Volunteer Managers Forum

Share best practice and have a voice.

In January of 2017, our Community Breakfast was themed around Volunteering and Volunteer Development.  We had guest speaker Karen Miller, Development Officer with Engage Renfrewshire.  She shared her story of developing a Volunteer Managers’ Forum in Renfrewshire and started a discussion around whether a similar forum would be beneficial in Clackmannanshire.

From there, over 50 organisations fed in to the process of creating a forum for Clackmannanshire.  The aim of the Forum is to provide a space for Volunteer Managers’, and others who interact/work with volunteers to engage and work together to:

  • Share resources / best practice / be cohesive
  • Network
  • Support each other with events
  • Create a bank of volunteers to share
  • Have ‘spotlight’ sessions whereby groups will deliver a brief on their projects
  • Invite beneficial speakers
  • Share/inform others of training

Meetings for the rest of this year have been scheduled to take place at Play Alloa between 10am and 12pm on the following dates:

  • Friday 15th September
  • Friday 20th October
  • Friday 17th November
  • Friday 15th December

If you would like to get involved with the Forum please contact our Volunteer Development Officer Louise Orr.


  • If people want to learn something new, we enable that to happen by giving them the training and skills – and along the way they get good company and a sense of achievement from what they have made
    Archie Scott Committee member, Wee County Crafters
  • I get a lot of satisfaction as an RSVP volunteer and I would recommend getting involved. Volunteering Matters to me because of the impact it can have on our community and making a difference to peoples lives. It gives me the opportunity to keep active and to contribute to my community in retirement.
    Bob Kerr Handyperson, Volunteering Matters
  • Deciding to befriend was undoubtedly one of the best decisions I have ever made - we both get so much out of it. I look forward to spending time with her every week and we are always commenting on how much we have in common! Loneliness is something that can affect anyone at any time, and it is projects like this that are so important in helping to stop it. I would recommend befriending to anyone – even if they are feeling apprehensive like I was – as the benefits to the person you are matched with and yourself are endless
    Katie Wardlaw Befriender, Volunteering Matters
  • It has been a good transition from working full time to volunteering. I had not done anything like this since my children were young as I worked full time for a long time but now I feel I can give something back to the community – and I am really enjoying this role. It is a great fit
    Mary Quigley Mary Quigley, Driver/Group Assistant, The Friendship Club
  • I love the variety of work at Play Alloa – there is always something different going on – answering the phone, preparing for the Christmas fayre, parent information evenings, helping with surgeries and providing information for parents. I have really enjoyed being part of a team – everyone helps and supports each other
    Julie Milligan Administration Volunteer, Play Alloa