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Volunteering England launches volunteer management campaign
Volunteering England has launched a Value Volunteer Management campaign that aims to increase awareness of the value and importance of investing in volunteer management.
The volunteer development charity has also launched a Volunteer Management Portal (www.volunteering.org.uk/vmportal) to provide information on support and training and development opportunities for people managing volunteers.
Both initiatives were funded through Capacitybuilders' Volunteer Management Programme.
Organisations are being asked to sign up and endorse the Value Volunteer Management Campaign via the website. A number of organisations, including the BBC, Microsoft, Barnardo's, RSPB, National Trust and PDSA, have already shown their support by signing up and contributing online videos, case stories, and interviews about their experiences with Volunteer Management. These can be found at www.volunteering.org.uk/valuevolunteermanagement.
Justin Davis Smith, chief executive of Volunteering England, said: "Motivating, supporting and empowering people who are giving up their time freely is a hugely skilful task, yet as a profession, volunteer managers remain scandalously under-recognised and under-resourced.
"We are calling specifically on Chief Executives, Director Generals, Vice Chancellors and other key decision-makers in volunteer-involving organisations from all three sectors to recognise that it is in their interest to invest in volunteering if they are to unleash the contribution that volunteers bring.
"We know that money is going to be in short supply over the next few years. But we also know that without proper investment in volunteering and leadership from the top, organisations will struggle to deliver and society will be much the poorer."
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