Volunteering and Active Citizenship

One positive side-effect of  the recession is that there has been a big increase in the number of people coming forward to volunteer their time and expertise to charities, people looking to get involved in their local communities.  The Wheel belives that we must support community groups and charities to involve people who seek to help.

 We need to focus now on supporting charities and community groups to develop the capacity to involve people who want to help. 

There is a problem though - managing volunteers, and providing them with a safe, structured and rewarding volunteering experience requires more or less the same management demand as managing regular human resources - and there is simply not the capacity in many community groups to involve everyone who volunteers . 

We need to focus now on supporting charities and community groups to develop the capacity to involve people who want to help. 

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