Thursday, September 17, 2009

Free Volunteer Workshops

HRM Volunteer Services is offering a series of volunteer workshops this fall. The workshops are intended for volunteers and are free.

Volunteer Trends: Learn about trends in volunteerism and how successful organizations are changing the way they operate to recruit and retain volunteers. 10:00am – 12:00 pm Oct 15 Bloomfield Centre, Halifax

Understanding Your Personality Type: Learn to embrace difference, while attempting to understand our own feelings and emotions. Differences reflect preferences people have for the way they process information, make decisions, organize their workspace, or socialize
with others instead of judging. This session will provide tools to support you in working productively with others. 10:00am 12:00 pm Oct 22 Bloomfield Centre, Halifax

Effective Boards: How to make your board more effective in managing your organization. Learn your role, what to focus on, how to deal with staff and how to know if the board is doing a good job. Learn to keep meetings productive including: agendas, decision making, role of the Chair, etc 6:30pm – 8:30pm Oct 28 Bloomfield Centre, Halifax

The Executive Committee: Who makes up an Executive and what are their individual roles and responsibilities? What should be included in the orientation for new members? What information should every member of the Executive have at their finger tips? 1:00pm – 3:00pm Nov 2 Bloomfield Centre, Halifax

Asset Mapping Community: Asset Mapping is a process that addresses issues and challenges through the exploration, identification, and the connection of assets that are in every community and individual. Learn how to use this tool to mobilize your community. 6:30pm – 8:30pm Nov 9 Bloomfield Centre, Halifax

Effective Meetings: Are you a volunteer and want to increase your skills to better lead or work with your group? Avoid those dreaded meetings that don’t seem to go anywhere. Learn some tools and techniques to get organized, get things under control, and get things accomplished. 6:30pm 8:30pm Nov 12 Musquodoboit Library, Musqodoboit Harbour

Welcoming Newcomers: Many organizations experience difficulty in attracting and retaining volunteers of diverse cultural backgrounds and may feel challenged by different cultural concepts of volunteering. Together, we will look at ways which will assist you in attracting new
Canadians to join your programs or organizations. 10:00am 12:00pm Nov 19 Bloomfield Centre, Halifax

Developing Outdoor Facilities: Does your community want to build a playground, skate park, Basketball court, trail or other outdoor facilities? This workshop will provide you with an understanding of the municipal processes for developing outdoor facilities and examine
how to get community support, project planning, asset mapping, and partnerships. 6:30pm – 8:30pm Nov 25 Bloomfield Centre, Halifax

Step Up Up Leadership: This course was designed by volunteers for volunteers looking for training in personal and skill development. This is a 10 week program which covers topics like personality type, group dynamics, how to form organizations, effective meetings, etc.
6:30pm – 9:00pm Sept 21 North Woodside Community Centre, Dartmouth
6:30pm – 9:00pm Sept 22 LWF Firehall, Fall River
6:30pm – 9:00pm Sept 24 Bloomfield Centre, Halifax

To register, call 490‐4309 or email

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