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Welcome to Southampton Voluntary Services

Southampton Voluntary Services (SVS) is the umbrella body for local voluntary and community groups working in Southampton. We provide a wide range of services including specialist support, advice and training to our membership. We also provide and promote information to individuals and organisations on volunteering in the city.

YOUR OPINION COUNTS

Guidelines for representation of the voluntary sector were originally drawn up in 2005 by the Community and Voluntary Sector Network Co-ordinating Group which, under the auspices of SVS, then represented the sector on the overarching local strategic partnership  - Southampton Partnership.  They aimed to provide a sustainable and clear basis for representation of the sector in strategic and interagency partnerships.  Funding to support this ‘network of networks’ came direct from Government through the Community Empowerment Fund which ended in 2006.
Since then the partnership structures in the city, as well as within voluntary sector forums and networks, have undergone significant changes with the introduction of Southampton Connect and a reduced number of key strategic partnerships in the city.
It now seems timely therefore to re-establish the underlying principles and mechanisms for voluntary and community sector representation to meet current structures and requirements. In doing so SVS Executive Committee, elected by SVS member organisations, have adhered to the fundamental principles originally enshrined both in the guidelines and in the Southampton Compact endorsed by all agencies in the city.

Please read through the proposed Guidelines and answer a short survey, or you can follow the link and complete your survey here

Please complete your survery by Monday 6th October

We can offer information, advice or support to the local voluntary & community sector on a one-to-one basis or within a group. Advice/Support includes all areas of voluntary sector development, such as:

We also deliver public service contracts, these services include:

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Josh Hensman, a Young Social Action Ambassador, is looking for inspiring volunteering stories for a project he is undertaking on behalf of the Cabinet Office called Step Up to Serve. He is hoping to find organisations whos volunteers are making an impact, doing something different and inspiring others to volunteer.

If you are interested, please contact Josh on southeast@socialactionambassador.org.

There are a couple of information evenings currently being planned for later in the year if you would like to find out more.  Details will follow.

SVS is joining the Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning and invites YOU!

On the 26th September 2014 from 10am-12pm.
EVERYONE IS WELCOME

Come in and enjoy tea/coffee and a nice cake, as well as find out a bit about our projects and what we do.

Want to become a volunteer? Come and see our latest opportunities and sign up.

Coffee Morning

50 Fun Fundraising Ideas

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To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Southampton’s City Status. Southampton Voluntary Services has produced this leaflet to promote fundraising within the city. Inside are 50 fundraising ideas for local community groups to give a go.

General Tips:

  • Ensure your fund raising event is cost effective by checking the cost of resourcing the activity. Bear in mind any volunteer expenses, prices of hir- ing equipment and the value of prizes that will be required.
  • Consider health and safety, insurance, food safety regulations, licences for any events.
  • Try and link the fundraising to the con- text of your organisation
  • Make sure there is an incentive for all competitions beyond the statement “its for charity”. If you put the work in to make it fun and exciting you’re bound to get much more engagement.
  • Wherever possible have your prizes on display, the more the better!

To download a leaflet, click here: 50 Fun Fundraising Ideas leaflet.

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Questions?
Contact: Auran Sood
Funding and Fundraising Development Worker
Tel: 02380 216013
Email: a.sood@southamptonvs.org.uk

Options were succesful in their application to the Big Lottery for funding under the Silver Dreams Project.

“I would just like to record my personal thanks to SVS and Auran in particular for the help and support provided, particularly facilitating access to a number of relevant groups hitherto unknown to me. We are currently wading through job descriptions one of which is for a volunteer co-oordinator to recruit some older persons and in which I have stated a requirement that they liaise closely with SVS”
(P. Keeley, Options Counselling, Southampton)

Support from LocalPropertyIndex.com

LocalPropertyIndex.com has announced that it is now supporting Southampton Voluntary Services.
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LocalPropertyIndex.com
is a property portal based near Southampton in Hampshire. Their clients are estate agents and property developers
who need to advertise properties.

About LocalPropertyIndex

LocalPropertyIndex is passionate about supporting local charities. We donate 10p every time an estate agency or rental agency pays us for an enquiry from someone
interested in a property.

How does it work?

So, you are looking for properties for sale in Southampton and you like the look
of a property on LocalPropertyIndex. At the bottom of the Enquiry Form you will
see a selection of Local Charities. Simply select a charity by clicking the little
circle next to the charity name – click REQUEST DETAILS – Job done. If you then
find another property you can choose the same charity again or spread the joy and
choose a different charity – up to you.

Visit LocalPropertyIndex.com and help us support Southampton Voluntary Services

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