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Organisation Support E-Bulletin – August 2022

Welcome to our Monthly E-bulletin for August – keeping you informed with the latest news, updates and information from Volunteer Glasgow’s Organisation Support team! If you have something relevant to Volunteer Managers that you want us to include in the next e-bulletin please let us know.

Advertising Workshops & Volunteer Managers’ Networking Events 

We’re very excited to be hosting our upcoming Networking Event in person (with huge thanks to Barlanark Community Centre for hosting us) on Thursday 25th August from 10am – 12pm! Join in on our popular networking mornings and make connections with other volunteer managers and coordinators in person.

The room is wheelchair accessible and tea and coffee will be provided. Barlanark Community Centre is accessible from Garrowhill train station, or on the 41 or 38E bus from Glasgow city centre. The session is free to attend, but please book your place in advance – sign up on Eventbrite by clicking here. 

There is also an online option for our Networking Event on Wednesday 24th August at 10am – 12pm. You can sign up to the online session by clicking here. 

We will be hosting our Advertising Workshop on Wednesday 31st August. In this free two-hour session, you can learn how to improve the effectiveness of your volunteering advertising, make your volunteer recruitment adverts more engaging and inclusive, and meet other volunteer managers and get to know Volunteer Glasgow’s Organisation Support team. Sign up to our Advertising Workshop by clicking this link. 

We’d Love Your Feedback – Take Part in the Organisation Support Survey!

At Volunteer Glasgow, we want to make sure that we’re offering services that are relevant, useful and accessible – if you’ve used any of our services, the Organisation Support team would love to hear from you. We welcome any feedback – positive or constructive – to shape our services into the best they can be for your organisation and organisations across Glasgow.

Share your feedback in our Organisation Support Survey by clicking this link. 

Smarter Volunteer Manager Training – Book Your Place Now!

Our popular Smarter Volunteer Manager Training is now taking bookings for our October/November sessions! The course will take place over 6 weeks on Wednesday mornings from 5th October to 9th November and cost £250 (limited free spaces for organisations of <£20,000 turnover). Places are first come, first serve and limited to six attendees.

Read more about SVM via this link to book your place.

The SVM programme is designed to be Peer-Led/ Informal learning environment facilitated by Volunteer Glasgow Staff. Therefore, the Training is:

  • Learner driven and self-directed.
  • A relaxed experience for participants.
  • Expands participants’ reference and knowledge points on engaging volunteers.

“Do not hesitate to go on this course! Everything from the trainers, the workbooks, the exercises, the peer support and conversations make it an enjoyable and relaxed training experience.” – SVM Participant, May 2021


Volunteer Managers’ Network – Join In!

Our Slack forum for Volunteer Managers continues to grow – there are now over 90 volunteer coordinators and managers networking and sharing resources on the forum!

There is a general channel for discussion and networking as well as a training channel specifically for sharing helpful training ideas for yourselves as volunteer managers, or your volunteers.  We are eager for the forum to develop over time as it grows and changes to suit member’s needs, so please do get involved and help shape the network to best support volunteer managers across Glasgow.

Click here to sign up and join the Volunteer Managers’ Network!

Click on the the following link to read our blog about Slack.

Provider of the Month

To celebrate all the amazing work that YOU are doing as volunteering providers, we are proud to announce a new monthly recognition award – Provider of the Month!  If you have done something exciting, launched a new activity, had a great event or just want to show off how amazing and meaningful your work is – give us a heads-up, and we may highlight you in our next e-bulletin!

Our Provider of the Month for August is social enterprise and registered charity Merry-go-round, based in the southside of Glasgow! You can read more from Gillian at Merry-go-round below:

“Our Founder, Sam Moir, set up Merry-go-round in 2012 after becoming a parent and realising just how much stuff little ones need as they grow. With many children’s items discarded after very little use, Sam thought there must be a way to pass on pre-loved goods so that parents could reduce the financial and environmental impact of raising a family. With so much baby stuff available, why buy new? And so, Merry-go-round was born – a social enterprise and registered charity that offers:

  • A boutique shop in Glasgow’s Southside where families can purchase high-quality second-hand children’s goods at low prices.
  • A supportive space with an events programme where everyone is welcome. 
  • Free goods and support for families who need the most help.
  • A volunteer programme which provides opportunities to gain new skills and make friends.

We currently have around 20 volunteers who play an important part in supporting our team at MGR. We are always on the lookout for more people to join us and have recently recruited a PAT testing volunteer who was provided with accredited training to carry out this key role. 

We offer excellent training, unique and rewarding opportunities for volunteers to gain new skills, make new friends and play a vital role in the community whilst reducing social isolation and creating a sense of togetherness. 

There are many ways to get involved in this rewarding work – from helping us at the shop, to sorting through donations in the stock room, taking part in our events or making deliveries in our van. [Volunteers] get first hand experience of how we reduce waste and will see the impact customer donations bring to our community. 

In addition to our usual opportunities we have relaunched our Megasales with the first one taking place during the weekend of 16th and 17th September. We have additional sessional opportunities in PR, retail and stock processing for people wishing to be a part of this event and/or preparation for it. Head over to our website to find further information about the opportunities we have available www.merrygoroundglasgow.co.uk.”  



Thank you for reading and if you have any questions about the Organisation Support offered at Volunteer Glasgow, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at findvolunteers@volunteerglasgow.org.


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