Practitioner and Volunteer Coordinator Network

Community CVS networks are a great opportunity to keep updated, network and get peer support.

Community CVS holds monthly network meetings where Practitioners and Volunteer Coordinators from all sectors in the borough come together.  Our aim is to improve and promote the consistency and quality of services working with volunteers across BwD.

Those attending the network will get better informed about opportunities and developments in the borough, receive help with recruiting volunteers, make useful contacts for peer support, share ideas and resources, learn from other groups, gain access to training opportunities and sources of support for their service users and volunteers.

The meetings involve a combination of presentations, round robin updates, networking, discussion and training.

Dates for your diary

Please note that, due to the COVID-19 lockdown, these dates are subject to cancellation or alteration. They are also potentially being held over the Internet. Please check back for updates.

  • Thursday 24th September
  • Thursday 22nd October
  • Thursday 26th November

All meetings take place between 9 and 11am at the Boulevard Centre (click here for a map). If you are interested in a 15 minute slot to talk about your project, please contact Donna.

I find the Practitioner & volunteer coordinators Breakfast Network Meetings extremely helpful in communicating with volunteer organisations. They help to build relationships between the organisations and Blackburn College & University Centre. We have many students working and volunteering with these organisations. The Breakfast meetings really help us all to stay in contact and keep up to date on any developments as well as helping to place students in new settings. Without this opportunity it would be very difficult to maintain the same relationships.

Minutes of previous meetings

Want to know what was talked about at previous meetings? Please feel free to download the minutes.

The Practitioner and Volunteer Coordinator breakfast meetings have given me an opportunity to hear and learn about other organisations in the borough – many of whom I was not aware, or at least not familiar with the depth of the work.

The network has given us a platform to publicise our volunteering events, particularly upcoming recruitment sessions.

Many thanks for facilitating these opportunities.


I would like to say that the value that the network meetings have given me in maintaining and continuing the information to and from my network has been paramount in keeping services informed. The face to face element is a worthwhile exercise as it stops detachment of services from other services and maintains inter service relationships.

Thank you for continuing to run this and helping to inform my own network.

Get in touch

Contact Donna Talbot via if you’d like to find out more.