We are 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.
Southampton Voluntary Services (SVS) is housed in the voluntary action centre, which is a purpose built resource for the voluntary sector in Southampton.
Volunteering and involvement in voluntary action can be a powerful tool for personal and social change. It can help the volunteer to grow as much as the recipient of their volunteering - it reconnects people to the world of work or training, helps them retrain expertise or attain new skills, build confidence, purpose or self-worth. Through giving up their time people make new friends and inter-community connections and it can be a source of personal pride, self-achievement and social value.
All aspects of our work promote voluntary action; from recruiting volunteers and helping the wider voluntary sector to be well managed, effective and to have a voice, through to the projects we manage which give local people an opportunity to contribute and find solutions to local issues.
2016 marked our 18th year as SVS, which marks the coming of age for our organisation under its current name and incorporated charitable company status. Our roots in the City, however, go back much further to our ad-hoc inception in 1968, and we look forward to marking our formal inauguration and constitution as an organisation serving the City and the voluntary sector for 50 years in February 2018.