Action Learning Set for Volunteer Coordinators

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What is Action Learning?

Action Learning offers a peer based, solution focused approach to staff development. It works on the premise that learning and action are intertwined.  Being solution focused, it enables positive outcomes for the staff member, organisation, service and beneficiaries.

The learning takes place in a small group of up to six people meeting regularly over an extended period of time.

At each meeting participants present an issue that you wish to resolve. The set will offer you a safe and supportive space where you will have the time to reflect on your situation, consider the desired outcomes and to plan how this can be achieved.

Sessions are ½ day and will take place at set intervals agreed with the group over the year.

 

How will I benefit from this Action Learning Set?

  • You will be a part of a group of volunteer coordinators who have similar responsibilities in relation to volunteer management and want to develop their practice in a supportive environment
  • The set provides a safe and support environment with and input of your peers.
  • You get to decide which issue or task that you want to address in each session
  • Is an opportunity to reflection on your practice, and develop new skills and find alternative solutions

How does my organisation benefit?

  • You will bring in new skills and approaches to problem solving resulting in an increase in well thought out decisions and actions and positive outcomes
  • Peer learning is cost effective as learning is entrenched and brought back to the organisation
  • It is FREE to participate
  • The group will be facilitated by Suzanne O’ Hara who is an expert in the field of Action Learning

Your commitment

Action Learning is FREE to participants. All we ask in return is that you:

  • Attend all 6 set sessions and in addition, the introductory and closing sessions
  • Bring along a current work issue to discuss at each meeting
  • Complete the pre and post questionnaire for evaluation

Joining requirements

  • You will need to have direct responsibility for managing or coordinating volunteers
  • You will need to be registered with one of our Volunteer Coordinator Forum Groups. For more information on signing up to one of our forum groups contact the volunteercentre@bhcommunityworks.org.uk for Brighton and Hove or Hazel Roper for Adur and Worthing
  • Complete and return an application pack

 

Particpant feedback

‘I have found the ALS to be an extremely positive experience. [The facilitator] does a fantastic job of managing the set to make sure we all have equal opportunities.. The group have come from a wide variety of backgrounds which I think also helped as our experiences are so different. ALS has helped to shape my thinking regarding particular issues related to volunteering and helped me gain a new perspective on things’

 

Introduction session date: 24 April, 10.00-1.00pm

Session 1: 29 May, 10.00-1.00pm

Sessions 2-6: Dates and venue to be agreed by the set group

Venue: Community Works, Third Floor Community Base, Brighton

Cost: Free

For more information, an informal chat or to register your interest email sue@bhcommunityworks.org.uk or call Sue on 01273 234860

Places are limited and are restricted to one participant per organisation.

Spaces will be prioritised to members of Community Works working with priority groups as outlined in our current business plan.

 

 

“By discussing issues in the supportive and trusted space of the action learning set, the issues could be more easily understood, processed and resolved. I can think of more than one example, for everyone involved in the group, where their management of volunteers was improved, because of their involvement in the group.”

“By discussing issues in the supportive and trusted space of the action learning set, the issues could be more easily understood, processed and resolved. I can think of more than one example, for everyone involved in the group, where their management of volunteers was improved, because of their involvement in the group.”

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