Thumbs may crack, smiles never do

Two months in and going strong.

I have spent the last eight weeks building relationships with local community partners in Battersea. This has been to gain a picture of assets and concerns of community organisations, in relation to how they work with volunteers (e.g. recruitment, training, supervision and retention).

My list of 97 Battersea people and organisations to contact is growing. So far, I have met with 37 people. I have loved meeting everyone on Zoom, spending time getting to know more about them, their projects and what support they need in terms of volunteering. The passion people have for what they do is palpable and I am excited to be working in such an environment.

It’s not all about meeting people. I am also inviting organisations to complete my questionnaire. This will influence my work in the coming months ahead to enable me to support the sector. I have lots of resources to help you with your volunteering programme, from examples of policies and procedures to templates you can adapt and use.

I did manage to trip up and break my thumb recently, which put me out of action for a little while. Although I am currently sporting a lovely blue cast on it, I’m still smiling! Thumbs may crack, smiles never do.

If I haven’t met you yet, just give me a call or drop me an email. I look forward to getting to know you.


Diana Hardman on [email protected]  and 07956617084 (m)

About Battersea Volunteers 

Diana Hardman is the new Volunteering Development Officer for Battersea. She’s working for the Big Local SW11 Alliance and based out of KLS. Her role is to develop and expand volunteering across Battersea.

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