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 gives five tips for finding fantastic volunteers.
“A common mistake people make when recruiting volunteers is suggesting that anyone is suitable for the vacant role. This approach is often driven by a fear that nobody will come forward. It’s a technique that can work for certain positions, typically those that require no specific skills or experience, just a warm body. For roles where some kind of existing competence is required, however, we should target, target, target.”
You can always read more of Rob's writing on our blog, published on Wordpress.
Lobbying for the strategic importance and value of volunteer engagement
We are proud to be a signatory to a new 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 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 now 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.