Sunday Assembly is a secular community which strives to help people 'Live Better, Help Often, and Wonder More.' Connection and community are at the heart of everything we do. Now more than ever, our purpose is vital to alleviate isolation and bring people together. We have now transitioned to doing this virtually and have had great success.
We have teams of dedicated volunteers who work in different capacities to facilitate Sunday Assembly's events every first and third Sunday of the month as well as community activities throughout the year. However, the pressures of the pandemic has demonstrated a fundamental need for the charity.
We hope that you will see value in supporting us to strengthen our governance and policy work while also engaging with our community and volunteers to establish more useful tools that will support them in their roles.
We also want to optimise the outputs from this project to provide opportunities to our wider community and attract more volunteers.
What the project entails:
- Bring the organisation's strategy to life by developing a central network of documents and protocols that will provide volunteers with key tools to fulfill their roles.
- Appoint for a short-term role to deliver key infrastructure in the volunteering model and establish a working practice that is underpinned with the policies and protocols necessary to support our volunteers.
- Engaging and involving all people by developing more robust strategies which achieve high standards of accessibility, diversity and inclusion.
How we will use the money:
- A short-term consultative role to establish a volunteering infrastructure to support best practice while also focusing on the well-being of our volunteers.
- A short-term consultative role with expertise and lived experience to assess accessibility to Sunday Assembly website, events and activities. Additional recommendations to improve our approach to achieving being diverse and inclusive.
Our ultimate vision:
Ultimately, we would like our volunteers to be happy, enjoy their experience and feel valued for their contribution. We would like them to receive the training and resources needed to make their contribution mutually beneficial and a role that they feel proud to put on their CV.
We would also like their experience with us to be desirable for others too. For everyone to see the value of our volunteers and the efforts put into our events and community activities - which are all hosted as part of Sunday Assembly and have remained free since inception (2013) - and be compelled to support us through a regular giving programme.
By having the infrastructure in place to support the growth and development of the community and volunteers, we would have established a robust way of operating that provides the resources and support for the volunteer-led community to achieve sustainability beyond Covid-19.