Although Socitm has a core of paid staff it derives its distinctive character and considerable capacity from the voluntary effort of many members. While several dozen members already give a great deal of their time on a regular basis at both national and regional level, we believe that setting up a National Register of Volunteers will give further opportunities for involvement and increased resource and capacity for Socitm to develop work on behalf of all members. The register will help identify additional people who would like to offer their time and expertise to Socitm from time to time.
Why is a register useful?
The new register will enhance the Society's ability to respond to new and changing circumstances while maintaining its considerable influence and its services to present and potential members.
This is particularly important in times of austerity. There has never been a greater need to promote innovative ways of doing more with less enabled by technology.
How might volunteers help?
The many and varied areas where extra help might be required include:
- acting as sounding boards
- engagement with potential and inactive members
- representing the Society
- advice in specialist areas
- internal projects
- supporting the establishment of new activities and services
- assistance with events
- supporting regional activities
- temporary cover and staff support when vacancies arise
- helping to cope with peak activity in general.
All agreed expenses of volunteers will be reimbursed.
Can you assist?
Expressions of interest are being sought. Volunteers will be asked to provide details of their skills, knowledge, availability, areas of particular interest, types of work to avoid, and preferences for travel and/or working from home.
If you wish to find out more or are already willing to put your name forward as a possible volunteer then please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This may be a particular opportunity to keep involved and keep in touch for past Socitm activists who have retired or can no longer make regular assured contributions.