West Glamorgan Volunteering Support logo 2021On this International Volunteer Day 2023, we are pleased to announce the official launch of the West Glamorgan Regional Volunteering Strategy.

This comprehensive Strategy sets out the agreed principles our partners have committed to in order to improve volunteering throughout the region.  

Thank you to:

  • Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council
  • Neath Port Talbot Council for Voluntary Service
  • Swansea Bay University Health Board
  • Swansea Council
  • Swansea Council for Voluntary Service
  • West Glamorgan Regional Team

Over the past three years, significant progress has been made since the announcement by Jane Hutt (Deputy Minister and Chief Whip) of a new £4m grant fund for third sector organisations, working in partnership with the public sector.

The Welsh Government’s ‘Coronavirus Recovery Grant for Volunteering’ aimed to harness the volunteering enthusiasm that was apparent during Covid-19 and create sustainable long-term volunteering and community action. 

Partner organisations have diligently worked towards regional improvements, further enabling more people to access meaningful volunteering opportunities. 

The main driver for this piece of work remains a commitment to build a consistent approach around volunteering regionally. 

The Strategy’s launch is a significant milestone for our region and a recognition of the invaluable contributions made by volunteers. 
 
The West Glamorgan Volunteering Support’ project (WGVS) has played a pivotal role in equipping volunteers and volunteer-involving organisations across our region with the tools they need to build a strong foundation for volunteering. 

A wealth of resources has been produced including, information sheets and volunteer induction training modules that are adaptable to organisations own policies and procedures.

Please visit www.westglamorgan.org.uk/wgvs to access the WGVS library of useful resources   
 
You can also find our videos showcasing the stories of some of our region’s valued volunteers here: www.vimeo.com/westglamorgan   

As we now embark on a new and exciting phase, the full implementation of the new Regional Volunteer Strategy will drive forward further developments providing volunteers with the best support possible enabling them to make a greater impact on supporting people across the region. 

The Strategy recommends the establishment of Volunteer Voices and Volunteer Managers Networks to deepen our understanding of best practice and co-produce a further Volunteering Strategy and vision for the future.
 
This is a landmark strategy has sparked significant discussions in other Regional Partnerships across Wales, igniting interest in developing their own Volunteering Strategies that support best practice. 

We are proud to announce this innovative approach which invests in our volunteers helping us transform health and social care together. Thank you to everyone involved!