Table discussion ‘Challenges to U3As’ facilitated by Steve Connelly
Steve Connelly provided the Conference delegates with an insight into the effective operation of not-for-profit organisations particularly in keeping volunteers happy in their work, balancing work for organisations such as U3A with home and private life.
Steve Connelly directs CPR Group’s sport and community development team. He has worked with CPR Group since 2005 and has extensive experience across a broad range of projects. Steve lives for those ‘light bulb moments’ and gets a genuine kick out of helping volunteers to be happier in their roles and activating the human potential which exists in all not-for-profit organisations. Steve assists committees to run better businesses, enhance financial viability and become volunteer champions. Steve is a qualified workplace trainer.
After a short presentation on his background and the various ways he works with not-for-profit groups Steve moved to facilitating table group discussion based upon the results of a preconference survey from people attending the conference. The top five responses from the survey were selected as topics for table group discussions. There were fourteen tables which were allocated one of the following five topics.
- Volunteers – attracting, retaining, and rewarding.
- Tutors – attracting, retaining, and rewarding.
- Management Committee – attracting, retaining, and rewarding.
- Succession Planning – all roles, assistants for roles and subcommittees.
- Promoting U3A
After a 40-minute discussion where notes were taken there was then a 45-minute period when tables presented their ideas, with some advice and comments thrown in by Steve. The session was well received and lots of exchange of ideas took place. The note papers were collected after the session and they will be correlated for distribution at a later date.
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