This volunteering conference in July 2014 looked at how we can positively influence the policy landscape in ways that allow volunteering to flourish.
Within our organisation, we can influence senior managers
and Board members, making good use of the voice and experience of
volunteers to add weight to our arguments.
Written guidance on this has been requested for use by
organisations that are seeking to bring about changes in order to
achieve the Investing in Volunteers standard. This will be
available in autumn 2014.
At a local level we can build partnerships with
others, take local planning agendas seriously whilst demonstrating
our credibility through delivering our core services well.
Nationally we can lobby government bodies and
others to change legislation, policies or practice in ways that
will help our cause.
An example of campaigning for change was given at the conference by
Emma Makarova, Volunteering Manager, Refugee Action. Emma could not
be present in person, but made her contribution by video.
There are channels for volunteer managers to raise issues and have
their say in Wales, locally through volunteer manager forums,
organised by many local Volunteer Centres/ County Voluntary
Councils and nationally through the Wales Volunteering Policy
Easy access volunteering (Hywel Dda University Health
The Volunteering for Health team has reappraised its volunteering
policies and procedures in order to be able to accommodate the
needs of volunteers with learning disabilities.
volunteering - presentation notes
Increasing young people's participation in sport in
disadvantaged areas - (Street Games & Sport Wales Young
Traditional approaches to involving volunteers in sports activities
in disadvantaged areas have not always resulted in high levels of
participation. A partnership approach based on co-operation between
Sport Wales, GwirVol, Street Games and Sports Leaders UK and Young
Ambassadors has aimed to change both participation levels and the
image of young people in disadvantaged areas.
young people's participation in sport - presentation
Developing Volunteer-led services - (Macmillan Cancer
UK wide Macmillan research identified that people affected by
cancer felt "abandoned" after treatment and highlighted a need
for practical and emotional support in the community. This led to
the development of volunteer-led services, in 12 areas across the
UK, including in west Wales. Now entering its second year the
scheme has recruited volunteers and taken its first
Developing volunteer -
led services - presentation notes
Volunteer referrals from Working Links. (WCVA
Successful negotiation with Working Links for volunteer centres and
volunteer involving organisations to receive payment for support
offered to their clients.
from working Links - presentation notes
The Volunteering Mile - Jeremy Rees
Preliminary work is underway in support of a lottery bid for a
project which will foster local partnerships, community
development and volunteering including Employer Supported
Volunteering in Butetown, Cardiff.
The volunteering mile -
Improving young volunteers' experience in Job
Centres (GwirVol Youth Panel)
Working with Job Centre Plus to improve the experience of young
people in job centres, by improving understanding about
volunteering and benefits.
young volunteers' experience in Job Centres - presentation
Read our WCVA blog post about the
conference, which includes slides from the main
And see a round of the day as
told on social media