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Understanding Volunteering

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December 8 @ 10:00 am 12:00 pm

Volunteers play a vital role in the cultural and creative sector. The sector draws heavily on the expertise, insights, knowledge, and time of a wide range of people who add huge value. This includes, for example, meeting and greeting, guiding and interpretation, attracting new audiences, curating artefacts, and maintaining buildings and grounds.

Volunteers can benefit in many ways from their engagement. They can learn skills, develop networks, and find routes into employment that might not otherwise have been apparent to them.

This Free workshop is for organisations, trustees, entrepreneurs and businesses that are active in the cultural and creative sector and want to explore how to develop purposeful volunteering opportunities.

To deliver the workshop, Create North is pleased to welcome Melanie Shee of Creative & Cultural Skills, which works across the UK to create fair and inclusive opportunities within the sector.

In this 90-minute session, Melanie will ensure you have all the basics covered for understanding the conditions that describe genuine volunteering (as opposed to unpaid work) and how this can be positioned as a step into paid employment.

The session will cover:

  • An exploration of why people volunteer, and why employers offer volunteering opportunities
  • How you can use your volunteering opportunities to aid diversity and inclusion
  • Volunteering best practice, including induction, supervision and training, and reimbursement of legitimate expenses
  • Volunteer Agreements
  • What a Voluntary Worker is and the rules that apply to this type of volunteer

This session is accompanied by a Best Practice Guide to Apprenticeships, Internships and Volunteering digital resource.

This workshop is free, but places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

This workshop is part of the Making the Most of South Tyneside initiative, a professional development programme for creative practitioners living or working in South Tyneside. The programme has been commissioned by the South Tyneside Cultural Partnership and funded by South Tyneside Cultural Development.

Please book through the Create North website:

Church Bank
Jarrow,Tyne and WearNE32 3DYUnited Kingdom
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