Being a network volunteer
Getting started - Hints and tips
As a volunteer there may not have been time for the previous post holder to go through what you need to do and where to find information and support. This information aims to help make that process easier for you - why not consider:
- Arranging a time to meet up with other volunteers who have a specific role and ask them to update you on current issues;
- Make sure you have key documents to hand such as the business plan, financial plan, management board contacts, notes of the last meeting;
- Find out and add to your diary the meeting dates for the year;
- Add the key calendar dates to your diary to help you plan ahead;
- You can always contact our Regional Stakeholder Manager for more help and advice.
Being a volunteer - Hints and tips
This may be the first time you have been a volunteer so you may find the following general hints and tips of use:
- Be a clear as possible about what is expected of you before you take on the role;
- Don’t take on too much- it is easy to think you have more time than you actually have;
- Don’t struggle with things by yourself - there is always someone who can help you;
- Don’t leave things until it is too late - if you can’t do something find someone who can!;
- Keep realistic deadlines;
- Make sure you consider your “work/ life” balance;
- Keep good records and document decisions - it makes life easier for handing the work on to your successor - volunteering is not necessarily a role for life: plan who will take over from you!;
- Don’t be afraid of getting personal benefit from the role - it is what adds to making volunteering worthwhile!;
- Above all enjoy the experience!.
What are the benefits to you of volunteering?
Volunteering should be an enjoyable experience and there are other benefits too
- Meet new people;
- Contribute to and influence your professional body;
- Become well connected within the profession;
- Good way of keeping close to what is going on and being a part of it;
- Opens up new job opportunities;
- Develops skills and expertise;
- Expands knowledge base outside of your specialism or work area;
- Adds to your CV;
- Provides opportunities to “put back into the profession” and help others;
- Volunteering is at the heart of a sustainable profession.
How do volunteers get appointed?
Most volunteers are appointed through some kind of nomination or election process - this may be different in different regions etc. Region, branch and SIG secretaries will have the details. As far as possible becoming a volunteer should be straightforward and informal. One role of a volunteer is to encourage others to get involved as well, so if you found the process inflexible, or not welcoming, you now have a chance to change it!.
Code of Ethics
All volunteers need to be clear on their responsibilities not only as members but in their role within the network. You need to make sure you have read and understood the regulations.
We expect all volunteers to demonstrate the core values and work towards achieving our mission and strategic objectives in all actions and activities.