Volunteering Research Project

Following a period of research and development Worcestershire Voices was set up to support an independent and  influential voluntary and community sector. Over  the summer of 2012  the newly formed Worcestershire  Voices  Board identified  a  few  initiatives  to  start  on.  One  of  these  was volunteering;  following  the  Olympics  in  London  the  success  and  high  public  awareness  of  the Games Makers (volunteers) was a factor in that decision.

There  is no  reliable,  comprehensive and up-to-date  information on  the  sector  in Worcestershire. Therefore  it was  decided  to  commission  research  to  better  determine  the  current  capacity  and scope of volunteering throughout both the rural and urban areas of the County. With  the active support of Worcestershire County Council and also Wychavon and Malvern Hills District Councils, the Voices Board prepared the attached research brief which has been agreed by all the partners.

The brief  is now being sent to organisations whose experience  is understood  to have a degree of affinity  with  the  objectives  outlined  in  the  document  and  an  appreciation  of  the  nature  of  the voluntary and community (or third) sector.

If, having read the brief and given the approach proposed and the timescales outlined, you wish to submit a proposal to undertake this research project, an early indication of your intention would be appreciated by close of play on 28th January.  Please note that the closing date for submissions is noon  on Monday  11th February  and  short-listed  applicants  will  be  interviewed  on Monday  25th February.

To  confirm  you  interest  in  tendering  for  this work  or  to  submit  specific  questions  or queries  in relation to the brief please email Sally Macintyre at Community First at sallym@comfirst.org.uk by close of play on the 28th January.

Completed proposals should also be emailed  to Sally Macintyre at sallym@comfirst.org.uk by  the closing date of noon on the 11th February. A signed hard copy of the submission should follow by post.  All submissions will be acknowledged by email.

Michael Hunter
Worcestershire Voices

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