Our Core Functions

1. Brokerage

Your local Volunteer Centre’s primary function is to match both individuals and groups interested in volunteering with appropriate opportunities in the local community. The Centre holds information on a comprehensive range of opportunities. We offer potential volunteers support and advice matching their motivation to volunteer with appropriate volunteering opportunities.

2. Marketing Volunteering

Your local Volunteer Centre stimulates and encourages local interest in volunteering and community activity. This may include promoting and marketing volunteering through local, regional and national events and campaigns. The Centre manages and promotes a national brand for volunteering.

3. Good Practice Development

Volunteer Centre Swindon promotes good practice in working with volunteers to all volunteer-involving organisations. We deliver training and accreditation for potential volunteers, volunteers, volunteer managers and the volunteering infrastructure.

4. Develop Volunteering Opportunities

Your local Volunteer Centre works in close partnership with statutory, voluntary and private sector agencies as well as community groups and faith groups to develop local volunteering opportunities. We understand the potential offered by the local communities and work with them to realise this potential. Your local Volunteer Centre will target specific groups that face barriers to volunteering. We work creatively to develop imaginative, non-formal opportunities for potential volunteers.

5. Policy Response and Campaigning

Your local Volunteer Centre identifies proposals or legislation that may impact on volunteering. It will lead and/or participate in campaigns on issues that affect volunteers or volunteering. We campaign proactively for a more volunteer-literate and volunteer-friendly climate.

6. Strategic Development of Volunteering

As the local experts on volunteering, your local Volunteer Centre informs strategic thinking and planning at a regional and national level.

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