First 24 projects to benefit from Volunteer Management programme announced

Capacitybuilders will share grant funding among them

Capacitybuilders has announced the 24 projects that will share £1.45m of grant funding under the first stage of its Volunteer Management programme.

The programme, which was launched in June, is designed to provide support for people who manage volunteers and was set up in response to recommendations made by the Commission on the Future of Volunteering in 2008.

Most of the successful bidders in the first phase, being called Strand A, are councils for voluntary service or volunteer centres and will receive about £60,000 over two years.

Dave Conroy, national programme manager at Capacitybuilders, said: "We know that there are many people who support volunteers who are themselves volunteers, or they undertake the function as just one part of a wider role.

"Through Strand A, we're supporting local projects to reach out and provide direct support to people who might otherwise fall through the gaps or find accessing existing services difficult."

Strand B of the programme, which kicks off this month, will draw together best practice from Strand A and other projects. It is being delivered by Volunteering England and will cost £200,000.

Strand C, which will begin in spring, will be a £1m bursary fund aimed at supporting the development needs of those who manage volunteers.

A list of the successful bidders can be found here.

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