Filed under: meetings | Tags: arts, olympics, OTS, UK, vcs, volarts, volunteering
On Monday I spoke at the Greater London Volunteering ‘get set, go!’ event at City Hall in London. Celebrating the achievements of GLV’s ‘2012 Volunteering Legacy’ project, the event focussed on how the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games can be used to develop a legacy of increased volunteering after 2012. Sophie Chapman from the Office of the Third Sector spoke about the planned online participation portal which will channel people inspired by the Games into opportunities to participate in communities across the country. Along with speakers from the sports and environment sectors, I looked at how the catalyst of the Games might enable us to develop better connections between local community groups and the volunteering infrastructure. One of the key messages that emerged from the day was that there is no shortage of people wanting to volunteer. Volunteer centres from across London told us that the problem was not having enough volunteering opportunities in the arts, culture, heritage, sports and environment to meet the demand from potential volunteers. Yet we know that most local groups need more volunteers so it seems that there is a key need to help small, community organisations to develop properly defined volunteer roles in order to take advantage of the support available from the volunteering infrastructure.
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