Volunteer Training and Support

If you work with volunteers as a Volunteer Manager, Co-ordinator or in any other capacity, we have a package of training and support than can help you in your role.

1-2-1 Support
You can contact us for tailored support around managing your volunteers or to help with a particular problem you’re experiencing. Our experienced team will work with you to help you find solutions.

Introduction to Volunteer Management
Our popular training session equips you for all aspects of working with volunteers. Suitable for newcomers to the role or those who need a refresh, this training is jam-packed with information, ideas, and activities and provides you with key resources to take away. This training gives you a comprehensive overview of everything a Volunteer Manager needs to know. From initial planning stages and finding the right volunteers to retaining them, once recruited, with the right support and supervision, we will help you make sure nothing is overlooked.

Topics include:

  1. Effective communication
  2. Training and development
  3. Support and supervision
  4. Reward and recognition
  5. Overcoming barriers
  6. Equality & diversity
  7. DBS checks

Feedback from previous sessions

“I have thoroughly enjoyed this workshop; it has given me lots of practical ideas/guidance to take away”.

“Really enjoyed the training session. Covered everything I needed to know plus more”.

“I enjoyed the training and look forward to networking with VAST in future”.

This training will be delivered via Zoom.  The session will last for 3 hours including a comfort break and the price includes resources to take away including template volunteer handbook and induction pack.

We run Volunteer Management training throughout the year. For more information please drop us an email to [email protected] or book your place by following the Eventbrite link below for your chosen date.

To book for 16th June 2021


To book for 1st December 2021


Volunteer Management Training Workshops

New for 2021, we are offering a series of training workshops that delve into some areas of volunteer management in greater depth.  These are ideal for those that have completed our Introduction to  Volunteer Management training or for those who have been in post a while and have more specific needs.

These highly interactive workshops will take place via Zoom and will be around 3 hours with plenty of time for networking. These workshops can be booked as stand-alone sessions but why not book the full series and take advantage of a discounted price!

Please book you place by following the Eventbrite link below.


£15 per workshop

£50 for 4 workshops

Workshop 1:  7th September

Barriers to volunteering

Drawing on the research that we conducted with Staffordshire University as part of our Vintage Volunteers project, we will help you and your organisation to identify barriers that stop people from participating in volunteering. In this interactive session, participants will discuss ways to address and overcome these barriers, whether they be practical, structural or emotional.

To book your place: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/volunteer-management-workshop-barriers-to-volunteering-tickets-162679166767 

Workshop 2: 9th September

Volunteer Recruitment

Your role advertisements and role description are your first means of communication with a volunteer, so they need to be effective. In this session we will equip you with the skills to produce eye-catching advertisements and good quality role descriptions. If you feel your descriptions lack appeal and you are not attracting new volunteers, then this could be the workshop for you.

To book your place: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/volunteer-management-workshop-volunteer-recruitment-tickets-162681519805

Workshop 3: 14th September

Equality and diversity

We live in an increasingly diverse society and need to be proactive in making sure we recognise and respect each other’s differences. This workshop will explore ways to promote equality and diversity and find ways to be more accessible and inclusive to underrepresented groups in society, who may otherwise feel that volunteering is not for them.  If you want to find ways to make your volunteering opportunities more inclusive, book your workshop place now.

To book your place: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/volunteer-management-workshop-equality-diversity-tickets-137624936891

Workshop 4: 16th September

The Volunteer Experience

Volunteer retention is just as important, if not more important, than volunteer recruitment. This workshop will help you to effectively support and manage your volunteers and foster harmonious relationships.

We will share best practice in good communications, navigating difficult situations and resolving conflict between volunteers.

To book your place: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/volunteer-management-workshop-the-volunteer-experience-tickets-137617121515


If you would like to book the offer of 4 workshops for £50 then please follow this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/volunteer-management-workshops-4-workshops-offer-tickets-162682300139