DutySheet Volunteering Blog

The different models of volunteering

Like everything in this world volunteering has branched and evolved so there are many more options for the demands and styles of today's lifestyles. There is a plethora of roles which enable organisations to harness the power of all people rather than a select group who are able to volunteer in a specific way. You can volunteer daily, weekly or ad-hoc without any training or commitment - volunteering today is for everyone.

Volunteering For Everyone: Finding A Volunteering Opportunity To Suit Every Lifestyle - Part IV

At different times in our lives we will see the world in different ways, depending on our circumstances. We may be open to some things, closed to others, pursuing a specific goal or wanting to make a change. Perhaps we’ve been given more responsibility in our jobs or we’ve just become a parent and our priorities have shuffled, whatever it is, it means we may not consider or be in a position to make time for anything else, like volunteering.

Volunteering For Everyone: Finding A Volunteering Opportunity To Suit Every Lifestyle - Part III

At different times in our lives we will see the world in different ways, depending on our circumstances. We may be open to some things, closed to others, pursuing a specific goal or wanting to make a change. Perhaps we’ve been given more responsibility in our jobs or we’ve just become a parent and our priorities have shuffled, whatever it is, it means we may not consider or be in a position to make time for anything else, like volunteering.

Volunteer management is supported in recent Lords report

Published last month, the ‘Stronger charities for a stronger society’ report from the House of Lords Select Committee on Charities, enables charities to gain more support from the Government so that they can achieve their objectives. It also places emphasis on the recognising an individual charities contributions to society as well as highlighting the importance of charities to the nation.

Volunteering For Everyone: Finding A Volunteering Opportunity To Suit Every Lifestyle - Part II

At different times in our lives we will see the world in different ways, depending on our circumstances. We may be open to some things, closed to others, pursuing a specific goal or wanting to make a change. Perhaps we’ve been given more responsibility in our jobs or we’ve just become a parent and our priorities have shuffled, whatever it is, it means we may not consider or be in a position to make time for anything else, like volunteering.

Volunteering For Everyone: Finding A Volunteering Opportunity To Suit Every Lifestyle - Part I

At different times in our lives we will see the world in different ways, depending on our circumstances. We may be open to some things, closed to others, pursuing a specific goal or wanting to make a change. Perhaps we’ve been given more responsibility in our jobs or we’ve just become a parent and our priorities have shuffled, whatever it is, it means we may not consider or be in a position to make time for anything else, like volunteering.

Cyber Specials: The story so far

Cyber Specials are a solution to the need to increase both technical and staff resources in order to tackle cyber crime. By harnessing the voluntary expertise and specialist skills from civilians in relevant sectors, such as computing or accounting, the brilliance and effectiveness of investigators working in this area is boosted.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Christmas. A time when towns are draped in lights and festive traditions and the cold air is warmed with cinnamon smells and sentimental feelings. A time for gatherings and givings, rememberings and forgivings. A time for reflection and recognition.

What motivates a person to volunteer?

Ever wondered why or even how some people have the drive to volunteer? What is it that motivates them to take on an often emotionally or physically challenging role in their spare time without any financial incentive?

Micro-volunteering: What is it?

‘A task carried out by a volunteer, or a team of volunteers, without payment, either online via an internet-connected device, including smartphones, or offline in small increments of time, usually to benefit a nonprofit organization, charitable organization, or non-governmental organization.'

Five steps for first time volunteers

Many of us consider volunteering at some point, but we may find ourselves overwhelmed when it comes to finding the right role. So we thought we would give you a few handy hints that may help make your journey into volunteering a bumpy free one!

DutySheet Bites: Open Events

What is this we hear you say? Well, every so often DutySheet will offer you a tasty, filling, bite-sized piece of informative advice, news or instruction about the modules on DutySheet. Think of it like a mini-training session that you can refer back to whenever you are in need of a snack-sized refresher! This month we spoke to Bulent Yazici, Director at DutySheet, about Open Events.

The value of volunteering within the Police

This month DutySheet spoke to Hannah Crosby, the Neighbourhood Policing Family Development Officer with Greater Manchester Police (GMP) to understand more about the diverse and invaluable roles of volunteers in policing.

Volunteers' Week 2016: Emmanuel, VPCSO - Lincolnshire Police

In honour of our users and to mark Volunteers’ Week: The Big Celebration 2016, DutySheet interviewed four individuals who currently volunteer for the Police. This week, we interview Emmanuel, a Volunteer Police Community Support Officer from Lincolnshire Police.

Volunteers' Week 2016: Rita, PSV - Greater Manchester Police

In honour of our users and to mark Volunteers’ Week: The Big Celebration 2016, DutySheet interviewed four individuals who currently volunteer for the Police. This week, we interview Rita, a Police Support Volunteer from Greater Manchester Police.

Volunteers' Week 2016: Tara, VPCSO - Lincolnshire Police

In honour of our users and to mark Volunteers’ Week: The Big Celebration 2016, DutySheet interviewed four individuals who currently volunteer for the Police. This week, we interview Tara, a Volunteer Police Community Support Officer from Lincolnshire Police.

Top five reasons to volunteer for the Police

Making the decision to volunteer for the Police is an admirable one. You have not only chosen to volunteer your time and skills but also to donate them to a service which serves as a lifeline to our Nation in terms of public safety. Now, more than ever, volunteers are needed and wanted to assist the Police in their duties. But just what do you, the volunteer, get out of it? DutySheet decided to delve into the realms of Police volunteering and find five impressive reasons for volunteering for the Police, so you too, can see the benefits.

DutySheet Bites: ESP Module

What is this we hear you say? Well, every so often DutySheet will offer you a tasty, filling, bite-sized piece of informative advice, news or instruction about the modules on DutySheet. Think of it like a mini-training session that you can refer back to whenever you are in need of a snack-sized refresher! To kick off our first DutySheet Bites we spoke to Bulent Yazici, Director at DutySheet about the Employer Supported Policing DutySheet module.

Five top tips for retaining volunteers

Retaining volunteers can be a difficult task especially when organisations have several volunteers simultaneously helping out at numerous events throughout the year. So how can you ensure you make a volunteer feel valued as an individual so they may be inclined to help again in the future?

The Importance of supporting and supervising volunteers: Part 2

In the second of this two-part blog series, DutySheet looks at the importance of supporting and supervising volunteers. Both are strongly linked but it is important to distinguish between them and create a balance of each to enable the contentment, and ultimately, the retention of your volunteers.

The Importance of supporting and supervising volunteers

In the first of this two-part blog series, DutySheet looks at the importance of supporting and supervising volunteers. Both are strongly linked but it is important to distinguish between them and create a balance of each to enable the contentment, and ultimately, the retention of your volunteers.

Employer Supported Volunteering

Employer supported volunteering, or ESV, provides employees with opportunity to volunteer with full support and assistance from their employer. This could be in the form of granting leave for an individual volunteering opportunity or developing a volunteering programme in which employees can participate.

Benefits Of Volunteering #8: Self Worth

The more defined our volunteering roles become, the more self-identity we carve for ourselves, which then allows us to concentrate our contributions to specific areas of interest or expertise. This makes volunteering even more self-fulfilling (in a good way!) as we then feel we are making a real and focused difference.

Benefits Of Volunteering #6: Employability

What do volunteering and curry have in common? Well, a few things, it seems. You see volunteering experience is like sprinkling chilli on your korma; you’re already a well rounded, established and popular dish but by adding a seasoning of volunteering you can heat up your CV, spice up your employable qualities and stand out from the other kormas!

Benefits Of Volunteering #5: The Karmic Effect

People who volunteer have good hearts in more ways than one according to recent studies which, believe it or not, have found a correlation between volunteering and a reduction in blood pressure, BMI and cholesterol.

Benefits Of Volunteering #4: Community Benefits

Volunteering can yield benefits quicker than radishes sprout – and they sprout fast! By volunteering you benefit yourself, the organisation, charity or individual that you volunteer for as well as the community as a whole. Volunteering is a field rich with benefits, which we should sow, grow and share!

Benefits Of Volunteering #3: Flexibilty

Remember those endless days as a child and now years roll seamlessly into one another leaving childhood memories a colourful blur. Now finishing that book seems impossible. So just how do you fit in an additional commitment like volunteering?