Volunteering England consultation on restructuring

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(En anglais seulement)
Volunteering England is consulting with its staff and trade union on proposals for restructuring which would reduce its staffing from 55 to 24 posts, including the ending of 10 time-limited posts. Chief Executive of Volunteering England Justin Davis Smith states: "We have to take these steps now to protect the future of Volunteering England against threatened cuts in funding. The proposed structure will secure the position of Volunteering England as the authoritative voice of volunteering.

"It is extraordinary we have to plan on cutting back our organisation at a time when across our society there is more interest in volunteering than ever before. The coalition government's Big Society is built upon volunteering, and Volunteering England has a crucial part to play in helping public and community services become more effective through involving volunteers.

"And it is heartbreaking we are planning to make redundant so many colleagues who bring extraordinary commitment to the cause of volunteering and have so much knowledge and experience to offer the volunteering movement and our whole society.

"We have to safeguard Volunteering England against a potential 60 per cent cut in strategic partner funding, and, together with the ending of time-limited projects, we have no alternative but to commence a consultation procedure on staff redundancies.

"The trustees and our staff team have been working for the past year on the strategic plan for 2011-2014. We have re-examined our range of work and identified the essential elements of our role as the national development agency for volunteering. The proposed structure will focus our resources on the twin tracks of strengthening knowledge to improve policy and practice and on engaging with our fast-growing membership and the volunteering movement.

"We are urging the Cabinet Office to discuss how reductions in the strategic partnership programme could be phased so organisations such as Volunteering England can diversify our sources of funding, continuing to strengthen our relationships with the corporate world and to increase our membership.

"The trustees would wish to place on record their thanks to the staff team at Volunteering England for their excellent work over the past years and their professionalism during this difficult time."

 

For media enquiries please contact:

mike [dot] locke [at] volunteering [dot] org [dot] uk (Mike Locke)
Director of Public Affairs
Volunteering England
020 7520 8930; 07850 784986