Our new strategy for volunteering, Volunteering in an Active Nation, sets out our plans to allow more people to engage in all types of volunteering through sport and physical activity.
Our aim is to enable people from all walks of life to enjoy the benefits of volunteering in sport and physical activity – whatever their background, age or interests. And we want to make the experience as appealing and rewarding as possible for everyone.
To help achieve this, we have two new funds that aim to create exciting new volunteering and social action opportunities.
Our Opportunity Fund aims to get people from economically disadvantaged communities to volunteer.
We want to invest in projects that benefit people facing disadvantage as a result of the community they live in – and that allow them to make a positive contribution to those communities. These could range from inner-city areas with high levels of crime and social exclusion to remote rural areas with few services.
We want to create opportunities that get people helping others from an early age. Many of those who take part in social action regularly started when they were as young as 10.
Sport attracts many young people and can provide a springboard to social action. Just over half of young people prefer sport to any other volunteering pastimes.
We’re keen to test bold new approaches with our Potentials Fund to get young people involved in social action that includes sport and physical activity – especially those who might not have been involved in sport before.
Expression of interest deadline is 24th April 2017.