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–  Recruiting Volunteers and the Five Ways to Wellbeing

This is a joint training session delivered by OCVA and Oxfordshire Mind

This training session looks at how you can recruit, retain, and motivate volunteers and the impact volunteering can have on a volunteer’s wellbeing.  

There will be opportunities throughout the session to reflect on your current methods of recruitment and volunteer management and how you can adapt them to the “new normal” in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

What will I learn?

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • Have an understanding of the motivations behind volunteering.
  • Identify how improvements to both physical and mental health can be used to develop and promote volunteering roles.
  • Reflect on the volunteering opportunities currently offered by your organisation and how they can be adapted in new ways to make your volunteers feel more ‘connected’ and engaged.
  • Have an understanding of wellbeing and why it matters.
  • Know how the Five Ways to Wellbeing can help to support volunteers’ wellbeing.

Trainer Profile

This is a joint training session delivered by Tariq Khandoker from OCVA and Kathryn Pickup from Oxfordshire Mind.

Tariq Khandoker is the Volunteer Centre Coordinator at OCVA. In his current role at OCVA, he works to raise the profile of volunteering and helps organisations to achieve their outcomes through the recruitment, placement, and retention of volunteers. This involves helping organisations promote their work and their volunteering opportunities through print and electronic media as well as managing Oxfordshire’s premier volunteering brokerage site “oxonvolunteers.org”. He also actively engages with prospective volunteers, helping them to build their confidence and skill set in order to secure their ideal volunteering role.

Kathryn Pickup is one of the Workplace Wellbeing Trainers at local mental health charity, Oxfordshire Mind. Here, Kathryn delivers interactive courses, workshops and presentations which aim to promote understanding of mental health and provide practical tools to support mental health at work. She is also a qualified Mental Health First Aider and has experience volunteering with a range of local charities.

Who should attend

This workshop gives an overview of how both physical and mental health benefits can be used to motivate people into volunteering and is aimed at those who have a role in recruiting volunteers. 

You may be new to volunteer recruitment (whether as a paid member of staff or a volunteer responsible for recruiting or managing other volunteers). Experienced recruiters may wish to use the opportunity to reflect and review their organisation’s current practices and develop their volunteer recruitment strategies in line with new developments and research.

No prior knowledge is required to attend.

Thursday 24th June 2021

1.00pm – 4.00pm. There will be breaks within the session.  


  • £45 per person for OCVA Members
  • £60 per person from a charitable organisation who are not OCVA members
  • £75 per person from a non-charitable organisation

This course will be held online using Zoom.


Please note there are two steps to this process and both steps of the process will need to be completed to secure your place.

  1. Complete the Google bookings form and register your details
  2. Make payment via PayPal within two working days of registering for the course. We’re using PayPal for this event. Select ‘pay with a debit or credit card ‘ if you don’t have a PayPal account (there’s no need to sign in to PayPal).

Step 1:

Step 2:

Choose payment type:

£ 45.00
  • Pay with PayPal
Charitable Organisations*
£ 60.00
  • Pay with PayPal
Non charitable rate
£ 75.00
  • Pay with PayPal

Course details at a glance

Date: Thursday 24th June 2021
Time: 1.00pm – 4.00pm
Cost: £45 – £75 

The course will be held online using zoom

Enquiries contact

When contacting us please state the name of the course your correspondence is in relation to.

Email training@ocva.org.uk or call us on 01865 251946

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