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Agenda Item No. 10

Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Voluntary Sector Joint Liaison Committee: 10 July 2013

 

Report of the Managing Director

 

Implementation of the recommendations of the Vale Viewpoint Report

 

Purpose of the Report

1.             To consider proposed actions arising from the recent Vale Viewpoint report.

Recommendation

1.             That VSJLC considers and endorses the actions proposed.

Reason for the Recommendation

1.             To increase volunteering in the Vale.

Background

2.             The Committee received a report summarising the results of the Vale Viewpoint survey at its meeting on 27 February 2013. The overwhelming view of respondents was that volunteering made a positive contribution to the quality of life locally and that they would be encouraged to volunteer if they were aware of the opportunities available to them to do so. The ability to gain qualifications through volunteering would also encourage them to volunteer. Only 1 in 3 respondents had heard of the VVB, which suggested that more could be done to raise its profile.

3.             As a result of the survey, officers from the Vale Volunteer Bureau and the council agreed to discuss the survey further, with a view to providing proposals to increase volunteering and raise the profile of the VVB.

Relevant Issues and Options

4.             It was agreed that the following actions would be taken:

·               The Corporate Consultation Officer would be asked to break down the results of the survey for further analysis, into age, gender and geographical area.

·               The VVB website would be altered to highlight the top ten volunteering opportunities of the week, to cover a range of areas and interests.

·               The top ten opportunities would be highlighted on the Vale of Glamorgan Council's website front page.

·               The VVB website would be altered to make more of an impact of the opportunities available to achieve qualifications as a result of volunteering. This opportunity would be highlighted on the Council's website and Staffnet from time to time.

·               The availability of a pre-retirement course for retiring Council staff would be investigated, with a view to promoting volunteering (the UHB currently provide a successful course, and they might be prepared to share the programme).

·               VVB would produce a generic advert about its services, and the Council would use this in any appropriate literature being produced.

·               Volunteering in the Council should be promoted through the VVB, thus increasing working links and promoting the VVB locally:

·               VVB to be invited to provide a stand in any event being organised;

·               Volunteering opportunities to be promoted via the Staffnet;

·               Promotion of volunteering week to Council staff (1-7 June);

·               Volunteering opportunities within Council departments to be promoted using the VVB.

·               VVB to provide an outreach service for the western Vale as a pilot for a three month period.

·               VVB and the Council to produce pop-up stands and leaflets to travel throughout the Vale at all available outlets (libraries, community centres, arts venues, etc.).

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

5.              Resources will be required to promote VVB and to provide outreach services, which will be achieved through existing resources. The overall purpose of the proposals is to work more closely together to utilise all available resources more efficiently to increase volunteering and community action.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

6.              None as a direct result of this report.

Crime and Disorder Implications

7.             Increased volunteering leads to greater social inclusion; several volunteering opportunities assist in the promotion of community safety, diversionary activities for young people and crime reduction.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

8.             Volunteering opportunities exist to work with all sections of the community and bilingually.

Corporate/Service Objectives

9.             Community leadership.

Policy Framework and Budget

10.        This is a matter for Executive decision.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

11.        This report is a direct result of the Vale Viewpoint survey undertaken in September 2012.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

12.        Corporate Resources

Background Papers

Vale Viewpoint Survey report

Contact Officers

Beverly Noon 01446 709746

Alison Steere 01446 421782

Officers Consulted

Corporate Consultation Officer

Responsible Officer:

Sian Davies, Managing Director