Hot off the presses, EEE-YFU has now published Let’s Grow Together: A Little Practical Manual for All the Regional Leaders in YFU. This volunteer region leadership manual is a great tool for an volunteers working at local level, looking to development their chapter of volunteers. The manual has all kinds of examples, theories and explanations about key areas of leadership in the volunteer sector, including: environmental analysis, communication, motivation, leadership, teamwork, recruitment, project management, and training and orientation. There are also specific descriptions of specific roles found in local YFU chapters as well as training resources to support the development of those roles.
Let’s Grow Together – A Major Innovation in 2015
One of the biggest achievements in 2015 was the project, Let’s Grow Together, which gathered together regional leaders from across Europe and focused on supporting them to develop local volunteer chapters and regions. It was an innovative project for EEE-YFU as through several different actions (two training courses and job shadowing experiences), the volunteer leaders were support in their local chapter growth projects as well as their personal development.
A big thanks to the authors of the manual, Sigrid Solnik, Steffi Geilhof and Kata Horváth. A big thank also goes to Michaela Dojčinovičová as well as to all the trainers in the Let’s Grow Together project.
Getting Down to Basics in Volunteering
We believe that every leader needs to become an expert on motivation and communication. Understanding the basics of these people-related soft skills are essential, to be able to do great things together with other great people. In the manual, we also focus on leadership and teamwork. You get the chance to reflect on the kind of skills and attitudes needed in order to know how to lead yourself and others in a team. Often, regional leaders face the problem of not knowing enough active volunteers or not having any volunteers at all. In another chapter, we tackle the problems and joys of recruiting volunteers. Who do we think of as volunteer-material and how to get these people to give their time to YFU projects? You can also find a lot of tips and practical tricks from the part on project management.
Finally, the manual addresses training volunteers to gain necessary skills – what can you as regional leader do in order to make your volunteers better at their jobs? In the final part of the manual, we give you hands-on examples of how to train volunteers for a few specific roles. You can find step-by-step guidelines (Training Session Outlines) for three of the most common and necessary volunteer roles: volunteer coordinator, member of the promotional team and interviewer. Now, we don’t want to keep you waiting any longer. Get to know your region, yourself, and all the eager volunteers around you. Never stop learning something new, never stop aiming at the stars. We wish you lots of luck and a smooth path to success!