New approach to countywide voluntary sector support and development

01 July 2014

Voluntary Impact Northamptonshire (formerly Northampton Volunteering Centre) starts work on delivering the new contract for supporting voluntary and community sector services in the county today (Tuesday 1st July).

The three-year contract was formerly awarded by Northamptonshire County Council in April to support people and communities.

About the contract

As part of the new contract, Voluntary Impact Northamptonshire will work with communities and voluntary groups to become more robust, flexible and self-sustaining. Support is available for groups across the county and a central enquiry line for organisations to contact for information and guidance. Volunteer brokerage for the county will be managed centrally ensuring that individuals are matched with organisations that need their help with support from local partners in districts.

Voluntary Impact Northamptonshire will introduce a new and innovate way of using digital media to work with the voluntary sector. Providing the tools and knowledge to be able to become self-sustainable and grow as well as keeping them informed of relevant news and updates in a changing environment.

Jane Carr, chief executive, Voluntary Impact Northamptonshire said “We can’t wait to get started on this new contract for the county. We have some great partnerships with local VCS organisations who will be helping us to deliver the services needed. We are looking forward to visiting the districts throughout the next couple of months to launch our new offering and start working on developing the provision of support the sector needs across the county.”

County council cabinet member for public health and wellbeing Councillor Robin Brown said: “Voluntary and community sector organisations play a vital role in the county, delivering services and support to people and communities. The work that will be carried out by Voluntary Impact Northamptonshire will help ensure that these organisations can become more self-sufficient, and therefore continuing to deliver valuable support and services.”

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