How we work
We enhance the value of volunteering by supporting individuals and organisations to get involved.
We do this by:
- Providing a signposting service for people in the borough of Greenwich that wish to volunteer through a unique network of “outreach posts” which provide accessible information and interviews locally, for people interested in voluntary work.
- Servicing the network of registered groups and organisations. Any not-for-profit organisation can register their volunteering opportunities with Volunteer Centre Greenwich and have access to information, support and training in best practice in involving volunteers.
- Promoting volunteering by attending local community festivals, leading on Greenwich Volunteers’ Week in June each year and providing talks and presentations to groups.
- Developing innovative and new ways to reach all sections of the community through a range of development projects.
- Encouraging best practice and quality standards through providing a range of training workshops and published materials.
“Volunteering is freely given but is not cost free”
Volunteering is not about doing favours for family and friends, nor is it about enforced or compulsory participation or financial gain. It also does not replace statutory obligations of local or national government or substitute the work of paid employees.
Volunteering is open to all sections of the community and has no restrictions in terms of age, sex, employment status, ability, ethnicity or sexual preference.
“Volunteering has been described as an important expression of citizenship and essential to democracy. It is the commitment of time and energy for the benefit of society and the community, and can take many forms. It is undertaken freely and by choice, without concern for financial gain” (Government Compact: Volunteering: a Code of Good Practice)
Whether it takes the form of self-help, service to others or spontaneous local activity, volunteering is very much a global movement which has an incalculable impact on the local, regional, national and international community.
The economic value of volunteering in the UK alone is an estimated £40 billion.
The UK houses some 200 Volunteer Centres (formerly bureaux) which, since June 2004, all share a common brand identity. Nationally, there is increasing recognition of the role that volunteers and the Voluntary Sector can play in delivering high quality services and in contributing to civil renewal.