Calling all volunteers past and present – take part in our survey and help shape the future of volunteering in Hampshire

To coincide with National Volunteers’ Week, 1-7 June, Hampshire County Council, in conjunction with Hampshire’s CVS Network and the University of Winchester, has launched a public survey to understand the impact of COVID-19 on volunteering across the county

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This information will be used to support residents who may have stopped volunteering back into voluntary service, as well as help retain new volunteers beyond the pandemic – encouraging recruitment into new areas that may previously have struggled to attract support.

Councillor Andrew Joy, Executive Member for Communities, Partnerships and External Affairs at the County Council, explains: “Over the past few months, an army of amazing volunteers have been lending a hand to support vulnerable people the length and breadth of the county. Their hard work has been life-saving – literally – helping thousands who have been isolating or advised to shield.”

“The community spirit has been alive and well in Hampshire for many years but the Coronavirus pandemic has drawn hundreds more people into volunteering with a hugely beneficial impact on communities across the county.  Our challenge now is to sustain this for the future, so I am urging any past or present volunteers to give their views on their experiences as soon as possible – we look forward to hearing from you.”

The public survey asks for feedback on a range of topics including:

*Why people are volunteering, particularly now;
*Their routes into volunteering;
*The impact volunteering has had or is having on individual volunteer wellbeing; 
*What would encourage people to continue volunteering post the current situation?

The volunteering survey is now live and closes on 26 June 2020.  It takes approximately seven minutes to complete, and is open to adults of all ages.
Tim Houghton, Chief Executive of Community First, on behalf of the Hampshire CVS Network, said: “We are keen to hear from as many people as possible, including those who may have offered their support but whose kind offer has not yet been taken up. Volunteers are the life blood of communities, and we want to do everything possible to support and encourage their efforts. This survey will help us better understand their views, so that we can help them in the right way, both now and in the future.” 

To find out about volunteering opportunities is Hampshire, visit the Hampshire CVS Network webpages.