off, (as and when required) or on a more regular basis.’