In addition to a new volunteering strategy, we will develop volunteer induction sessions which will align closely to our existing education programme which introduces volunteers and service users to the values of the organisation and provides solid anti-discrimination education and how to recognise and challenge racisim, sexism, homophobia, transphobia. By doing this, we will ensure that the volunteers who come on board are prepared for working in a diverse environment and ready to help create an inclusive and welcoming organisation for service users.
Beyond the recruitment of volunteers, we will endeavour to create a robust support structure for volunteers which will allow for the continued personal and professional development of volunteers and their retention within a supportive environment where they can grow. This will be facilitated by regular meetings with the Volunteering Support Officer, as well as progress being monitored by regular focus groups with our service users.
Furthermore, our Volunteering Support Officer will organise training and development opportunities - both internal and external - for our volunteers which will help to create both a well informed, highly skilled and experienced volunteer pool and a stronger organisation to support them.
All of this will allow the expansion of our existing services, with a greater provision of volunteers in direct roles such as football coaches but also in administrative or fundraising roles. We would hope that our new volunteering capacity would allow us to undertake a further three community drop-in sessions in addition to our current four sessions by 2021.
As such, we are advertising for this Volunteering Support Officer in July with the intention of someone coming on board to work 2 days a week for United Glasgow FC from August or September 2018.
This is a significant development for the organisation and one which the board of trustees believes will have a tangible impact on the organisation, those who access what we provide and those who volunteer with the organisation.