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Details of volunteering opportunities in Wiltshire are available though the Volunteer Centre Wiltshire. Information about volunteering with Wiltshire Council, for example with libraries, rights of way and the countryside team, are also available through the volunteer centre.

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.

What is volunteering?

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. However, one aspect that underpins all of the common definitions is that volunteering is an activity that is freely undertaken.

What activities do people get involved with?

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 - the list is endless!

Why volunteer?

People have different reasons for volunteering.

For some, it can help them find employment, or it may be a chance to develop new skills and experience which may lead to a career change.

For others, 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 or local facilities for example, or 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.

How can I find out more?

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

If you are interested in finding out more about the enormous range of inspiring volunteering activities going on in the county, or considering doing some voluntary work yourself, please look at the Volunteer Centre website

Wiltshire Time Credits

Wiltshire Time Credits is a partnership initiative between Wiltshire Council and Spice. Time credits recognise the time that individuals give to support the local community and aims to encourage more people to get involved and give their time.

What if my service, organisation or group needs a volunteer?

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

Wiltshire Council funds Volunteer Centre Wiltshire to support groups, organisations and services that involve volunteers in their work. For help and advice in recruitment, management and support of volunteers please contact the centre.

Tel: 0845 034 5250 Email: volunteer@developecs.org.uk

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Corporate Function and Procurement
Wiltshire Council
County Hall
Bythesea Road
Trowbridge,
Wiltshire
BA14 8JN

VCS@wiltshire.gov.uk

0300 456 0100

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Last updated: 25 June 2014

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