The organisations, which operate Lincolnshire’s seven accredited Volunteer Centres, secured funding for a new Lincolnshire Volunteering website from Lincolnshire County Council and the Transform Foundation; a charity consortium aiming to improve the digital presence of charities across the UK.
The new website, lincolnshirevolunteering.org.uk , offers self help tools for community groups, advice and support for volunteers and importantly, contact information for the real people who deliver services in our local communities.
Visitors to the site will also be able to find training sessions and local events, read the latest news from the Voluntary Sector and promote third sector job vacancies, for a small fee. Alongside the range of existing services, the partnership has secured access to a number of free online training courses, relevant to the community and voluntary sector which are now available to access.
Chief Executive at Voluntary Centre Services Ben Barley said: “Our organisations are really excited to be working collaboratively on this project and we hope it will help to relieve the financial burden on some of the smallest charities in the area to meet some of their training and support needs.”
Heather Arnatt, Area Coordinator for Voluntary Centre Services West Lindsey, said: “This exciting project has been developing over the last six months and we’re pleased to be able to significantly increase the range of training courses through our new online channel.
“Over the next eighteen months we will continue to develop and strengthen our face-to-face training offer to offer the most relevant programmes to our Lincolnshire communities.”
The site, which is now live, also provides information about micro-volunteering – a new approach to volunteering which allows volunteers to offer just 20 seconds of their time to make a difference to the local community. A live volunteering search function is currently in development for launch in early 2018.
Visit the new site www.lincolnshirevolunteering.org.uk to find out more.