The last 18 months has seen the world dramatically shift in response to the pandemic. So much has changed. As we all sought to address the immediate challenges of the pandemic, many organisations found ways to continue supporting their local communities and the most vulnerable people within them. Many cultural organisations found their existing community engagement work enhanced in response to need and demand. And as we all sought to adjust, a spotlight shone on the millions of volunteers that play a vital role across our communities and the whole country every year.
Volunteers can provide a warm welcome, skills, different perspectives and a greater connection to our locality. In return ensuring volunteers are appreciated and valued can be mutually beneficial and impactful.
Arts Council England has launched Volunteering Futures, funded by DCMS – a ring-fenced, time-limited fund, making £4.7 million available through National Lottery Project Grants. Organisations will be able to apply for over £100,000 to support high quality volunteering opportunities for young people and those that experience barriers to getting involved in volunteering across arts, heritage, museums, libraries, sport and other community settings.