Welcome to the Volunteer Centre Dundee web site, part of the Volunteer Centre Network that's trying hard to create a Scotland where everyone who wants to volunteer can do so. Originally established in 1997 as "The Volunteer Information Point", Volunteer Centre Dundee is an independent voluntary organisation that provides a 'Volunteer Centre' service in Dundee by:
- Gathering up to date information about local volunteer opportunities
- Putting people in touch with organisations where they can volunteer
- Providing information and advice to those who work with volunteers
- Promoting and publicising the values of volunteering
Currently operating from our base at Number Ten, Constitution Road, with a team of 9 we operate an appointment or drop-in system for people to find out about volunteering. We also support organisations who involve volunteers and faciltate training and a Managers Forum.
Here's a bit about how we started and other projects that we have been involved in over the past few years:
Community Volunteer Initiative - 1998
In 1998, with regeneration funding, we set up a local volunteer centre in Midcraigie and Linlathen area after a successful pilot project; The Community Volunteer Initiative (CVI) was formed. Originally based in The Hub, CVI moved in 2004 to share premises with our Lend-a-Hand project. CVI has focused on raising awareness and developing community volunteering. They worked with many local groups to help them to increase their capacity to recruit, support and retain volunteers. The project ended in 2008.
Lend-a-Hand - 2003
In 2003, CVI undertook research into local volunteering needs in the Mid Craigie and Linlathen areas and was the basis for a successful application for funding from the Unemployed Voluntary Action Fund (UVAF). In 2004 we set up our Lend-a-Hand project; a good neighbour scheme that helps people do things that they can’t manage themselves with help from local volunteers. The VAF funding ended in 2007 however Lend-a -Hand continued with a team of dedicated volunteers and a support worker. The project ended in 2009.
Strategic growth - 2005
2005 saw an increase in the staffing at Volunteer Centre Dundee. As well as our existing funding from the Scottish Executive we’ve accessed funding from Millennium Volunteers, Sportscotland, Working for Families, Regeneration & the Voluntary Action Fund. This growth has been in response to the Scottish Executive’s Volunteering Strategy for which we are a key partner in delivering. The strategy focuses on four strands;
- Involving more Young people in volunteering;
- dismantling the barriers to volunteering and closing the opportunity gap
- Improving the volunteering experience;
- Monitoring, evaluation and ongoing policy development.
The new roles created were for a Training and Development Worker, Youth Development Worker, Family Support Worker, Regional Development Office for Sports Volunteering and an Information Worker.
Charleston Better Connections Project - 2006
2006 has seen a successful bid for funding from the National Lottery’s Fairshare money. This project, based in Charleston , is a befriending project focusing on bringing together young and old to reduce isolation and increase access to services. The project ended June 2009.
10th Anniversary Year: 2009
We celebrated our 10 years of being an independent organisation during 2009. We had a year of celebrations including a Civic Reception and a volunteering conference "Volunteering Matters: Time to make a Difference" held at West Park Centre where Dundee Partnership launched their Volunteering Strategy.
Scottish Charity Number: SCO 27529 Company Number: SC257436
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