Waste Buster Volunteer Activities ● Roadshows ● Talks to community groups ● Workshops ● Press releases & articles ● Anything else!
Roadshows ● Involve manning a stand and speaking to passers-by ● Stand-alone or part of a larger event ● Equipment: ● Banners ● Tables/chairs/gazebos ● Leaflets ● Freebies ● Games
Talks to community groups ● Good for passing on more in-depth knowledge ● Presentation & Q&A ● Equipment: ● Computer ● Projector ● Props and/or games
Workshops ● Also delivered directly to groups ● More interactive ● Activity and group-learning focused ● Games, activities, facilitated discussions ● Equipment: ● Session plan ● Props & games
Press releases or articles ● For web or print ● Local press, community newsletters ● About anything you like! ● Will need to be reviewed by Volunteer Coordinator
Common skills ● Confidence ● Knowledge & expertise ● Friendliness ● Enthusiasm Common challenges ● Logistics –Resources –Getting there ● Setting up ● Making it fun! –Suitable for audience –Varied
Communicating “Following a general discussion and exchange of views, the Advisory Committee resolved to recommend that you be advised that the Advisory Committee welcomed the two reports and offered any assistance in the implementation of the recommendations contained therein with the proviso that it be made known to you that the Advisory Committee were of the view that any additional resources channeled to assist sufferers of senile dementia should not be drawn from existing resources and services for the elderly in Lothian Region as this would have a severe detrimental effect on the health and welfare of elderly people.”
Communicating – important points ● Body language ● Approachability ● Clear, simple speech ● Tailor to audience –Speech: avoid jargon –Approach: understand where they’re coming from –Games & activities ● Politeness –Representing the Council and Waste Watch
Role play 1 – Love Food Hate Waste Resident - “It is not my fault I waste food: the supermarket sells me multi-packs of things I only want one of, and gives me 2 for 1 deals”
Role play 1 – Love Food Hate Waste Volunteer - Even when a supermarket deal gives you more food than you can eat, there is no need to throw anything out: store the remainder in your fridge or freezer and plan its use into your meals over the following week. It is a good idea to plan your meals every week in any case – it will save you money in the long term.
Role play 2 – Home Composting Resident - “it is too much effort to compost”
Role play 2 – Home Composting Volunteer – a cold compost heap actually requires very little time or effort. As long as you keep seeds or weed roots out, it is just a case of putting the ingredients in as you produce them, and leaving them to rot on their own. It will also stop your kitchen bin from smelling.
Summary ● Plan your event –Audience –Logistics –Variety ● Know your stuff ● Be friendly, polite and approachable ● Identify with each resident’s knowledge and situation ● Have fun!
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