A Volunteering policy for Wales

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Paul Dear of Welsh Government at the Wales Volunteering Conference 2014.

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A Volunteering policy for Wales

  1. 1. Wales Volunteering Conference Cardiff City Stadium 1st July 2014 A VOLUNTEERING POLICY FOR WALES Paul Dear – Welsh Government Head of Third Sector & Community Policy
  2. 2. Background and Recent Developments • A bit of history • Continuity & Change – 2013 consultation • Third Sector Scheme 2014 • The Third Sector Partnership Council • Role of the TSPC Working Group • Progress and Plans
  3. 3. Definition and Scope Volunteering: is undertaken freely, by choice is undertaken to be of public/ community benefit is not undertaken for financial gain …. but this leaves plenty to discuss.
  4. 4. What could a new Volunteering Policy achieve? • Supporting volunteering in Wales • Improving access to volunteering for people from all sectors of society • Ensuring unnecessary barriers do not deter people from volunteering • Making it easier for people to participate in volunteering • Encouraging more effective involvement of volunteers • Raising the status and improving the image of volunteering
  5. 5. What are we aiming for? • A concise, accessible document • To reaffirm a shared commitment to supporting and encouraging volunteering • To set out the roles of the main groups of stakeholders including: – Welsh Government and the wider public sector; – Volunteer involving organisations – Third Sector Infrastructure, especially Volunteer Centres.
  6. 6. Some Hot Topics • What should the definition include? • Mandatory ‘Volunteering’? • Co-production • Impact of the Recession on volunteering • Future support for volunteering
  7. 7. Thank You Paul Dear Head of Third Sector and Community Policy Communities Division Welsh Government Merthyr Tydfil CF48 1UZ paul.dear@wales.gsi.gov.uk 0300 062 8269

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