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Enabling Volunteering Dublin 9 March 2006 George Thomson VDS aims Share with you my perspective The approach we’re taking in Scotland Complement Wendy Osborne Start a dialogue between us Positive climate media Parliament Year of the Volunteer CSR- employers and companies) Students etc.

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Enabling VolunteeringDublin 9 March 2006

George ThomsonVDS

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aims

  • Share with you my perspective

  • The approach we’re taking in Scotland

  • Complement Wendy Osborne

  • Start a dialogue between us

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Positive climate

  • media

  • Parliament

  • Year of the Volunteer

  • CSR- employers and companies)

  • Students etc.

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Context for volunteering

Volunteering is defined by the social, economic, political, environmental, cultural and historical context of the place you’re interested in.

Australia- 150,000 volunteer firefighters- Scotland mountain rescue

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Different types of volunteering

  • UN characterizes volunteering within 4 headings

  • service

  • campaigning

  • Civic involvement and participation

  • Self-help

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Concept of volunteering market

Supply-people

Demand-opportunities

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Who’s studying the market?

  • Evidence rather than opinion

  • Government

  • Local Authority planning

  • Agencies- employment (e.g.Pre Volunteering Programme for Commonwealth Games Manchester)

  • Voluntary organisations (Samaritans)

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The importance of the supply side

  • Tackle the myths

  • Advocate for people

  • Sensitive to lifestyle, diversity, individual circumstances

  • Listening

  • Help the demand side to connect

  • Promotion (why promote volunteering?)

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Some supply side findings

  • 95% value volunteering

  • Equal willingness of all socio economic groups to volunteer

  • Middle class twice as likely to volunteer

  • Young people’s interest ( Project Scotland research-- £5k)

  • 60% never asked!

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Some demand side findings

  • 75% volunteering through voluntary sector

  • 25% public sector

  • Higher turnover

  • Lack of expenses/childcare etc.

  • Volunteering 100 group established

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Volunteering strategy Scotland 04

  • Research based and market analysis approach-4 strands

  • Young people ( increase supply side)

  • Tackle the opportunity gap ( demand – side)

  • Improve the volunteer experience (demand side)

  • Monitor and evaluate for policy ( intelligence)

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Volunteer Development Scotland role

  • Understand the volunteering market

  • Design appropriate interventions with Government ( iniquity and opportunity) and others

  • Work with Volunteer Centre's to mirror the national approach locally

  • CONNECT supply and demand, and gain equilibrium

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Volunteer Centre’s role

  • Understand the volunteering market

  • Design appropriate interventions with

  • CONNECT supply and demand, and gain equilibrium

  • LEAP planning framework

  • Data base

  • Networking and partnership

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Lifestyle and changing face

  • NFP

  • Canada

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Creative connecting

  • People and planet

  • BBC Action Scotland

  • ICT

  • Make poverty history

  • Western Islands family activity days

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Organisational development

  • vision

  • mission

  • Priorities for action

  • Relationship to volunteering ( much bigger than us!)

  • Partnerships

  • Results

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enabling

  • choice

  • Different enabling roles

  • Creating the conditions for your vision

  • Partnership orientation

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