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THE RIGHT START: Involving Volunteers

Funded by Staffordshire County Council

Involving volunteers takes time and planning but doing this effectively will ensure that you meet the needs of your organisation as well as providing the volunteer with a good experience.  This workshop is designed to help you improve your programme, attracting volunteers as well as retaining them.  It will cover:

  • Volunteer policies
  • Writing effective role descriptions
  • Recruitment
  • Support and supervision
  • Retention of volunteers


BBC Open Doors

All around us are incredible people with amazing untold stories. The BBC in the West Midlands wants to work with you to share them. Could your organisation help to tell others what life’s like in your community?

Act now on employment opportunities for young people

The big issue

Youth unemployment began rising sharply following the financial crisis in 2008, peaking at around one million in 2011/12. Since then it has dropped to similar levels as before the crisis, at around 600,000. Despite this decrease, the youth unemployment rate (14.9% in 2015) remains significantly higher than the general unemployment rate of 5.4%.

Help us find ways to prevent anybody falling through the cracks and drifting towards long-term unemployment.

Applications Invited for Winston Churchill Memorial Trust's 2017 Travelling Fellowships for Early Years Prevention & Intervention

Applications are now being welcomed for this year's Winston Churchill Memorial Trust's 2017 Travelling Fellowships for Early Years Prevention and Intervention.

In 2017, The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust will be investing around £1.3 million in British citizens, by awarding 150 Travelling Fellowships to support British citizens who want to travel overseas to gain knowledge, experience and exposure to best practice to benefit others in their UK professions and communities, and society as a whole.

European Structural & Investment Funds (ESIF) Sub-Committee – Call for VCSE Alternate Representative

A VCSE rep is being sought as the alternate rep for this Sub-Committee of the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). The Sub-Committee considers applications for European funding, primarily commenting on how these fit with the local strategic context, as well as receiving updates from the Government departments which are managing authorities for the different strands of European funding.

Please see the attached documents for more information and a nomination form.

Talent Match External Evaluator Tender Opportunity

Talent Match Staffordshire are looking for an external evaluator to assess how effectively their project is meeting the needs of their beneficiaries and whether the project is effectively achieving the outcomes for which it was developed.

An independent evaluation of the project will provide them with external verification that the model of delivery is of high quality and based on a sound evidence base.