Championing and Co-ordinating Volunteering across Greater Manchester

About the site

The Volunteering in Greater Manchester website is part of the legacy of the Volunteering Greater Manchester (VGM) project that ran from 2009 to 2013. VGM brought together volunteering development agencies from across Greater Manchester to develop joint practices and work collaboratively. The VGM project was hosted by Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisations (GMCVO).

The website is a resource for people and organisations that wish to learn more about volunteering. The site links to various resources, social media networks and other websites that contain useful information about volunteering in Greater Manchester or more generally about the development of volunteering.

The links and resources on the site are checked quarterly for accuracy but if you find a broken link or out-of-date resource please contact GMCVO.

The Volunteering Greater Manchester project

Volunteering Greater Manchester started in 2009 as an exciting project that aimed to bring about a radical change in the way people think about and support volunteering in Greater Manchester. The VGM project involved a partnership of volunteering service providers, including Volunteer Centres, local volunteering infrastructure organisations and local diversity organisations.

The project recently brought together a Greater Manchester Volunteering Strategy group with representatives from different sectors, e.g. sports, universities, culture, etc. This group has developed a vision for volunteering in Greater Manchester and will continue to use the Volunteering Greater Manchester name when the project itself comes to an end in October 2013.

Since 2009, the VGM project has been:
- Championing volunteering and volunteering infrastructure and raise its profile, leading to greater resourcing and sustainability;
- Providing strategic support for existing volunteering services and infrastructure;
- Creating better access routes into volunteering for residents of Greater Manchester;
- Supporting volunteering by non-traditional groups;
- Co-ordinating work across local authority boundaries and enable greater collaboration and partnership work;
- Disseminating best practice in working with volunteers through information, training, mentoring and a variety of events.

Funding for the project was been awarded by the Big Lottery BASIS 2 (Building and Sustaining Infrastructure Support) programme.

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