To ensure that volunteers and community activists are supported in their contribution to community life, and that their work is recognised.
To encourage more people to become involved in voluntary activity which is vital to active citizenship.
To set out an agenda to develop fundamental good practice for volunteering
All partners recognise the value of the work done by volunteers and that they give their time free
All partners understand that resources are needed to support the hidden costs of volunteer activity
All partners commit themselves to promoting a diverse volunteer base where people from different backgrounds and abilities can bring fresh ideas and skills into the local community
Develop, promote and celebrate volunteer and community activity
Recognise the importance of effective volunteer management
Produce and develop policies for involving volunteers
Ensure that volunteers are offered thanks and recognition, as well as fair treatment, training and support, according to the resources of the organisation
Ensure that organisations and groups are clear and consistent about the duties that volunteers undertake
Encourage and enable the accreditation of skills acquired through volunteering
Refer surplus volunteers to other organisations (with the help of infrastructure groups) in order to ensure that no volunteer potential is wasted
Promote the status and image of the voluntary and community sector and the role of volunteers within the community planning process
Recognise that volunteering infrastructure organisations should be independent, with voluntary, independent, management boards
Aim to adopt policies which ensures volunteering infrastructure organisations can rely upon sustainable long-term funding, which encourages a “high profile” and “shop-front” approach.
Work towards ensuring that volunteers involved in partnership working and community activity are supported and resourced.
Aim to increase staff awareness of volunteering and to support Employee Volunteering with realistic enabling mechanisms.
Recognise the role of volunteering in life-long learning
Recognise the role of volunteering in raising the quality of life for individual volunteers and for society
Encourage the development of volunteer representation, i.e. a named volunteer or volunteers, with input into the strategic and management committees that manage large partnership initiatives, which are resourced and underpinned by volunteers.