Skills for Volunteers

Ref: C3674474

An empowering course designed to support adults in developing their skills as effective volunteers, It will encourage learners to gain confidence and create belief in themselves. Course content includes exploring the role of the volunteer, developing good interpersonal skills, and understanding issues of equality and diversity.

Course aim

To equip adults with the knowledge, skills and confidence required to be an effective volunteer. To explore and prepare for local opportunities in volunteering.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • No skills required but it might be helpful for students to research the kind of roles volunteers can undertake in any area they may be interested in.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Demonstrate how personal skills, strengths and interests can be used when working as a volunteer
  • Provide 3 examples associated with the roles and responsibilities of a volunteer
  • Describe 3 examples of equality and diversity good practice whilst working as or preparing to work as a volunteer
  • Identify 3 ways of improving skills in listening and communication.
  • Attend a mock interview for a vacancy as a volunteer

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • Regular verbal feedback with be given to the group and 1:1 tutorials during the course.

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • ‘Just about Managing-‘ Sandy Adirondak ‘Voluntary but not an Amateur Sandy Adrpmdacl WEAW website

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Undertake work as a volunteer or take on further responsibilities in a volunteering role. Further WEA courses - tutor to supply information at Next Steps section of final course session.

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Skills for Volunteers


As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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