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Our values


Volunteering Matters' vision is of a society where everyone can participate in their local community through volunteering and social action

 
We are a value driven organisation that invests in volunteering in order to build a stronger and more inclusive society.

Our values are that:
  • we are honest and transparent

  • we are collaborative

  • we are ambitious

  • we are inclusive


Volunteer Centre Newcastle is one of our projects which locally delivers our strategic aims:

  • increase our research and impact

  • Provide the best possible experience for volunteers and ensure that their voices are heard

  • Provide the best possible experience for volunteers and ensure that their voices are heard


In Newcastle, Volunteer Centre Newcastle is a partner in the Newcastle Compact. The compact refers to the relationship between the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) and a range of public sector partners.

The compact underpins our shared vision and values of volunteering:

Volunteering: Volunteering is the commitment of time and energy for the benefit of society and the community and can take many forms. It is undertaken freely and by choice without concern for financial gain.

Choice: We believe people must be free to choose to volunteer.

Diversity: We believe volunteering should be open to all, across different backgrounds, race, age, disability, sexual orientation, faith or other factors. However, some projects may not be suitable for particular groups of people to volunteer for and this can be discussed with the volunteer.

Mutual Respect: We believe volunteers should expect to gain something in return for giving their time, energy and skills. This could include a sense of worthwhile achievement, useful skills, experience and contacts, sociability and fun or inclusion in the life of the organisation.

Recognition: We recognise volunteers' contribution to the health and wellbeing of the community, public sector organisations, the social economy and to wider social objectives. We recognise volunteering has costs which impact upon the resources and capacity of volunteer involving organisations. We recognise volunteers should not be used as replacements for paid employees.

You can read the Newcastle Compact here.


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