Community groups can take part free in a workshop focused on managing volunteers with extra support needs.

The workshop is being offered by Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service (LCVS).

Ruth Copleston, LCVS senior community development officer, said: “This half-day workshop gives an introduction to managing volunteers with extra support needs, whether those be temporary extra support needs for a long term volunteer or ongoing extra support needs for a new volunteer.

“With the ongoing challenges of finding volunteers, it is important not to exclude people who, with some simple steps, could be helped to take on a role and be of great value to an organisation.

“Extra support needs could range from someone being low in confidence and needing additional early encouragement and guidance to having only very specific capacities and skills, but ones that with some creative thinking could still make a fantastic contribution.”

The workshop aims to help participants identify different support needs, recognise the barriers people with extra support needs face when volunteering, explore how to reduce barriers to aid recruitment and retention, discuss how to inform all staff and volunteers in a positive manner, consider strategies to deal with potential hazards and have an awareness of the benefits to an organisation of diversifying its volunteer base.

The workshop will be held at South Holland District Council offices, Priory Road, Spalding PE11 2XE, 1pm to 4.30pm, Monday, March 13.

Volunteers can access the course free. It is £10 to paid staff in the voluntary/community sector, £20 for public sector staff and £30 for private sector staff.

Book via: LCVS course guide

For further details contact LCVS, email: or  phone: 01205 510888 ext 3 for Spalding office.

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