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Fund to Promote Public Sector Volunteering (£50,000)

Future Funds

Portfolio: Health and Partnerships Portfolio

One off investment

To work with the Voluntary Sector to increase volunteering.

[Reference: Cabinet papers, Item 6, paragraph 53(t)]

 


 

Keywords: voluntary sector VCS

Related FAQs

Have you had any more thoughts on the plans for the £50,000 for 'public sector volunteering'? 

Have you had any more thoughts on the plans for the £50,000 for 'public sector volunteering'? 

We are currently working on this with partners in the Darlington Partnership We are looking at the services that could be valuably augmented with more volunteers, but there is a wide range, from litter picking to early help for parents. We would expect to have some ideas to share with the sector 

What will be the impact on voluntary organisations such as Citizen’s Advice, Age UK, GADD? What happens if they close?

What will be the impact on voluntary organisations such as Citizen’s Advice, Age UK, GADD? What happens if they close?

We fully support the work of our voluntary sector partners and hope to continue to work with them in the future. However, the financial situation is such that the Council is not able to continue funding these organisations at current levels. The likely impact of the budget proposals on these organisations is currently being identified, following discussions with the organisations most affected. We hope that they are able to continue their work by looking at where they can make further cost and efficiency savings, but we appreciate that in some cases this may not be possible and it will therefore mean a reduction in the support they can offer to the residents of Darlington.  It could lead to the closure of organisations if they are unable to make the necessary changes for them to be sustainable, which will be very regrettable. We want to avoid this happening and we will support organisations making grant applications where we can. We will also be undertaking work to understand the impact of any reductions in service on individuals accessing them. 

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FF 53t (Fund to Promote Public Sector Volunteering)
Cut W14 (School Crossing Patrols)

This is a transcription of a comment made during the public meetings held during the budget consultation:

Q: Why don’t we put a levy on schools to pay for their own school crossing patrols? It is part of their remit to ensure the safety of their pupils. Why doesn’t the Council have more partnerships with EE and Cummins so they do something tangible for the community?

A: We have strong partnerships with our schools but we can look to see if we can do more. We have partnerships with EE, Cummins and other big employers. Their staff give time volunteering and that time is invaluable. I expect that people don’t know how much volunteering goes on in this town. It is twice the national average. People in Darlington are very good at volunteering.