Torbay Volunteering Forum



We are delighted to announce the next Torbay Volunteering Forum will take place on Thursday 22nd March from 9:30 am – 1:00 pm (including lunch).  The forum will take place at Brixham Rugby Club, Astley Park, Rea Barn Lane, Brixham


9:30 – 10 am:  Registration and refreshments

10 – 10:15 am: Welcome, news and outline of the forum

10:15 – 11:00 am: Workshops:

  • An effective induction process for volunteers
  • Smarter recruitment of volunteers
  • Fundraising for volunteer costs

11:00 – 11:15 am: Break

11:15 – 12:15 pm: Panel discussion: Collaborate and thrive: How can we take the spirit of collaboration beyond the Volunteering Forum?

12:15 – 1:00 pm: Networking and lunch


About the workshops and speakers

An effective induction process for volunteers– (Charlotte Lundrigan and Darren Little, Trainers at Daybreak)

About the session

This workshop will look at the importance of an induction for volunteers within your organisation and how to develop a process of induction that provides your volunteers with the skills, confidence and knowledge they will need for in order to carry out their role.

About the facilitator

Charlotte is a volunteer co-ordinator at Daybreak and her role is to ensure all Daybreak peer supporters and trainers complete the necessary induction, organisational training and are supported in doing so, in order to give the best peer support possible. Charlotte started at Daybreak as a volunteer and from there helped to develop the induction programme with other volunteers that is now in place.

Darren is a peer trainer at Daybreak who runs many self-management courses as well as being part of evaluating, developing and regularly running the induction programme at Daybreak in order to ensure volunteers are given the best experience.


Smarter recruitment of volunteers – (Thea Jones, Employability Enterprise Co-ordinator -University Centre South Devon & Jo Reed, Volunteer Centre Development Officer -Torbay CDT)

About the session

Do you plan your recruitment of volunteers, or just respond to need?  Is there any value in targeting recruitment of volunteers to certain groups or at certain times of the year?  Can a mixture of both approaches work?  This workshop will explore the potential benefits of thinking ahead when recruiting volunteers, how to plan your recruitment and which national and local events could be targeted.


About the facilitators

Thea works as an Employability and Enterprise Co-ordinator at University Centre South Devon, working to develop and promote opportunities for students to enhance their employability. As part of this she has been keen to help students recognise the benefits of volunteering and has organised a number of events including a Volunteer Fair, thanks to the support of Torbay CDT.

Jo has worked for Torbay CDT since September 2017 and looks after the Volunteer Centre function and manages the team of volunteers. Prior to working with Torbay CDT Jo worked in the Volunteer Department at the University of Plymouth Students’ Union supporting and providing volunteering opportunities for university students.


Fundraising for volunteer costs- (Robin Causley, Community Funding Advisor – Torbay CDT)

About the session

We will look at the funding opportunities available to help towards the costs of volunteering at your organisation, how these should be costed and the techniques needed to ensure you maximise your chances of being successful when you apply for this funding.

About the facilitator

Robin has been the Community Funding Advisor at TCDT (and its predecessor organisation CVA Torbay) for seven years. His role includes helping VCSE organisations by undertaking funding searches, bid writing, organisational health-checks, helping devise fundraising strategies, providing Funding Bulletins, administrating local grant funds, liaising with funders, i.e. Big Lottery, capability building through “Fit for Funding” training sessions and facilitating a Fundraisers’ Forum.

Robin has helped local groups raise £3,292,905 in the past three years. Robin has worked in the voluntary sector locally for nearly 28 years, and was previously CEO of Age UK Torbay.


Panel discussion: Collaborate and thrive: How can we take the spirit of collaboration beyond the Volunteering Forum?

The Torbay Volunteering Forum was set up to be a space for collaboration and sharing of knowledge, facilitated by Torbay CDT and run by and for the members. Increasingly it is the forum members who both select and deliver the content, and feedback consistently states that the chance to share ideas is seen as a positive. But how good have we been at carrying that collaboration on outside of the forums? And how can we ensure we take that spirit into our day-to-day work?

Booking for this event is by ticket only, if you do not pre-book you not be able to attend.

Ticket prices are £8 which includes lunch and can be obtained by clicking the link below:

Booking for the event will close on Monday the 19th March at 10.00 am.

If you experience any difficulties booking your ticket or for any other queries, please call 01803 212638