A Community First Yorkshire event

Volunteer Co-ordinators Network Meeting

Neurodiversity symbol. Concept words diversity and neurodiversity on wooden cubes on grey background.
Quote on yellow background: “The volunteer sessions have been great and very useful. A great way to network with other organisations and learn helpful things.” (Steve from Just the Job)

A Volunteer Co-ordinator’s introduction to Neurodiversity

Join us at this Volunteer Co-ordinator Network meeting where we will look at how to involve and support volunteers who are Neurodiverse. The session aims to define what is meant by Neurodiversity, explore the barriers to engagement often facing individuals, help raise awareness of the various related conditions and give you practical advice on how best to recruit, develop and support neurodiverse volunteers on your teams.

Between 15 and 20% of the population are neurodiverse – meaning you are highly likely to come into contact with at least one person with neurodiversity on a daily basis.

At this session we will look at the conditions which fall under this umbrella term – looking at how each condition presents and what that can mean for employers. We will identify the strengths individuals may present with and then explore ways we can work with them to enhance these strengths even further. We will give practical advice on how to support those who are neurodiverse to flourish in the workplace and therefore gain an increased self-esteem and confidence.

There will also be an opportunity to explore this and other topics further with other volunteer coordinators and to raise any issues or concerns you may have about any aspect of volunteer management.

If you have any specific questions you would like to put to the network, please submit these before the meeting.

Who should attend?

This is a network meeting for volunteer co-ordinators from across North Yorkshire to come together to share information, advice, tips and thoughts on all aspects of volunteer management.

Please note this training is aimed at voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations and groups based in North Yorkshire or delivering services within North Yorkshire.

What's included?

All attendees will receive a copy of the presentations and notes from the session.

About the trainer

Vicki Sharp and Lizzie Clapham are Development Officers with Community First Yorkshire.

Lizzie has a background in event and arts project management and years of experience in recruiting, on boarding and managing volunteers in a wide variety of contexts. Lizzie is also the Volunteering Development Officer with Hambleton Community Action where she coordinates the volunteering program including a supported volunteering offer.

Vicki has most recently worked as a Volunteer and Operations Manager at a Museum Trust where she recruited, trained and supervised a diverse range of volunteers. She has also worked as a Youth Development Worker and Area Youth Worker across the Harrogate District. Vicki was an Autism champion in partnership with NYCC and has an adult Autistic son.

Other speakers are just being finalised and will be confirmed nearer the time.

Booking details

Please note that this is a virtual network meeting, which will be held via Zoom.

Bookings deadline:  14.06.2023 (midday)

Please register to attend by clicking here.  Once you have registered, we will send you a confirmation email with a Zoom link to join.

Contact details

Booking or programme queries 
Email: volunteersupport@communityfirstyorkshire.org.uk
Tel: 01904704177


If you would like to attend but do not have a Zoom account or would like a short introduction session on the basics of using Zoom, please get in touch volunteersupport@communityfirstyorkshire.org.uk