Rob Jackson Consulting Ltd
Registered in England and Wales, No. 7561086
Registered Office: 9 Commerce Road, Lynchwood, Peterborough PE2 6LR
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We are Rob Jackson Consulting Ltd and we are passionate about engaging and inspiring people to bring about change.
We provide consultancy, training, speaking, writing and mentoring services in strategic volunteer engagement and volunteer management.
Throughout this site you will find more detailed information on who we are and how we can help you, along with quotes from our customers and resources we hope you’ll find useful.
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In our latest article, Rob looks at the need for leaders of volunteer engagement to have appropriate authority to do their role and job titles to match.
“Volunteers increasingly come with a lifetime of skills and abilities that they want to use to help good causes. Sadly, their experience isn’t always a positive one. Those working with volunteers often have low status in an organisation and can’t do much to change things for the better. As a result, volunteers may get angry and frustrated at having to deal with someone so junior. ”
You can always read more of Rob's writing on our blog, published on Wordpress.
New! - We’ve launched a podcast
“Advancing the profession” is all about advanced volunteer engagement practice. Going beyond the basics of working with volunteers, we explore a range of issues designed to help deepen and strengthen your practice as a professional leader of volunteer engagement.
Season one is coming soon so subscribe now:
Lobbying for the strategic importance and value of volunteer engagement
We are proud to be a signatory to a resource for UK based leaders of volunteer engagement, “An Open Letter to Senior Managers & Boards of
Volunteer Involving & Deploying Organisations in all Sectors”.
For the first time ever, some of the UK’s leading volunteer management professional associations and national volunteering infrastructure bodies have worked together to call on senior managers and boards to ensure continued investment in volunteer engagement during these unprecedented times.
With a significant economic shock looming, volunteer management roles are at risk. In the past these posts have been amongst the first to be cut when organisations face financial challenges whilst many Volunteer Managers were furloughed in the early days of lockdown, disconnecting volunteers from the organisation at a time when that connection was more important than ever.
The signatories of this open letter call on key decision makers to think twice and consider the strategic value of volunteering. It is hoped that the letter will be a valuable resource for Volunteer Managers to advocate for the importance of volunteer engagement in organisational recovery and renewal plans.
How to handle cuts and change
During May and June 2020 we published a series of articles on our blog that were loosely themed around helping leaders of volunteer engagement deal with the impact of funding cuts in their organisations. We explored the important role of Volunteer Managers, the thorny issue of job substitution, how to redesign work for volunteers when staff roles are being cut or reassigned, and engaging with unions.
These articles have been collated into one handy resource - a free eBook called “Cuts and Change”. The goal is to help leaders of volunteer engagement: think about their roles in the Covid-19 ‘new normal’; reflect on how they are more important than ever to their organisations; and consider some of the complexities of deploying a different mix of paid staff and volunteers to meet organisational goals.