In Derbyshire hundreds of volunteers have signed up for our unique Volunteer Passport scheme working with children, young people and adults across services and sectors.
Now we're pleased to offer a Volunteer Passport Toolkit to other organisations to make it easy to deliver a training course that has been accredited by NCFE under their Investing in Quality (IIQ) licence- from the initial advertising materials to the final certificates and ID badges.
Who can purchase the Volunteer Passport Toolkit?
If you're a local, regional or national organisation wanting to train, retain and recruit adult volunteers to support children’s services, you can purchase our Volunteer Passport Toolkit.
You might be a:
- local council
- health body
- police force
- voluntary or independent organisation
Why should my organisation buy into Volunteer Passport?
Volunteer Passport is a cost-effective way for your organisation to:
- equip volunteers with key training in equality, safeguarding, health and safety, first aid, and the person centred approach
- retain existing volunteers by supporting, recognising and rewarding them
- recruit new volunteers by inspiring them and giving them confidence
- support community development agendas
Who can get a Volunteer Passport?
The Volunteer Passport course is for adults and young people over 16 who are:
- already volunteering with children and young people
- considering volunteering
- employed or unemployed and looking to find work in children’s services
No previous qualifications are needed.
What is the Volunteer Passport Toolkit?
The Volunteer Passport Toolkit has six core elements.
1 - Training course plans
At the heart of Volunteer Passport is a quality assured training package specially designed to meet the needs of adult volunteers.
Each Volunteer Passport training session uses tried and tested learner-centred activities which are easily adapted by the tutor to suit your local situation.
To receive a Volunteer Passport each participant must successfully complete 5 half day sessions. We supply a detailed plan for each of the 5 half-day training courses which are delivered by your own trainers.
The 5 sessions cover equality and diversity, safeguarding, health and safety, first aid, consulting children and young people.
2 - Learner workbooks
A key part of the course is for each learner to gather their own evidence from interviews, photographs, discussions or peer observations.
We provide the template for an attractive and user-friendly Volunteer Passport workbook to enable each learner to gather evidence to suit their volunteering interests and their own learning style.
3 - Learning resources
The Volunteer Passport Toolkit includes useful templates, for example:
- for learners: information packs, guidance on completing the evidence booklet
- for trainers: handouts, lists of other resources, sample responses to support the five sessions, outline learning plans
We guarantee that all our resources are up to date and reflect childcare best practice and current legislation.
4 - Support Package
We will provide expert support to you to deliver and evaluate your Volunteer Passport scheme.
Our training coordinator will visit your organisation to set up the Volunteer Passport agreement and licence.
Throughout your passport scheme you will also have a named contact to support you in the quality assurance of your Volunteer Passport scheme.
5 - Branding and communications
The toolkit includes materials to help you to attract people on to your Volunteer Passport training course.
By using the branding templates you can easily adapt the strong Volunteer Passport brand to include your own logo and colours.
The branding kit includes artwork for certificates, ID badges, publicity leaflet, poster, pop-up exhibition stand, sample text for website and online application form.
6 - Accredited by Northern Council for Further Education (NCFE)
Volunteers who successfully complete the course receive their Volunteer Passport which includes a certificate and a Volunteer Passport ID badge which formally recognises their important role.
Volunteer Passport has been successfully accredited by awarding body NCFE. The scheme has gained an Investing in Quality (IIQ) licence.
Registering and licensing your Volunteer Passport scheme with NCFE and the administration of certificates and badges are all included.
"I was unemployed and volunteer passport helped me to go on and train for a career in childcare."
"Volunteer passport really is the big society in action - it shows volunteers that they are part of a team."
"I'm proud I've completed a course in being a volunteer."
The charge depends on the number of volunteers who complete their passport.
Please contact us for a quotation to meet your requirements.
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