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Courses are delivered at your chosen location or online and are designed for groups of mixed ability and variable subject knowledge based on a maximum of 14 participants to ensure better learning outcomes.   They can be tailored to your specific requirements

Our Trainer

Matthew Plumridge has worked in the not-for-profit and charitable sector for over 25 years from volunteer co-ordinator to project manager and Board member working with small, medium and large UK and international charities.  He is a former Trustee of Volunteering England, Disability Initiative, Toc H and Positive Action (an HIV Charity).  

He has interviewed over 6,000 volunteers, managed two volunteer centres in Surrey and 2,500 volunteers on 60 + community projects throughout the UK, Belgium and Germany (British Army on the Rhine).

We offer:
  • In-house 'face to face' training
  • In-house online training ('Live' using Zoom)

Current Prospectus

VOL 2a

Volunteer Management

This one-day course explores how to manage and reduce turnover of volunteers which can be time consuming, and costly.  The course is primarily designed for those with responsibility for managing or co-ordinating volunteers.
VOL 3b

Introduction to Managing Volunteers

This half-day training is a 'cut down' version of our one-day volunteer management course and should be seen as an introduction only, exploring some of the basics.  It is primarily designed for those who are new to managing or co-ordinating volunteers.
VOL 4a

Volunteer Recruitment

This one-day course identifies the key principles of attracting and recruiting appropriate volunteers.  The course covers all types of volunteer recruitment from long-term regular committed volunteering, to one-off events.
VOL 6a

Volunteer Retention

This one-day course explores how to retain volunteers and reduce turnover which can be time consuming, and costly.  The course is primarily designed for those with responsibility for managing or co-ordinating volunteers.
VOL 7a

Volunteering and the Law

The legal aspects of working with volunteers is wide ranging and relatively complex.  A lack of relevant knowledge can lead to simple mistakes being made which could have significant consequences for your organisation.  This course will help you to review certain aspects of volunteering in order to reduce your potential risks. 
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Volunteer Befriending

Our Volunteer Befriender Training has been designed for a Home from Hospice Service or Befriending Scheme.  The training consists of 4 three-hour sessions, which can be run over 2 days or 4 half-day periods. The training can be adapted to reflect your individual service.  
VOL 9a

Trustee Training

This one-day course is designed for those thinking about becoming a trustee and for new or existing trustees who could benefit from some formal training around their roles, particularly identifying trustee responsibilities and liabilities. 

Your training programme has changed the way we work with volunteers throughout our organisation and it's really working for us 

 - Chief Executive (Hospice)

Interesting and valuable approach, great tone to ensure importance is received and understood with clear and concise language plus good energy

          - Area Manager

It makes such a difference being trained by someone who is knowledgeable, interesting and enthusiastic

- Volunteer Manager

I thought Matthew was a brilliant trainer with full and informative knowledge of the course he was teaching.  Fab day and I learnt a lot about myself 

            - Course Participant

The course helped to reinforce  my knowledge .  I appreciated that the course was tailored specifically to us

- Course Participant

Our trainers come from a variety of backgrounds, therefore we can facilitate courses beyond our current prospectus.

For all enquiries, do please call us on:  01483 564099 or 07866 284781

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