Cotswold Canals Trust Volunteers Conference
Wide range of volunteering represented
Many of those present were CCT volunteers, while representatives from the following organisations also attended.
Analysis, feedback and new policies
Proceeding started with a summary of David Groom’s invaluable analysis of the contribution made by all sorts of volunteers to the canal's restoration since 2009.
I then gave feedback from the two volunteers’ conferences held in the autumn of 2014. This included a check list of the things we said we would do and the progress made to date.
Polly Fothergill explained two new volunteering policies.
Both policies have been adopted by CCT Council and are stored in the Trust Website’s Document Store. Click on the titles above to view the documents.
Planning for the future
Pat Swift then spoke about the huge contribution volunteers will make to Phase 1B — The Saul to Stonehouse Restoration. That contribution will have a value of more than £2million.
In the last presentation Jim White, CCT Chair, spoke on 'Ways of making the CCT better & stronger’.
After coffee the attendees divided into eight groups each chaired by a facilitator.
The four topics
The obvious enthusiasm indicated by the noise in the room suggested that the discussions could have gone on far longer than the 75 minutes in the programme.
In the final feedback session each group facilitator reported on four key points.
One over-riding theme emerged — the need for improved and effective communication…
Pat Swift brought the conference to a close.
I shall draft a full report with detailed recommendations for action. In order to achieve that I will contact the people who, through work or other commitments, could not attend the conference.
I will endeavour to arrange ways for them to contribute their views. One such is for people to send an email to me at CCT Administration Office. (See below)
When complete the report will be sent to everyone who contributed.
Copies will be available in the Visitor Centres and at Western and Eastern depots.
I’d like to thank:
Val Kirby — 10th March 2016
Unable to attend the conference?
Time to spare and skills to share?