Welcome to Volunteer Centre Dover District
Voluntary Organisations find their VOICE
With the desire to optimise the community and voluntary services across East Kent, the Volunteer Centres in Ashford, Shepway, Dover District and Thanet have come together in partnership with CASE Kent to form VOICE – Voluntary Organisations Involved in Community Engagement.
By working together VOICE aims to build social capital, engage better with hard to reach individuals/groups, and strengthen the voice and activity of voluntary organisations throughout the community. By being more strategically involved in joint delivery and targeting support to groups and individuals to meet specific needs, VOICE has the potential to further improve outcomes for local communities and significantly influence the ability of the voluntary sector to grow, develop and do what it does best.
Made up of five organisations, VOICE is flexible, responsive and able to work with groups and individuals in the community. As a consequence VOICE possess a wealth of local knowledge; enhances social inclusion and citizenship; and has a beneficial impact on the local economy – providing voluntary organisations with practical support and advice. In addition to empowering people with life skills and employment opportunities, it offers choice to service users.
Joseph Dublin, Manager of Dover District Volunteer Centre, said "This is an exciting opportunity to build on the best of what already is, and to move forward together to build a sector and a positive working relationship. Together we can innovate and continue to deliver high quality, sustainable and accessible services across East Kent."
All five organisations have long histories of serving their local communities; with in depth knowledge of the voluntary and community sector and awareness of the needs of the most vulnerable in society.
"Working together will enable us to share expertise, develop services in response to local need and increase efficiencies across the five organisations" said Mrs Janet Johnson, Manager of Shepway Volunteer Centre.
For more information please contact Mr Dublin on 01304 367898 or email email@example.com.
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