I’m not currently in a workplace, can I still get involved?
Attending events was an integral part of volunteering with the Charity and involved people not in workplaces. However, as we’re currently not able to do this, it means your role might be limited. But we’d still encourage anyone to promote the Charity wherever they can, in or outside of the workplace.
Therefore, if you’re still in touch with your ex-colleagues maybe via Facebook or through a Civil Service group e.g. CSPA, please do sign up. It would be great, if you could share materials with these groups.
Of course, as things begin to ease and we introduce different activities and hopefully events, we’ll advertise these for everyone to join in with. However, for now The Champions is primarily a work-place focused role.
There’s no training – how will I know I’m saying the right thing?
Don’t worry. The role has been designed to be straight-forward.
We’ll be in touch with everything you need. We’ll prep you with content and resources for you to share, as well as make sure you understand the key messages.
One of our favourite ways to do this is Coffee Mornings!
Once a month, put the kettle on and join us. Designed to inform and inspire, we’ll be hearing from expert speakers across our services and sharing tips with each other. It’s a great chance to meet other Champions and ask any questions you might have.
What’s the difference between a Champion and a volunteer?
Restrictions surrounding Covid-19 means much of our traditional volunteering isn’t possible. Where volunteers attended events in person, they’ve moved online. Where volunteer trainings were held over lunch in groups, we’re now hosting virtual coffee mornings.
We’ve introduced The Champion role as a 'base level' volunteer. It’s primarily an advocacy role raising awareness of the Charity. As Champions focus only on promoting the Charity’s core messages – not in-depth information on our services – it removes the need for training.
Doing this allows us to get as many people as possible on board, as quickly as we can. The Charity’s priority, during this difficult time, is letting people know we’re here. And that’s what The Champions are doing.
I’m an existing volunteer with the Charity, what does this mean for me?
Honestly, not much will change other than a shiny new name. We’re just growing the team and inviting a few more pairs of hands to help.
You’ll automatically receive all the resources and opportunities offered to The Champions. If you have any questions, you can get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org
We’ll keep everyone informed with any developments as things evolve nationally.
Will The Champions replace existing volunteering?
Not really, no – think of it more as a make-over, or re-brand.
As The Champions evolve and limitations surrounding Covid-19 change, we’ll adapt activities. In time, we’ll introduce ‘skills-based roles’ which will align more to traditional volunteering. At that point, we’ll look at more specialised experiences and run a more formalised structure for training and activities.
Will volunteers and/or The Champions still be invited to deliver presentations by the Charity?
Some of you may have seen a presentation delivered by one of our staff visiting your office. This used to be our main conversation starter with the Civil Service community. Unfortunately, it isn’t something we can currently do but we still need to reach those people.
Over the coming months, our staff will be exploring more in-depth online presentations. We’ll be focusing on fine-tuning and streamlining the process for our audiences.
The Champions won’t be asked to deliver these on behalf of the Charity at the moment. However, once we’ve perfected it, we’re hoping The Champions will help us deliver these.
That said, if you want to organise your own presentation and deliver within your team or department, we’d encourage you to do so!
Will you run events or face-to-face training in the future?
As you can imagine, it’s tricky for us to know exactly when these things might be possible. Our priority at the minute has to be getting the message out there, as freely and frequently as possible.
But the minute it’s safe to do so, we’ll be on the road meeting you all and encouraging you to network.