Sport England has just published its new volunteering strategy, Volunteering in an Active Nation. The new volunteering strategy is focussed on 4 areas: Encouraging new volunteers (particularly people from underrepresented groups to make volunteering in sport and physical activity more diverse), new funding opportunities, supporting people who already volunteer and getting the message across.
There will be 2 funds linked to volunteering:
The Opportunity Fund – This will be a £3 million investment in 2017 in projects which focus on people facing disadvantage. The fund is looking for partners who are trusted by people in the communities they serve and know what will motivate them. The aim is for at least 50% of the projects this fund supports to be run by partners who are new to Sport England or even new to sport and physical activity.
The Potentials Fund – This fund will invest up to £3 million in projects which will benefit 10- to 20-year-olds and their communities, in support of the #iwill campaign. It’s also a long-term investment in those communities – according to the Youth Social Action Survey 2015, people who start volunteering when they’re young are more likely to continue in later life. Sport England be looking for projects which connect with the lives and aspirations of 10- to 20-year-olds. Sport and physical activity should be involved but it doesn’t have to be the sole focus.
Further details for both of these funds will be published in January with applications opening in February.