Who Are We?
The Volunteer Centre is a local volunteering development agency working independently to support organisations from the voluntary, community and public sectors.
In our core work we promote, support and develop volunteering and aim to make a positive impact on the quality of the volunteering experience for individual volunteers and the organisations that work with them.
What's The Plan?
Our vision is to design and develop a digital platform, accessible anywhere with an internet connection, and conceived to enhance the volunteering process for the three principal groups involved:
- Anyone seeking the ideal volunteering opportunity
- Any organisation seeking volunteers to further their activities
- Any volunteer centre ready to solve their complex needs with a simple but highly effective on-line system
Named VOLIFE, this hub will be so much more than the typical bulletin boards offered by more prosaic websites. Packed full of truly interactive tools and constantly updated information, it will be a genuine asset to those who use it, making the process of volunteering, recruiting volunteers or operating a volunteer centre, smoother, more efficient and completely intuitive. We are determined to introduce the latest technology to a fast-moving and very fluid sector, thereby removing the pain points and producing a far more efficient and pleasurable experience.
Who Are We Helping And How?
Each of the three target groups specified above will benefit enormously from VOLIFE. For seekers of rewarding and stimulating voluntary roles, there will be a comprehensive, extensive and fully searchable listing system, giving them a greatly increased possibility of finding the most suitable and desirable opportunity. On the other side of the volunteering relationship, charities and not-for-profit organisations will have free and full access to the listings, with the ability to check whether their registered details are correct. A quickly completed form has their vacancy with the volunteer centre in minutes. Once the details have been checked, the position appears on VOLIFE incredibly rapidly.
Meanwhile, the staff of the volunteer centre are permitted to use a portal (via a password) full of tools created to make their lives a whole lot easier. A directory of all the organisations registered with them will be available with a single click and completely searchable by initial letter, personal name or the group's title. But it doesn't end there. We plan to include a fully-functional, interactive office diary, visible to any registered member of staff, which will streamline the movements and availability of the whole team. Add to this control of the advertised vacancies and full tracking of advertisers, past and present, and you have a fully indispensable toolkit. In fact, it's pretty much a 'volunteer centre in your pocket' as the entire platform will operate perfectly on smartphone, PC or tablet.
Best of all, anyone adopting VOLIFE will have a bespoke version built for them, including the functionalities which will help them the most, and excluding any unneeded tools. All this will be provided via a monthly subscription, which we aim to make surprisingly affordable. Backed by full technical support, subscribers will be delighted to find no specialist knowledge is required to initiate and operate VOLIFE (we'll take care of all the technical bits!) and once the specifications are established, their own volunteering hub can be up and running very quickly.
Should we be fortunate enough to secure funding, we'll initially invest in the highest standard of web development to construct a working version of VOLIFE, then to stress-test it with a few chosen local organisations. Following this stage, we will plan and execute an affordable but high-impact marketing campaign to promote and introduce VOLIFE to the wider voluntary sector across the country.
This is a mission to use internet technology to transform the volunteering journey for all involved, wherever they are in the UK; while making VOLIFE the standard hub for the entire sector and a watchword for convenience, knowledge and success.