Name Jon Monaghan
Telephone 07728 407209
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My name is Jon Monaghan I live in Weymouth and spent four years as the Club Volunteer Co-ordinator at Weymouth & Portland RFC. This was hard work, challenging, enjoyable and productive. I have met some of you in person at conferences, at the RFU Leadership Academy and the Volunteer Recognition evening in 2016. Many of you may not know who I am and what I can do to help. Last year I facilitated a survey to see what role of CVC looks like in Dorset & Wilts RFU and to identify what clubs want from my role and identify some of the problems they have. The survey was not designed as an in-depth piece of work and simply identified the support clubs want from the CB in relation to volunteering and the problems they are experiencing.
Having been a CVC at a Dorset & Wilts club I am fully aware of the value of volunteers and the work they do. To support the Dorset & Wilts clubs I need to know who has problems, who wants help and in what capacity. I have some ideas of my own but realise that a lot of you also have good ideas and practice that need to be shared where possible. If you would like to make a suggestion, arrange a visit to your club or just have a chat to explore what support is available please make contact with me through
Dorset & Wilts RFU recognises that Volunteers play an essential role in providing safe, enthusiastic and successful clubs. As the CB Volunteer Coordinator, I’m keen to support Club Volunteer Coordinators in valuing and rewarding volunteers. In the coming years, I would like to assist in further improvement of Club and CB volunteer recognition, development and most importantly recruitment.
In 2016 Dorset & Wilts RFU recognised volunteers in 4 areas; from 2017 we would be recognising volunteer work in 9 areas with awards. This is the vision of the future and includes:
- Volunteer of the Year
- Volunteer of the Year in Mini & Youth
- Administrator of the Year
- Volunteer of the Year in Ladies’ & Girls
- Young Volunteer of the Year
- Outstanding Achievement Award
- Groundsman of the Year
- Referee of the Year
- CVC of the Year
I hope to help share good practices and support CVC’s in developing their own award ceremonies which then feed into the county awards. The Dorset & Wilts recognition awards are not instead of club awards and are an addition.
Clubs have been invited to make Nominations in the areas above, this year eight clubs, the CB and the RDO’s nominated. This means less than 25% of clubs have accessed this facility.
I hope this will increase in the coming years and become a celebration of volunteering and social event at the end of the season.
Recruiting new volunteers is an endless task for all CVC’s, but we must also keep one eye on the future and succession planning is a vital part of the recruitment process. Often, we become stayed and our clubs stagnate with the same people doing the same jobs the same way year after year. Succession planning will help to avoid burn out in volunteers and changes club officials around to give willing volunteers the opportunity to get involved and bring their skills.
Forum – Sharing Good Practice
We all have idea but not all are successful. The survey in 2016 identified that clubs would like to have a platform for sharing ideas for recruitment, retention and rewarding volunteers. This is the start of this process. I am also in the process of setting up a CVC Facebook page.