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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New on our blog
In our latest article, Rob revisits a Hot Topic written twenty years ago about the role funders can play in advocating for effective volunteer involvement.
"Over time, I have come to believe that funders have an obligation to force executives to make better decisions about volunteers. If foundations, major donors, and government agencies insisted on appropriate integration of volunteers in service planning and delivery, I predict we’d see immediate attention to volunteer management issues."
You can always read more of Rob's writing on our blog, published on Wordpress.
Season one of our podcast is available now
“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.
All episodes are available now for free via:
Lobbying for the strategic importance and value of volunteer engagement
Last year we were are proud to be a signatory to “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 worked together to call on senior managers and boards to ensure continued investment in volunteer engagement during these unprecedented times.
This letter has now been updated and revised for 2021, reflecting the changed context in which we are all operating more than a year since the first Covid-19 lockdowns.
The signatories of this revised open letter continue to call on key decision makers to 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 as we hopefully move into a post-pandemic world.
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 were collated into one handy resource - a free eBook called “Cuts and Change”. The goal is to help you (leaders of volunteer engagement): think about their roles in the context of changes brought about by the pandemic; reflect on how you 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.