Supporting the Voluntary and Community Sector
North Norfolk District Council’s Corporate Plan 2012 – 2015, small government, big society states that we will aim to:
- Create opportunities for parish and town councils and other voluntary groups and organisations to come forward with their own ideas and plans for their communities, and then help those communities to realise their ambitions through local initiative and leadership.
- Empower people and communities to make their own decisions.
- Empower individuals and local communities to have a greater say in their own futures.
A strong, flourishing and sustainable voluntary and community sector is essential to achieving this.
To enable us to achieve our goals North Norfolk District Council is working closely with Voluntary Norfolk to provide advice, training and other practical support to voluntary organisations within North Norfolk. Support will also be available for projects hoping to bid for funding from the Council's own Big Society Fund and other external funding schemes.
Voluntary Norfolk also provide the following services to voluntary organisations within North Norfolk:
Charity BackRoom provides organisations with a suite of back-of-office services that are specifically designed to integrate with the client’s resources, thus allowing them to do more with less. They can offer insurance, CRB checks, Identity badges, accountancy, payroll, job advertising, and more.
For a discussion on how your organisation can save time, effort and money, or help redistribute your expenditure towards frontline activities, contact a member of the Charity BackRoom team on 01603 756726.
The Volunteer Centre
Since opening in July 2011, the Centre has assisted hundreds of people in considering their volunteering options and many are now actively engaged in the work of voluntary and community organisations across the district. Voluntary Norfolk can help organisations by promoting their volunteering opportunities (free to Voluntary Norfolk member organisations; a small charge to non-members) through databases, websites, social media and a monthly newsletter as well as offering advice and support in recruiting and managing volunteers. In addition, they regularly organise volunteering promotional events that bring organisations and individuals together, enabling each to find out more about the other – a recent such event in Fakenham attracted 120 potential volunteers.
To find out more about how the North Norfolk Volunteer Centre can help your group or organisation contact Jonny Wood at email@example.com or on 01263 510701.
The Helpdesk is open on Tuesdays from 9.30 to 1.00 and on Thursdays from 2.00 to 4.30. Just give them a call on 0844 3 247 222 during those opening hours and their expert team will be glad to help.
If you’re not able to ring at those times, you can email your question to them 24 hours a day on firstname.lastname@example.org and they will reply to your email during Helpdesk opening hours.
For more information or to book a place contact Neil Godfrey at email@example.com or on 01692 502466