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Glasgow’s Volunteering Charter

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Glasgow faces a range of challenges, but we’ve shown that the city can take advantage of opportunities and achieve outstanding success, often developing innovative ways to do so.

We’ve been very successful at increasing people’s interest in volunteering but we need more quality, accessible opportunities for more people to donate their time, energy and skills to not-for-profit organisations like your’s.

We have some fantastic examples of inclusive volunteering opportunities developed by organisations in both the third and public sectors, but the available data also shows that people in Glasgow seem to volunteer less than the rest of Scotland.

Glasgow’s Volunteering Charter offers a new, strategic programme which will enable more organisations to involve more people.

Can your own organisation register for the Charter, use the available support services and work towards one or more of the Charter pledges?

The Pledges

As a Charter signatory, you will commit your organisation to…

  • Create and expand appropriate opportunities for volunteering within your organisation,
    and/or:
  • Ensure your opportunities are accessible to all sections of the community, and that your volunteering workforce reflects the demographics of the city, and/or:
  • Facilitate and enable your staff, members and/or service users to undertake volunteering activity which improves their wellbeing and benefits Glasgow.

Register for the Charter

We need to know a little bit about you and your organisation. Click here to register for the Charter.

Latest Charter news and resources

  • Saltire Awards for Covid-19 youth volunteering 💖 🙌 Great news!  We want to ensure that we recognise and support the great efforts of young people helping in their communities, many of whom won’t have volunteered before, and as such Saltire Awards have relaxed the rules on informal volunteering during the Covid-19 crisis.  Young people (aged 12-25) can claim awards up to 100 hours’ Saltire ...
  • Yorkshire Building Society Staff Branch Out! Staff at YBS are keen to get out of the branch and into your organisations to lend a hand right through 2020. Previously staff have helped out at local foodbanks, tidied up school gardens, decorated trees and wrapped selection boxes at Marie Curie Hospice Christmas Fayre as well as stuffing envelopes with leaflets at Strathcarron Hospice ...
  • Volunteering Charter evaluation report published Glasgow Centre for Population Health (GCPH) has conducted a process evaluation of the Charter (phase 1) and has recommended that we roll out the Charter with some minor changes on the basis of Partners’ feedback. A big thank you to everyone that helped with the evaluation. Read the full report…
  • Charter Mark awarded to GCHSCP The Health & Social Care Partnership has been awarded the city’s Volunteering Charter Mark having successfully submitted its baseline census information and publishing a clear action plan for achieving its pledges. Fiona Moss (the HSCP’s Head of Health Improvement and Equalities) received the Charter Mark certificate from Bernadette Monaghan, Volunteer Glasgow’s Chief Executive.
  • 2017 Impact Report A huge thank you to everyone that worked with us to achieve so much!
  • National recognition for adults volunteering? Is there a need for a national scheme to better recognise everyone over the age of 25 that volunteers to support public and third sector organisations making Scotland fairer, healthier, and smarter? And, if so, what should it look like? Read our short, interim report on what people have told us and what we’re proposing to do ...
  • 100,000 Saltire Awards for Scotland’s Young People …a Legacy 2014 success story
  • Glasgow 2014: has there been a Legacy? Recent report and associated headlines suggest we’ve failed collectively to capitalise on the success of volunteering at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games: this is what we think…
  • Ideas to help you achieve Volunteering Charter pledges Be inspired by a number of examples of proven ways of creating and expanding volunteering in other organisations and of making opportunities more inclusive. Examples from CHAS, the NHS InS:PIRE programme, Glasgow Homelessness Network, Glasgow Life, Hidden Gardens and the Food Train include family volunteering, young people under 16, peer support/advocacy, equalities processes, achieving ...
  • New DWP guidance on volunteering… …for welfare benefits claimants published today! Brilliant news. This is a massive step forward, making it easier for people to volunteer, knowing where they stand.
  • First organisations receive Volunteering Charter Mark Can your organisation also do more for your beneficiaries/community by involving more volunteers? More people are offering donations of time, skills, energy and expertise: you can harness their support!
  • Gathering Equality Data The basics, best practice and useful ideas …
  • First organisations listed as Charter Signatories and their pledges are very interesting…
  • Funding for more volunteering How to get the money you may need for increasing opportunities and supporting increased diversity.
  • Charter Launch – videos and slides View and share the films, speeches and presentations at the launch of Glasgow’s Volunteering Charter – held in Glasgow City Chambers during Volunteers’ Week.

For more information

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