United front on volunteering

Groups will work together on lobbying and campaigns

A number of voluntary sector organisations have agreed to work together when speaking out on volunteering issues.

At a summit meeting this week to discuss the future of volunteering, 16 representatives from across the sector, including umbrella bodies the NCVO, Navca and Acevo, said they would work to provide a coordinated public response on volunteering policy issues.

They also agreed to lobby government collectively to secure more funding for projects and resources, where appropriate.

A spokeswoman for Volunteering England, which organised the meeting, said the new approach would involve voluntary sector bodies consulting each other before meeting policymakers, and developing coordinated responses to the publication of any new research or action plans relating to volunteering.

"The concept of a coordinated sector voice will also add weight to any lobbying work that might take place," she said.

Those who attended confirmed they would also keep their own staff updated on the latest volunteering issues.

Justin Davis Smith, chief executive of Volunteering England, said: "The broad range of voluntary sector bodies represented at this week's voluntary sector summit shared our enthusiasm to increase links between organisations.

"By creating a united front, we hope to make a stronger voice for volunteering, with our ultimate goal being to embed volunteering and mutuality in the DNA of our society."

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