Volunteering Herts CIC Partnership Organisations
What do Volunteer Centres do? – Centres have 6 core functions:
- Working to appropriate codes of practice and procedures.
- Providing information, advice and training to help volunteer-involving organisations develop volunteering opportunities, recruit and retain volunteers and deliver high quality services.
- Matching people interested in volunteering with local volunteering opportunities.
Developing and Marketing Volunteering
- Encouraging interest in volunteering using a variety of initiatives.
Vision and Strategy
- Networking at a local, regional and national level in the strategic development of volunteering.
Proactive Response to Policy
- Identifying and responding to proposals or legislation that may impact on volunteering.
Whilst word of mouth is an excellent way of recruiting volunteers, Volunteer Centres can often introduce “new blood”, or find people to fill particular skills gaps. This is important in ensuring a thriving Voluntary and Community Sector.
Hundreds of volunteer-involving organisations seek information and guidance on volunteer management issues from Volunteer Centres each year.
The network of district-based Volunteer Centres in Hertfordshire work in partnership to offer a range of services including:
- Helping people of all abilities, skills and interests find appropriate voluntary opportunities
- Advertising voluntary opportunities and running recruitment events
- Providing information, guidance and training in volunteer management
- Developing new opportunities for volunteering e.g. for employees and in sports
- Promoting a volunteer friendly culture by campaigning and lobbying
- Working with partners in all sectors to develop volunteering
Volunteer Centres are registered charities, either integrated with district based Councils for Voluntary Service, or independent.