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Description

If you feel that you want to learn more about the voluntary sector then this short 8-week course is for you.

The course will guide you through some of the distinctive features and values of the voluntary sector, how organisations are funded and involve volunteers and other ‘stakeholders’ in their work. It will also provide you with knowledge and skills you can apply to your own work or volunteering as well as your everyday life. You can progress at your own pace over the 8 weeks; each week will take a minimum of 3 hours of your time.

The course features interviews with Martha Lane Fox, the Chancellor of The Open University and a significant figure in the voluntary sector. You will hear Martha talking about her own charity, Go ON UK, as well as her involvement in numerous other voluntary organisations.

Enrolling on the course will give you the opportunity to earn an Open University digital badge. Badges are not accredited by The Open University but they’re a great way to demonstrate your interest in the subject and commitment to your career, and to provide evidence of continuing professional development.

Once you’re signed in, you can manage your digital badges online from My OpenLearn. In addition you can download and print your OpenLearn Statement of Participation – which also displays your Open University badge.

This course is endorsed by the CPD Standards Office .  It can be used to provide evidence of continuing professional development but is not accredited learning. We are unable to provide formal learner verification services for participation in our open online courses, which are provided freely by The Open University as self-directed CPD.

Anyone wishing to provide evidence of their enrolment on this course is able to do so by sharing their Activity Record on their OpenLearn Profile, which is available before completion of the course and earning of the Statement of Participation.

The Open University would really appreciate a few minutes of your time to tell us about yourself and your expectations for the course before you begin, in our optional start-of-course survey . Once you complete the course we would also value your feedback and suggestions for future improvement, in our optional end-of-course survey . Participation will be completely confidential and we will not pass on your details to others.

Earn this free Open University digital badge if you complete this course! The badge can be displayed, shared and downloaded as a marker of your achievement. The badge is awarded for completing the course and passing the quizzes.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of what is meant by the voluntary sector, its values, contribution and distinctive features
  • Recognise and use some of the terms and concepts associated with understanding the voluntary sector
  • Use and apply your knowledge about the voluntary sector to your own work or volunteering experience
  • Link your learning with your own personal or career goals.

Course Curriculum

    • Introduction 00:15:00
    • What is voluntary about the voluntary sector? 00:15:00
    • Defining the voluntary sector 00:15:00
    • Social enterprise 00:15:00
    • Where did the voluntary sector come from? 00:15:00
    • Timeline 00:20:00
    • What is the voluntary sector’s distinctive value? 00:15:00
    • Is the voluntary sector distinctive? 00:15:00
    • Summary 00:10:00
    • Acknowledgements 00:15:00
    • Introduction 00:15:00
    • What are values? 00:15:00
    • Defining values 00:10:00
    • Different levels of values 00:15:00
    • Personal values 00:10:00
    • Values and behaviour 00:15:00
    • Challenges 00:15:00
    • Organisational values and vision 00:15:00
    • Communicating values 00:15:00
    • Conflicting values 00:15:00
    • Values in the voluntary sector 00:15:00
    • Summary 00:15:00
    • Acknowledgements 00:15:00
    • Introduction 00:15:00
    • Data about the voluntary sector 00:15:00
    • Size of the voluntary sector 00:15:00
    • Different sizes 00:20:00
    • The workforce 00:15:00
    • Contribution of the voluntary sector to the UK economy 00:15:00
    • Types of voluntary activity 00:20:00
    • Understanding differences within the voluntary sector 00:15:00
    • Different data: ‘micro-mapping’ 00:20:00
    • Summary 00:15:00
    • Acknowledgements 00:15:00
    • Introduction 00:20:00
    • What is funding? 00:15:00
    • Looking at funding through annual reports 00:10:00
    • Further sources of funding information 00:10:00
    • Income from individuals 00:15:00
    • Income from government 00:15:00
    • Social value 00:10:00
    • Income from other sources 00:15:00
    • Funding challenges 00:10:00
    • Summary 00:15:00
    • Acknowledgements 00:15:00
    • Introduction 00:15:00
    • Who are stakeholders? 00:10:00
    • Stakeholders in voluntary organisations 00:15:00
    • Stakeholder power and interest 00:10:00
    • Understanding power 00:10:00
    • Working with stakeholders 00:20:00
    • Managing stakeholders in the voluntary sector 00:20:00
    • Communicating with stakeholders 00:15:00
    • Summary 00:15:00
    • Acknowledgements 00:15:00
    • Introduction 00:15:00
    • What is power? 00:15:00
    • Defining power 00:15:00
    • Your own sources of power 00:10:00
    • Who are beneficiaries? 00:15:00
    • Engaging and empowering 00:15:00
    • Empowering service users 00:10:00
    • Arnstein’s ladder of participation 00:20:00
    • Real-world examples 00:10:00
    • Summary 00:15:00
    • Acknowledgements 00:15:00
    • Introduction 00:15:00
    • What is volunteering? 00:15:00
    • How many people volunteer? 00:15:00
    • What do volunteers do? 00:20:00
    • Volunteers in specific organisations 00:15:00
    • Volunteering case studies 00:10:00
    • Who volunteers? 00:20:00
    • Why volunteer? 00:15:00
    • Making sense of reasons for volunteering 00:15:00
    • Further motivations for volunteering 00:20:00
    • Summary 00:10:00
    • Acknowledgements 00:15:00
    • Introduction 00:15:00
    • Reviewing your learning 00:15:00
    • Review and reflection 00:15:00
    • Your next steps 00:15:00
    • Do you want to volunteer? 00:10:00
    • Volunteering and employers 00:15:00
    • Looking for a role 00:20:00
    • Making the most of your volunteering 00:10:00
    • Finding paid work in the voluntary sector 00:10:00
    • Tips on how to get your first job in the voluntary sector 00:20:00
    • Reflective learning 00:15:00
    • Kolb’s cycle of learning 00:15:00
    • Get into the habit 00:15:00
    • Summary 00:15:00
    • Tell us what you think 00:10:00
    • Acknowledgements 00:15:00

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