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Develop Volunteering Opportunities:

Every Volunteer Centre will ensure that its services are accessible, and that it communicates clearly to individuals, organisations and groups at all levels. Volunteer Centres work in close partnership with statutory, voluntary and private sector agencies as well as community groups and faith groups to develop local volunteering opportunities. Volunteer Centres understand the potential offered by the local communities and work with them to realise this potential. Volunteer Centres will target specific groups which face barriers to volunteering and will work creatively to develop imaginative, non-formal opportunities for potential volunteers.

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Brokerage:

Every Volunteer Centre will have a clear definition of genuine voluntary and community activity and will hold information on a comprehensive range of voluntary opportunities. A Volunteer Centre’s primary function is to match both individuals and groups interested in volunteering with appropriate opportunities in the local community.

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Marketing Volunteering:

Every Volunteer Centre will aim to stimulate local interest in voluntary and community activity, and to do this it will promote volunteering in a number of ways. This may include promoting and marketing volunteering through local, regional and national events and campaigns.

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Good Practice Development - Providing Information, Training and Research into Volunteering:

Volunteer Centres promote good practice in working with volunteers to all volunteer involving organisations. They aim to deliver training and accreditation for potential volunteers, volunteers, volunteer managers and the volunteering infrastructure. It will hold information about, e.g. the Data Protection Act, the Disability Discrimination Act and the Human Rights Act. It will have recent copies of relevant publications and journals.

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Commenting/Policy Response and Campaigning on Volunteering:

Volunteer Centres identify proposals or legislation that may impact on volunteering. It will lead and/or participate in campaigns on issues that affect volunteers or volunteering. Volunteer Centres campaign proactively for a more volunteer-literate and volunteer-friendly climate.

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Strategic Development of Volunteering:

Every Volunteer Centre will have a strategy for the development of volunteering in its area. As the local Experts on volunteering, Volunteer Centres inform strategic thinking and planning at a regional and national level.

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Surrey Voluntary Action Network    updated: 2nd February 2012