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Title: East Midlands Regional Volunteering Conference 9th September 2009 Sarah Benioff, Deputy Director, Office of the Third Sector, Cabinet Office


1
East Midlands Regional Volunteering
Conference9th September 2009Sarah Benioff,
Deputy Director, Office of the Third Sector,
Cabinet Office
2
Contents
  • About OTS
  • Our Work in East Midlands
  • Government and Volunteering
  • Where next for volunteering?
  • Where next for OTS?

3
What is the Office of the Third Sector?
  • Set up in May 2006, based in the Cabinet Office.
  • Vision - A thriving third sector, enabling people
    to change society.
  • Aims
  • Enable campaigning and empowerment, particularly
    for those at risk of social exclusion.
  • Strengthen communities, drawing together people
    from different sections of society through
    community participation.
  • Transform public services, through delivery,
    design, innovation and campaigning.
  • Enable social enterprise growth and development,
    combining business and social goals.

4
Our work in the East Midlands
  • v has put 7.3million into the region. For
    example the Artemis project develops volunteering
    opportunities in Mansfield for young offenders
    and ex-offenders.  The project develops
    opportunities that tap into young people's
    passions and interests, and help re-vitalise
    areas of the local community affected by
    vandalism or neglect. 
  • Grassroots Grants In the East Midlands small
    grants distributed totalled 1,8m in 08-09 and
    endowment donations raised reached almost 400K.
    In 09-10 a further 1.9m is available to be
    distributed in small grants and up to 1.7m to
    match fund local donations.
  • Futurebuilders has offered over 3 million to
    22 third sector organisations in the East
    Midlands to help them build their capacity to win
    public services contracts.

5
Our Work in the East Midlands - Continued
  • Community Assets Programme This programme has
    funded the renovation and refurbishment of two
    run-down community centres in the East Midlands,
    which will be transferred from local authority to
    third sector ownership. Grants awarded are for
    1.27 million.
  • Targeted Support Fund In the East Midlands, a
    total of 32 organisations have been awarded
    grants of between 10,000 to 40,000, enabling
    them to provide recession-focused support to
    their communities this year. The grants are
    worth 778,883 in total.
  • CapacityBuilders Modernisation Fund 81
    bursaries worth 1k have been offered to
    organisations in the East Midlands. The
    bursaries buy advice on collaboration or merger.
    The second phase of funding will be opening
    shortly.

6
Why does the Government support volunteering?
  • Community benefits.
  • Cohesion- bringing people together
  • Reducing isolation
  • Individual benefits.
  • Increased self confidence
  • Improving skills
  • Route into training or employment
  • Benefits to public services.
  • Helping services relate to service users needs
  • Reaching those that can be hard to reach

7
OTS aims for volunteering
  • To improve the experience of volunteers.
  • To reward and recognise volunteers.
  • To create new opportunities for people to
    volunteer.
  • To increase the number of volunteers.
  • To reduce the institutional/ policy barriers to
    volunteer involvement.


8
Volunteering is important across Government
  • Department for Work and Pensions - volunteer
    brokerage programme.
  • Department for Health - consultation on
    volunteering strategy.
  • Department for International Development
    platform2 for overseas volunteering.
  • Department for Children, Schools and Families -
    peer mentoring.
  • Home Office review of volunteering in the
    Criminal Justice System by Baroness Neuberger.
  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport- the 2012
    Games.


9
Gaps to address
  • Still a significant gap in participation levels,
    particularly amongst disabled people and people
    without formal qualifications.
  • Need for robust evidence of the impact of
    volunteering on communities and individuals.
  • Not having the time is still the major barrier
    to volunteering. How do we address this?
  • Getting the balance between the supply of
    volunteers and the demand for volunteering
    opportunities right.



10
Future focus of OTS Volunteering Policy
  • Evidence of the impact of volunteering.
  • The role of volunteering at a time of tight
    public spending.
  • Youth volunteering.
  • The 2012 Games legacy.
  • The European Year of Volunteering.


11
New Volunteering Programmes
  • Access to Volunteering, focusing on removing
    barriers to disabled people volunteering.
  • Intergenerational Volunteering Generations
    Together
  • Volunteer Managers programme, continuing the
    focus on best practice.
  • DWP programme volunteering brokerage for
    unemployed
  • Continuing to tackle barriers and confusion with
    guidance on the new Vetting and Barring Scheme

12
What happens next in OTS?
  • Challenges
  • The economic downturn
  • Improving the evidence base to prove the value of
    the Third Sector.
  • Challenges of contracting culture, particularly
    for smaller organisations.
  • What are we doing to support you?
  • Economic Downturn Action Plan Real Help for
    Communities
  • National Indicators on Third Sector involvement
  • Research Centre to build the evidence base

13
For more information
  • www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/thirdsector
  • Sarah Benioff, Deputy Director, Office of the
    Third Sector
  • Sarah.Benioff_at_cabinet-office.x.gsi.gov.uk
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