Volunteering builds social capital, creating resilience in communities. The foundations of recovering from Covid; being part of and contributing to a resilient community is what makes places and locations better - to live, work, rest, and play. Conversely, resilient communities foster a greater sense of belonging and purpose; they are at the heart of deliberative democracy; they enable us to function, and people to have the support they need and seek. Some of this is the unseen: kindness, neighbourliness, active citizenship. It speaks to the roles of volunteers as trustees and in governance, and democratic engagement. Harnessed and supported, there is a huge power to drive change in communities.
As we look to the future of volunteering in England, the necessity to look at the enablers and barriers of future community-focused participation exists in the here and now. Encouraging and empowering people to take action on things which matter to them, learning and intelligence gathering from communities and their leaders, and forming a plank of storytelling, sharing positive stories that can be shared to inspire further volunteering and engagement and pushing-forward a culture of giving.
The Resilient Communities workshops will explore and address a range of considerations including: