Workshops aim to boost volunteering in Swindon and Wiltshire

By Barrie Hudson - 8 June 2021


Three workshops intended to increase volunteering are being run this month by Wessex Community Action.

The charity, which supports the voluntary sector all over Wiltshire with workshops and training, wants to help groups capitalise on the new enthusiasm for volunteering generated by the pandemic, which saw hundreds of people in Swindon and Wiltshire step forward to help their communities by collecting prescriptions, delivering shopping and making befriending calls.

On June 17 an online workshop for volunteer managers and volunteers will discuss how volunteer passports could be organised, how they could make it easier to connect organisations with people willing to give up their time to help and record achievements and recognise contribution made.

On June 23 people interested in supporting their communities are invited to an online workshop which will discuss whether there is a need to set up a volunteer centre in Wiltshire.

The centre would help groups recruit volunteers and match willing candidates with the right organisations, as well as promote best practice.

On June 30 an online workshop will look at employer-led volunteering, where businesses support their staff to take part in volunteering activities which are of mutual benefit to both businesses and voluntary organisations.

Wessex Community Action chief executive Amber Skyring said: “Volunteers and volunteer managers are invited to this workshop to discuss what is needed and how employer led volunteering may work for your organisation to shape and influence the future of volunteering in Wiltshire.”

For details of the free workshops, which all run for 90 minutes from 2pm, visit or the community platform Wiltshire Together at

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