Welsh volunteering needs new funding stream, says report

A new dedicated funding stream for volunteer bureaux is among the recommendations of a report into the relationship between the voluntary sector in Wales and the National Assembly.

Volunteering bodies should be given long-term core funding, said a commission set up by Minister for Social Justice Edwina Hart.

The commission examined the record of the "voluntary sector scheme", which is an agreement on how the Welsh Assembly government works with charities and community organisations.

The commission, chaired by Wales Cooperative Centre chief executive Simon Jones, also recommended that the Welsh Assembly Government should consider whether a Futurebuilders fund to encourage voluntary sector involvement in public services should be established in Wales.

But the commission says it is cautious about whether a full Futurebuilders programme is appropriate to Welsh charities.

Graham Benfield, chief executive of the Wales Council for Voluntary Action, said: "I welcome the commission's findings that the scheme is a groundbreaking innovation, which remains highly valued by the voluntary sector."

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