Collaboration will be tough, says Volunteering England

Getting all sectors to work together will be the toughest challenge in carrying out the recommendations of the Commission on the Future of Volunteering, according to Volunteering England after its first meeting to discuss implementation plans.

Marg Mayne, director of public affairs at the commission, said the recommendations, which include developing a recognised accreditation scheme for volunteers, posed significant challenges to third sector organisations.

“Many organisations are already doing the things the commission has demanded, but these things cost money, and many of our members are already stretched to a level where it’s difficult to prioritise training of volunteers,” she said. “We welcome the funding the Government has offered, but it will never be enough.”

She added: “At least there has been a recognition of the need for proper resourcing. The report is a useful step forward, but we hope that the Government is able to respond in an appropriate manner.”

A spokesman for the Office of the Third Sector said its response to the report, which was originally expected in February, was still unavailable.

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