Valuing Your Volunteers

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A Toolkit for Volunteer Support and Development

Volunteering is a vital part of community development and volunteers are integral to how a community lives, breathes, and grows. With this in mind, the aim of this toolkit is to lay out a framework for volunteer development, that focuses on the main elements of volunteer management.

Choose from the topics below to find out how volunteers can help your organisation: 

Recruitment and Selection of Volunteers
Managing Volunteers
Volunteer Policies and Procedures

East Belfast Community Development Agency (EBCDA) exists to provide community groups with support, resources, and capacity building programmes, based on partnership, equal opportunities and sustainable outcomes.

EBCDA’s role is to add value to the activity undertaken by groups in local areas, by working with key organisations to ensure the continued development of a community sector that is recognised, valued and effective. We seek to support successful community development, encourage reflective practice and promote cooperation and locally based solutions. An important part of this work is to support community groups with their volunteer development.

‘Volunteering is the commitment of time and energy, for the benefit of society and the community, the environment, or individuals outside (or in addition to) one’s immediate family. It is unpaid and undertaken freely and by choice’. (Volunteering Strategy for Northern Ireland- Department for Social Development, 2012).

Appendix: Links to Helpful Documents

Belfast City Council

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