Northumberland CVA is working in partnership with Connected Voice, Newcastle Volunteer Centre, and North Tyneside VODA to consider whether a common approach to supporting volunteering and voluntary action can be implemented across the North of Tyne area.
In doing so, we want to:
- develop innovative systems to support the effective recruitment and co-ordination of volunteers at scale
- develop a strong system of support and collaboration for neighbourhood-level activity
- create a strong employee-volunteering scene, enabling private sector organisations to easily support their local communities
The past twelve months has seen thousands of people step up to help out in their local communities and this has created an energy to explore new ways of working together to help address the changing needs of local people and organisations.
We have witnessed the emergence of a volunteering workforce that is extremely diverse, representing a shift away from the ‘usual suspects’ and we would like to champion the continued engagement of these residents to support their communities over the coming years.
Finding, checking, training, mobilising and supporting large numbers of volunteers has required organisations to quickly develop new systems for volunteer training and induction, and the adoption of new technology to efficiently assign tasks to volunteers.
We want to support and encourage these new ways of working.
We are therefore seeking the views of voluntary and community organisations, neighbourhood groups and volunteers about ways in which our services might be improved and delivered more consistently.
If you have an hour to spare, please get in touch and we will arrange a chat with you (telephone, face to face or zoom) so that you can feed in your views and observations.
Contact Caroline Burden or Martin Conway