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Transforming Local Infrastructure Programme

The Volunteer Centre Brighton & Hove is one of six partners involved in the local Transforming Local Infrastructure Programme. For full details of this work please visit

Brighton & Hove Volunteering Strategy

To download a copy of the Strategy click the image above. To view the action plan, appendices and other useful information on this work please visit

Local partnership secures £300k to support community voluntary action in Brighton and Hove

A partnership of six Brighton and Hove based organisations has successfully secured £300,000 of funding from the Big Lottery. The money will be used to improve the support given to grassroots groups, charities and other not-for-profit organisations and to provide more co-ordinated support to volunteering in the city.

Libby Young, Acting Joint CEO, at the Community and Voluntary Sector Forum said: ‘It is excellent news for the city that we have successfully secured this funding. The hard work will now begin to make sure that support for voluntary and community action in the city is high quality and sustainable through these challenging times.’

A project will now take place over the next 18 months to explore the potential for merging a number of services which are currently provided by different organisations, into one main support organisation for community and voluntary action in the city.

The project will also build relationships with local businesses to enable their expertise and skills to support community and voluntary action. Giles Ings, ABIR Architects, Chair of Brighton and Hove Skills Exchange said: "It's great news that this bid has been successful and the business members of Skills Exchange are looking forward to exploring how our pro bono work can be part of providing the best possible support for local charities".

Community and grassroots groups have already been involved in identifying what help and support they would like and how they would like to receive it. However, the partnership will be speaking to more groups in the city to make sure they can get the support they need.   

Brighton and Hove City Council has also pledged its support to this project. David Murray, Strategic Director for Communities said: "On behalf of Brighton & Hove City Council, I am very pleased to support this project and its plans to improve support for our valuable local community and voluntary sector. This project should help to ensure a higher quality of support to the sector through the challenging years ahead, with the consequent benefits better services bring to our communities."

Volunteer Rights Inquiry publishes interim report

13th October, 2010

In November 2009 the Volunteer Rights Inquiry was established as a response to a number of high profile cases of volunteers being poorly treated by volunteer involving organisations.

The members of the Volunteer Rights Inquiry have now published their Interim report which can be viewed and downloaded from:

Democracy day

23rd September, 2010

Marie Aston, the Volunteer Centre's Strategic Developments Worker and Steve Lawless, Impetus CEO, ran a workshop on volunteering at Brighton and Hove City Council's Democracy Day.

Steve said "There was a lot of interest in the role of volunteering within the Big Society policy initiative. The City Volunteering Strategy does speak to many of the opportunities in the Big Society agenda so our work on this is very timely for the sector. I recommend reading the briefings that are produced by Urban Forum."

Marie added "It was a successful day with lots of interest in volunteering, how the VC and Impetus supports groups and volunteer coordinators. We didn’t have much of a discussion around volunteering and democracy, therefore the presentation for the session and a summary of the volunteering strategy can be downloaded below."

Volunteering Strategy Summary (PDF)

Democarcay Day Presentation (PDF)

VE launches Volunteer Rights Inquiry 

December 2009

The Volunteer Rights Inquiry is keen to hear from a wide range of people with thoughts on and in interest in the issues of volunteer rights and redress.  Whether you are a volunteer; a volunteer manager; a representative of a volunteer involving organisation; someone in the public, private or voluntary and community sector; someone with good or bad experiences to share; or simply someone with an opinion on the topic, the Volunteer Rights Inquiry wants to hear from you.

The Volunteer Rights Inquiry is especially keen to hear people's thoughts on how volunteer involving organisation can prevent problems by treating volunteers well and what mechanisms could be put in place to provide an independent means of redress when, unfortunately, things do go wrong.

Volunteering at the fringe  

29th September, 2009

Third Sector Minister Angela Smith speaks at the Labour Party Conference Fringe - we were there!

Youtuble video clip of Angela Smith MP speaking about volunteeringYou can watch a video clip of what Angela Smith MP had to say here .

Volunteer Centre on Radio Reverb

14th August, 2009

Hear our Volunteer Centre co-ordinator and one of our volunteers talking about volunteering in the city on Brighton community radio station Radio Reverb (the programme was broadcast on Thursday 13th August). Radio Reverb Interview

You can download an audio clip of the programme here .

Manifesto for Change 

 28th January 2008

Volunteering must be a part of society's DNA

Baroness Julia Neuberger, Chair of the Commission on the Future of Volunteering, is demanding a fundamental shake-up to make volunteering part of the DNA of our society and improve volunteering for millions of Britons over the next ten years…

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