Voluntary Action Leeds launches two new Support Networks

Voluntary Action Leeds has launched two new networks to bring together and support practitioners working in HR, communications and marketing in the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector in Leeds.

Following the success of Voluntary Action Leeds’ existing practitioner networks - including the Volunteer Managers Network, Funding Network and Third Sector Safeguarding Network, which now have a combined membership of over 1,000 — the Communications and Marketing Support Network and the Workforce Development Practitioner Support Network have now been developed in light of feedback from people working in the third sector.  

The new practitioner networks will aim to fill a need and desire within the VCSE sector to bring practitioners together to share skills, knowledge and experience from within their field of work.

The Workforce Development Practitioner Support Network launched on Friday 18 October at Stringer House.  The launch event saw Alacoque Marvin from Wrigley’s Solicitors give an overview of  current key employment and HR issues using recent case law, before the group went on to take part in a round table workshop exploring issues effecting the profession and the future of the network. 

Maxine Woods, Operations Manager at Voluntary Action Leeds, said: The launch of the Workforce Development Network was a huge success and the initial feedback we received has been invaluable, highlighting some clear key areas where support is needed.  We’re now working on putting together the next steps for the group, which will hopefully meet again in the coming months. 

The first Communications and Marketing Support Network meeting will take place on Tuesday 22 October, 2pm — 4pm, at Stringer House with the Voluntary Action Leeds team delivering workshops around the challenges and opportunities for communications professionals.   

Rebecca Quayle, Communications & Marketing Coodinator at Voluntary Action Leeds, commented: “The feedback from many of the groups we support indicates that people working in communications and marketing often juggle multiple roles and lack the specific training and skills required to feel confident in being the online voice for their organisation. The new network will hopefully go some way to tackling isolation within the third sector and bring people of mixed skill sets and experience together to build understanding and confidence within their organisations.

It is also hoped that the two networks will attract experts from outside of the third sector to enable people to learn from the wider business community in Leeds.

Richard Jackson, Chief Officer at Voluntary Action Leeds, added: “Based on the success of our existing support platforms, we are excited to now be launching similar networks to help people working in other areas within the sector.  Over 40 people are signed-up to the new network events, which indicates the need for this type of support and gives a good sign of the future impact on these two areas.”

If you are interested in attending the launch of the Leeds Communications and Marketing Support Network, please sign-up here: http://bit.ly/33v8uEv.

To find out more about the Workforce Development Practitioner Support Network and sign up to be a member visit https://bit.ly/2MyTnV2.



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