Our mission is to:
‘Provide support and inspiration for volunteers, organisations and groups to develop volunteering in the community’.
As a nationally accredited Volunteer Centre, we are the local volunteering infrastructure organisation for Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde providing the core Volunteer Centre functions of:
Strategic development of volunteering
Developing volunteer opportunities
Good practice development
Voice of volunteering
We are also Investing in Volunteers achievers, which is the is the UK quality standard for good practice in volunteer management.
In addition to our core functions, we develop and deliver volunteering projects and programmes through contracts, service level agreements, grant funding and donations.
‘I needed to get out of the house and meet other people. I’d only been involved with Military life previously and that was all I knew. I moved to Blackpool and have had to start my life again – this has meant making new links in education, volunteering etc. It’s really been worth it.’
‘It’s built my confidence and got me doing more things. I’ve met loads of new people who are like me and in a similar situation to myself.’
‘I volunteer more for myself and to gain experience of being involved in my community. Before I started volunteering, I had nothing, I had just been on the dole since I left school.’
‘The VA have always been helpful. I always know they’re there.’
‘I became involved due to a request to help other Dads who were in a similar situation I found myself in. I had previously had a lot of difficulties in gaining access to my daughter and had lost hope at many points. The mental health effects and feelings of hopelessness were extreme – I just wanted to show Dads that there is a way to deal with the feelings they have and that they can resolve the situations they’re in. I wanted other Dads to know that they’re not alone – there are lots of Dads out there who are in a similar situation to the one I found myself in.’
‘I think volunteering has helped me grow at great bond with my daughter.’
‘Volunteering has helped me to meet new people and help other people effectively. It has helped me to learn new skills.’
‘I have undergone a steep learning curve and learned so many new things – I didn’t realise before the true extent of deprivation and its effects in Blackpool. The Learning to Feed course also taught me statistics that shocked me regarding the number of babies admitted to hospital with upper Gastrointestinal problems and Gastroenteritis.
‘I have made new connections in the Grange Family Hub and at the Volunteer Academy and I think I will continue to do so now that I have done the Learn 2 Feed Course and can get out in the community.’