Blog: Why become a board member?                                                                 

Being a board member is one of the most important roles in a charity or social enterprise. Trustees or directors work on governing bodies and take ultimate responsibility for an organisation, ensuring that it is well-run and working towards its purpose – whether that is (for example) to decrease poverty, provide play opportunities for children or offer housing to people who are homeless.

31 July, 2018

The VCSE sector will play a key role in delivering adult care and support according to Bristol City Council’s new market provision statement.

Launched in early July, ‘Working with us for Better Lives’ sets out the council’s vision for radical changes that it intends to make to adult care and support over the coming years.

15 February, 2018
Shocking news about the sexual misconduct of a number of Oxfam staff resulted in a serious a backlash from the media, and the withdrawal of support from many of its regular donors. Many will be questioning whether it has also dealt a blow to the charity sector overall. Whatever your feelings about Oxfam’s fate, it should be clear that no matter the size of organisation or the strength of its overall ethos – gross misconduct can happen anywhere. 
 

Interested in Radio & Media? Ujima Radio invites you to our Open Day!

Volunteering with Ujima 98fm can:

  • Improve your CV

  • Update your skills

  • Provide a valuable sense of community

  • Open doors to the city’s arts and cultural sector

Date/Time: 
Thursday, 8 February, 2018 - 10:30
17 January, 2018
From 1 August 2018, changes to the law will put greater restrictions on who can run a charity. The Government has published new guidance to help individuals (such as trustees and those in senior management positions) to find out if the new ‘automatic disqualification’ rules apply to them.
 

The Volunteer Organisers' Forum is used to promote and share best practice for those managing or coordinating volunteers. We currently meet quarterly to discuss a variety of issues relevant to volunteering such as volunteer recruitment, employability, DBS checks, volunteer retention, thank you events, welfare reform impacts, volunteers and the law amongst others.

This event will take place at UWE and will cover:

- Introduction to GDPR for volunteer managers led by Katie Finch + Jessie Langton, Voscur

Date/Time: 
Wednesday, 28 February, 2018 -
10:00 to 13:00
20 September, 2017
 
The Government is looking to better support charities and young people to participate in ‘full-time social action’. It is consulting with young people and the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector to find out how the full-time volunteering experience can be improved, and common barriers could be overcome.
 
The review will gather evidence on the current opportunities available, the current status of full-time volunteers, the impact of full-time social action on young people and their communities.
 
23 August, 2017
 
Submit your response to The Select Committee on Citizenship and Civic Engagement by Friday, 8th September.
 
The Volunteer Organisers' Forum is used to promote and share best practice for those managing or co-ordinating volunteers.  We currently meet quarterly to discuss a variety of issues relevant to volunteering such as volunteer recruitment, employability, DBS checks, volunteer retention, thank you events, welfare reform impacts, volunteers and the law amongst others.
 
This month we will be covering:
 
Making volunteering inclusive for those with complex needs
 
Myth busting and confidence building
 
Date/Time: 
Wednesday, 27 September, 2017 -
10:00 to 13:00

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