A different kind of investment – what does your organisation stand to gain?
Volunteering England, the volunteer development charity, recently launched the Value Volunteer Management Campaign to increase awareness of the value and importance of investing in volunteer management. Many key organisations have already shown support, including the BBC, Microsoft, Barnardo’s, RSPB, National Trust and PDSA.
These organisations know that investing in professional and strategic volunteer management really boosts the value they gain from volunteering, leading to increased budgets, raised organisational profile, strengthened service provision, improved community relations and much, much more.
Why not visit the campaign site at http://www.volunteering.org.uk/valuevolunteermanagement and find out what your organisation stands to gain? Make sure you sign the Value Volunteer Management Endorsement while you’re there!
Justin Davis Smith, Chief Executive of Volunteering England, said:
“Motivating, supporting and empowering people who are giving up their time freely is a hugely skilful task, yet as a profession, volunteer managers remain scandalously under-recognised and under-resourced.
“We are calling specifically on Chief Executives, Director Generals, Vice Chancellors and other key decision-makers in volunteer-involving organisations from all three sectors to recognise that it is in their interest to invest in volunteering if they are to unleash the contribution that volunteers bring.
“We know that money is going to be in short supply over the next few years. But we also know that without proper investment in volunteering and leadership from the top, organisations will struggle to deliver and society will be much the poorer.”
Anne Reed, Community Affairs Manager, Yorkshire Water, commented:
“Linking volunteering with our business strategy has brought benefits you cannot put a price on.”
Jan McLoughlin, Director General at PDSA, added:
“Investment has proved to be a wise move, as volunteer numbers have soared by 103 per cent. Last year, the economic value of volunteers within PDSA stood at £10.3 million.”
New Support Resource for People Managing Volunteers
Alongside the Campaign, Volunteering England’s new Volunteer Management Portal, was also launched this June, acting as a gateway to the world of volunteer management with links to over a thousand resources across England.
This means that – for the first time – information on support, training and development opportunities for people managing volunteers is available to view in one single place.
If you work with volunteers, or know someone who does, this invaluable new resource will help you locate a wide variety of training providers and consultants, support and development opportunities.
Visit the portal at http://www.volunteering.org.uk/vmportal
Both these initiatives are funded by the Office for Civil Society as part of Capacitybuilders’ Volunteer Management Programme.
For portal related enquiries please contact VMportal@volunteeringengland.org
To find out more about the campaign contact valueVM@volunteeringengland.org
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