e-learning: Creating Pathways to Wellbeing For Volunteer Leaders

04/11/2020 @ 10:00 – 13:00
Online Webinar
Stuart Garland

Creating Pathways to Wellbeing For Leaders of Volunteer EngagementWe recognise that the job of leading and managing volunteers can be challenging. It’s frequently an isolating role, with practitioners often getting little support from within their organisations. Covid-19 has added to these challenges, with stress and anxiety more common.

We believe it is time to give leaders of volunteer engagement access to high quality training aimed at helping them manage their own wellbeing. This will enable them to grow their productivity and address the challenges they face in a more effective way, without it impacting negatively on their mental and physical health.

Volunteer Ireland are delighted to present this two day workshop on Wednesday 4 November and Wednesday 11 November (10.00 to 13.00 both days) which will be delivered by Rob Jackson and Adrian Murtagh. This event coincides with Volunteer Ireland’s events for International Volunteer Managers Day (Thursday 5 November).

Just Smart Thinking and Rob Jackson Consulting Ltd have worked together to provide a new online course that will cover two important topics for leaders and managers of volunteers to engage with:

Session one: Wednesday 4 November
Productivity Management For Leaders and Managers of Volunteers 

We all have the same number of hours every week yet often it feels like we need more just to stay on top of our roles. In this session we’ll explore the limitations of traditional time management approaches and focus instead on how we can be more productive. Filled with tips and tricks this session will get you thinking in new ways for how to make the most of those precious hours you have to get your job done.

Session two: Wednesday 11 November
Setting Reasonable Boundaries For Your Work and Life 

We all know the benefit of getting this right, not just for you as a leader or manager, but also for your teams and your family. To achieve this balance, organisations and individuals must take a proactive approach to ensuring the health and wellbeing of their workforce and themselves. Sadly, many people have given up on trying to achieve this or have developed bad habits. This session will give you a “reality check” by helping you identify was is really important to you and assist you in developing simple but powerful techniques to establish a healthy balance and take back control.

In addition to the two sessions outlined above, all participants will have access to:

An electronic copy of the slides and associated handouts available as free downloads from a shared Dropbox folder

A discount on subscriptions to e-volunteerism.com, the international online journal of volunteer leadership and management

A 20% on the day only discount on the sale price for Rob Jackson and Susan J Ellis’ book, “From The Top Down – UK Edition”

A 20% on-the-day discount to a “Just Smart Balance Wheel”

One discovery phone or Zoom call with Adrian Murtagh.

A 20% discount on the regular price of the electronic copy of the ”Just Smart Thinking Work-Life Bundle”. This includes “Just Smart Goal Setting Workbook”, “Just Smart Live it List Assessment” and “What’s Holding You Back Workbook?”.

This session will take place online via Zoom Meetings and you are required to attend both session one and session two. The cost covers the two days and access to the additional items listed above.

These 2 sessions (3 hours each) will run on Wednesday 4th and Wednesday 11th November from 10.00 to 13.00 each day.

This session is delivered by Volunteer Ireland as part of our activities for International Volunteer Managers Day 2020. The theme of this year’s event is What’s Next.


Rob Jackson

Rob Jackson has worked in the volunteering movement for more than 25 years, during which time he has led and managed volunteers and volunteering in education, advice, fundraising and children’s services settings at local, regional and national levels. Rob worked for Volunteering England for six years, most of which he spent as Director of Development and Innovation. Rob successfully generated over £3million of income, led a merger with Student Volunteering England and oversaw the delivery of a number of strategic development projects in the volunteering field. Rob also provided the secretariat to the ground breaking Volunteer Rights Inquiry. As well as his expertise in volunteerism, Rob has strong links with the fundraising world. He spent six years as a member of the Institute of Fundraising’s Standards Committee and chaired the Institute’s working party which developed the UK’s first code of good practice on volunteer fundraising.

In 2011 Rob established Rob Jackson Consulting Ltd and now provides consultancy, public speaking and training services on a range of topics, with strategic volunteer engagement remaining at the core of his work. Rob works with clients large and small in the UK, USA, Canada, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.

Rob continues to write extensively for the field. He co-authored the 2012 and 2019editions of The Complete Volunteer Management Handbook, has his own blog and writes a monthly column for Third Sector Magazine online. In 2015 Rob co-authored “From The Top Down – UK edition” with respected American author and consultant, Susan J Ellis.

Adrian Murtagh

Over the last three decades, Adrian has positively influenced the lives of hundreds of people across Scotland, Slovakia, Australia, USA and India. A self-starter, Adrian’s professional career as a coach, manager, entrepreneur and leader has spanned the private, public and third sectors within the UK and overseas. He brings a pragmatic, solutions focused and person centred approach to coaching, creatively supporting individuals, organisations and employers to take responsibility for their own development, wellbeing and growth.Adrian easily connects vision, strategy and culture with behavioural change, leadership and wellbeing through simple actions, powerful life coaching tools and clear solution focused goals.

As well as his expertise in life coaching, Adrian has held senior, management and leadership positions within a number of services. His public sector and academic experience include clinical practice with individuals and groups within several NHS Scotland mental health community services, GP methadone programme, needle exchange service, community health schools education projects and the national solvent abuse clinic. He established two community addiction services for a local authority and supported the creation of alternative intervention programmers for youth and children experiencing parental alcohol abuse.

Adrian has been the lead research nurse within two behavioural change research projects with the National Addiction Research Centre in Dundee University Scotland and New South Wales University Australia. Training lead for personal development and volunteering within Skillshare Community College Sydney Australia. Adrian’s private sector experience includes his work with a wide range of corporate organisations both within the UK and Europe supporting them to further develop their corporate social responsibilities and employer supported volunteering programmes.

Through his coaching business he works with a number of employers through his newly developed “Balance Your Business Balance Your Life” coaching program, a holistic approach to business growth and wellbeing. Adrian is a trained mental health professional with strong third sector credentials, which included the lead for the development of membership and a quality standards framework for the Age Concern movement within Scotland.

He is the Head of Volunteer Practice for Volunteer Scotland; the national development agency for volunteering within Scotland.

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