The volunteering conference in 2015 took place in the splendour of Glasdir conference centre in Llanrwst. Different vocabularies are associated with volunteering in different contexts, and this was a connecting theme throughout the day.
We heard about the growing interest in the concept of wellbeing,
including in government policy-making circles and about the
five hallmarks of wellbeing, namely connect, be active, take
notice, keep learning and give.
Volunteering clearly has a key role in the promotion of wellbeing -
both through the impact of volunteers on beneficiaries in the
community and its impact on volunteers themselves.
Volunteering and the
wellbeing agenda Dafydd Thomas, The Wellbeing
Wellbeing - an article by Fiona Liddell
For some, volunteering is a means to an end and the goal is
employment. It is about gaining skills and experience, testing a
career or exposure to a structured working environment.
for employability John Bisby, Department for Work and
pathways Jan Balsdon, The Wallich
Not surprisingly the language we use in promoting volunteering must
we tailored to our audience. The key messages to
communicate to volunteers who want to get involved for pleasure and
community mindedness will be different from those for those who are
on a pathway to work. In the case of the Outdoor
Partnership it was also important to find the right way to convince
community organisations of the value and potential of taking
volunteering for all Tracey Evans, The Outdoor Partnership
/ Partneriaeth Awyr Agored
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board has (in addition to
its successful 'Robins' ward volunteering scheme) been
piloting the development of 'Critical Friends': retired nursing
professionals who give of their expertise in advising and
supporting clinical audit and review processes.
This voluntary involvement in health service delivery is an example
people at the centre - a new relationship between people
and their public services.
in the health service Angela Hopkins, Betsi Cadwaladr UHB
/ Bwrdd Iechyd Prifysgol Betsi Cadwaladr
Links to workshop presentations:
and conflict Val Connelly and Tegan Sollis, Association of
Voluntary Organisations in Wrexham (AVOW) / Cymdeithas Mudiadau
for employability - working with DWP locally Debbie
Hawkes, Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) / Adran Gwaith a
employee volunteers Jan Smith, Community and Voluntary
Support Conwy (CVSC) / Cyngor Gwasanaethau Gwirfoddol and Kate
volunteer-friendly policies Fiona Liddell, WCVA
See a roundup of the day as told on social media
See also the information sheet The Language
of Volunteering - terms explained