We offer a comprehensive range of practical support for member organisations.   If you are setting up a volunteer programme for the first time or facing more complex issues we are here to help.  The overall aim is to ensure that organisations are complying with good practice and that volunteers have a positive experience during their volunteering. 

The new do-it website makes it easier for organisations in Bradford to manage volunteer enquiries and to advertise volunteering roles. You can register your organisation right now.

Support to find volunteers

Volunteering opportunities listed with the Volunteer Centre will be added to the national volunteering database, so that we can promote them to prospective volunteers. We also include opportunities in press releases, on our website and Facebook, in the monthly Volunteers’ E-bulletin and on http://www.do-it.org.uk. Complete the simple forms here.

Support with managing volunteers

We are able to offer guidance for involving volunteers in your organisation including:

• Developing new volunteering roles

• Advice on risk assessments and Background (DBS) Checking, LATEST changes

• Volunteer management issues

• Marketing

The good practice pack has information pack (contains best practice information, sample policies are here, (Volunteering Good Practice Guide) the Bradford Compact Volunteering Code.

Support with networking

Volunteer Organisers’ Forums are held quarterly and offer a great opportunity for volunteer managers to come together to share ideas, good practice and useful resources. The Forums are also an ideal place to discuss and compare opportunities with other organisations from around the Bradford District.

Support with Quality Accreditation

Investing in Volunteers is the UK quality standard for all organisations which involve volunteers in their work. The Standard enables organisations to comprehensively review their volunteer management, and also publicly demonstrates their commitment to volunteering.  www.investinginvolunteers.org.uk.    We can also advice and support on other accreditation schemes. Congratulations to Bradford charity Equity Partnership (www.equitypartnership.org.uk) who have achieved the award.

Support with Training

A wide range of training courses is offered.  These include Setting up a Volunteering Programme, Recruitment and Selection of Volunteers, Volunteer and the Law, updates on DBS Checks and Screening Volunteers, Supervising and Supporting Volunteers. Training is delivered through Community Action Bradford and District and Voluntary Action Leeds. Look at the training calendar to find out what’s coming up.

Support with Marketing and Information

We have a quarterly page in Briefing Bradford.

The volunteer centre has a comprehensive library of volunteering books, training manuals and DVDs for members to borrow.

Photocopying is available in full colour and in stapled and folded booklets, 10% discount for members.

Our portable infra-red hearing loop is available for hire, 10% discount for members.

The annual Bradford District Volunteering Awards and Volunteers Week www.volunteersweek.org.uk  events are a good way to promote the work of your organizations and celebrate the achievements of volunteers.  Members get exclusive access to these events.

Please use these links for resources and good practice guides

Volunteering Good Practice Workbook

Bradford District Volunteering Strategy

Useful Contacts