A new volunteer passport for Norfolk?

Voluntary Norfolk is seeking the views of VCSE organisations to help develop a new Volunteer Passport which will enable volunteers to move between roles more easily. 

A Volunteer Passport is a programme of core volunteer training and development which is accepted by a number of local organisations and enables volunteers to move more easily between volunteer placements.  It aims to benefit both volunteers and the organisations that work with volunteers.  Volunteers are issued with a ‘passport’ which lets organisations know that they have completed this core training.  Organisations that sign up to the passport scheme accept the core training, so only need to offer their volunteers specific training related to the organisation they are joining and the role they are taking on.

Claire Grainger, Voluntary Sector Development Manager, says ‘The idea of a passport scheme has been discussed for some time, but the great response by local people to the call for volunteers during the Covid-19 pandemic crisis has re-started the conversation about whether a passport scheme would be a useful addition to volunteering in Norfolk.

‘Most volunteers have to go some element of training to support them in their role and some training, such as around safeguarding or data protection, is relevant across lots of organisations, so it makes sense to avoid repeating this if necessary, saving both the cost of the training and the time it takes for a volunteer to be ready for their new role.’ Claire adds.

Organisations are encouraged to share their views via a short survey.

The survey closes on Friday August 7th 2020.

For more information, email Claire Grainger.