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Wiltshire Council's volunteers policy applies to staff who work with volunteers and to the volunteers who give their time to Wiltshire Council.

A simple guide for people who currently volunteer with the council, or who are considering doing so, is available on the volunteers policy page. This contains case studies and quotes from people who are already actively involved.

  • Any activity which involves spending time, unpaid, doing something which aims to benefit someone (individuals or groups) other than or in addition to close relatives, or to benefit the environment
  • There are a number of similar definitions of volunteering in common use, but there is no single agreed definition in the UK
  • One aspect that underpins all of the common definitions is that volunteering is an activity that is freely undertaken.

The number and range of volunteering activities taking place in Wiltshire alone, is enormous.
It includes:

  • Coaching for small
  • Local sports clubs
  • Helping out at luncheon clubs for vulnerable adults
  • Running play sessions for toddlers
  • Mentoring young people
  • Canal clearing and other environmental projects
  • Fundraising for a local charity
  • Being a committee member and helping to manage an organisation
  • Counselling victims of domestic violence
  • Helping with admin tasks in an office
  • Improving Wiltshire's countryside sites or rights of way
  • Playing an active role in Wiltshire libraries

the list is endless!


People have different reasons for volunteering

  • It can help them find employment
  • It may be a chance to develop new skills and experience which may lead to a career change
  • Volunteering might appeal because of the social aspect, since it can be a way of getting to know new people and taking part in community activities

It’s also a great way to take an active role in local life

  • Improving the environment
  • Local facilities for example
  • Supporting a cause that is dear to your heart
  • It can also be a way to make a contribution that’s different from the day job

Volunteering is open to everyone, can be a regular activity, or only occasional and has been proven to be good for your sense of well-being.


To find out more about Wiltshire Council’s work to support volunteering, please contact the Corporate Function and Procurement Team.


If you work for a Wiltshire Council service, please familiarise yourself with the council’s policy and guidance for engagement and management of volunteers.

If you are not a Wiltshire Council service but wish make people aware of volunteering opportunities within your organisation, the following sites may be useful

  • Our Community Matters These are user led websites where, after registering, you can post community news, events, calls to action/volunteering opportunities. Select an area from the site links section and then you are able to create a login.
  • Events in Wiltshire If you are organising a public event in Wiltshire, please tell us about your event so that we can publish it in this listing. This could be used to publicise information days, talks, open days.

Voluntary and community sector funding

Wiltshire Council provides over £24 million worth of funding to voluntary and community sector organisations in Wiltshire. This is either in the form of grants or where the Council commissions a service.

A detailed breakdown of Wiltshire Council’s funding including how much we give to which organisation, please see the payments, salaries and expenses page.

There are a range of grants available from both Wiltshire Council and external local sources, details of which can be found in the documents below:

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Last updated: 25 January 2018 | Last reviewed: 25 January 2018