The  power of volunteering

The power of volunteering

Volunteering benefits individuals, groups and organisations, and our local areas.

It increases people’s wellbeing and connects them to local activities. It helps groups and organisations to increase their capacity and to reach out to communities. It also improves the quality of life of residents and has economic benefits too.

We believe passionately in the powerful and positive impacts of volunteering, and that volunteering should be open to all.

We’ve worked with Brighton and Hove Connected to refresh Brighton and Hove’s volunteering strategy ‘Joining the Dots’, which ended in 2015.

The new strategic document is called ‘The Power of Volunteering – A vision for Brighton and Hove‘ (PDF). It runs from 2016-2021. It provides a comprehensive vision of what volunteering is and should be, and contains five commitments to:

  • raise awareness of volunteering
  • increase the number of people committing to volunteer from all communities
  • enhance recognition of the value that volunteers bring
  • improve accessibility of volunteering opportunities
  • promote good practice in working with volunteers, including adequately resourcing volunteer management and support

The volunteering champions group will develop and implement an action plan that will deliver on these commitments.

We’ll also discuss the action plan and what it means for our members with the voluntary and community sector.

If you’ve any questions about this document, get in touch with Frances Duncan on frances@bhcommunityworks.org.uk or 01273 234023.