The Power of
The Power of Connection has been designed to help people organising and supporting volunteers and volunteer programmes to provide volunteering opportunities which strengthen meaningful connection between people from different backgrounds. This helps to reduce prejudice and increase understanding between people from all backgrounds. It also results in more people wanting to volunteer, so it’s a win-win.The toolkit
Connecting Through Volunteering
“Shaping the Future with Volunteering is a group of 30 larger volunteer-involving organisations. We have been involved in helping develop this toolkit for the sector. It is designed to take you through the different steps needed to build stronger, more connected communities whatever the scope and style of your volunteering. The toolkit is based on evidence of how a focus on social cohesion can be foundational in improving the benefits to your volunteers and the communities in which they are based. Volunteering needs to find ways to be more inclusive of everyone in our society. This toolkit will help you develop your own action plan and be part of the solution in improving diversity and reach across communities.”
Jeremy Hughes, CBE, Convenor of Shaping the Future through VolunteeringTo the toolkit
So Why a Toolkit?
Before you start, you may like more information about the background to the toolkit and all the organisations that have contributed to its content and design.More about the toolkit
Unit 1 – Understanding Place
Explore the connections you have locally through your volunteering and consider ways to expand the diversity of your volunteers.
Unit 2 – Bonding, Bridging, and Linking
Find out more about the benefits of building social capital connected to volunteering.
Unit 3: Strengthening Social Cohesion
See which principles may support your volunteering and build social cohesion at the same time.
Unit 4: Choosing Social Cohesion Outcomes
Select the outcomes that fit with the type of volunteering you are engaged in. Remember that every group/organisation is unique.