What Volunteer Centres do
Volunteer Centres (VCs) are local agencies that promote volunteers and volunteering. In London they are borough based and normally work with people living, working or studying in the borough, and support organisations operating or wanting to recruit locally.
Services for volunteers
Volunteer Centres offer a brokerage service, matching volunteers to local organisations. If you want to volunteer, get in touch with you local Volunteer Centre. They will help you find the right volunteering opportunity for you, they will give you details of the organisation hosting the volunteering opportunity, and encourage you to get in touch. Volunteer Centres can help volunteers in person, over the phone or via email. Some Volunteer Centres offer specific services to volunteers with disabilities, organise group volunteering or work with companies.
Volunteer Centres can help with any question you have regarding volunteering, and if they cannot help directly they will refer you to someone who can. Volunteer Centres work with organisations to ensure that your volunteering experience is fulfilling, that you are safe and treated fairly, and that the volunteering experience fits your personal and professional development. Find your local Volunteer Centre from the links above, or use the VC finder on www.do-it.org.uk
Services for organisations
Volunteer Centres help organisations recruit and manage volunteers, and develop volunteering opportunities. Volunteer Centres work for a more structured volunteering. If your organisation needs help with anything from finance to gardening, Volunteer Centres will help you write a role description, find suitable candidates for the role, offer training and one-to-one support on how to manage and recruit volunteers, and will offer advice on all the legal and good practice requirements.
Organisations can get help on how to make volunteering an experience that is beneficial to volunteers and productive for the organisation. Volunteer Centres also campaign for a more volunteer friendly climate and promote volunteering opportunities locally and nationally. Services may vary locally and are generally free. You’re never too far from a Volunteer Centre. Find your local Volunteer Centre from the links above, or use the VC finder on www.do-it.org.uk
GLV’s membership continues to grow and diversify – our current non-Volunteer Centre members are:
Prison Advice & Care Trust (PACT)