Government axe starts to fall on volunteerism sector in the UK.
Volunteer rights enquiry to be set up.
Volunteers in survey say they don’t get enough recognition from organisations.
Volunteer numbers decline.
These can all be headlines and indeed most of them have been in recent weeks and months. By headlines of course I mean in our circles within volunteerism…they are not exactly front page news items are they?
Can managers of volunteers be advocates for the volunteering sector as a whole? For Volunteerism, if that word is all inclusive of everyone involved from volunteers, managers, peak bodies, consultants etc.
Are you, as volunteer manager, an advocate for your volunteer team? For individual volunteers?
If volunteerism is being threatened should managers of volunteers and their associations be speaking out? I thought that this was a given? But perhaps this is not the general feeling?
I would like to think that we can be advocates and activists for volunteering. But then I think that we fall down in so many ways in this regard when it comes to our own Field.
Someone once asked me what I thought the 10 traits of a good manager of volunteers were?
So here I offer one:
The ability to advocate for one’s own profession and for volunteers.