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Virtual volunteering

Virtual Volunteering

We are piloting this project in the Canterbury district as this district has a mix of both urban and rural areas. 

  • We aim to work with a number of organisations to explore and co-produce resources to support and increase the development of virtual volunteering opportunities across the District.
  • In terms of volunteers, we will be supporting volunteers (of all ages and backgrounds) to enable them to inform and be actively engaged (both online and face to face) with volunteer-involving organisations regarding the development of suitable and pertinent virtual opportunities. 

This will enable us to both to match up the volunteer expectations with organisational expectations to enable the co-design of virtual volunteering opportunities and resources, to meet all needs.

Benefits for Organisations:

Increase knowledge of how virtual volunteering can benefit organisations:

  • Increase diversity of volunteers:  this can include younger people who are well versed in internet use; people who are housebound or have some other disability; people living in rural or remote locations; people on a low income.
  • Increase ability to cater for beneficiaries in different ways
  • Increase ability to fund raise or promote service provision as a result of adopting virtual volunteering opportunities (social media in particular)
  • Increase skills of organisation/employees/volunteers/beneficiaries
  • Expand their volunteering offer
  • Increase diversity
  • Better respond creatively to volunteers’ abilities and desires in terms of how they volunteer
  • Increase volunteers’ positive engagement with organisations
  • Increase their ability to cater for their beneficiaries
  • Attracting pro-bono volunteers

Benefits for Volunteers:

Increase knowledge of how virtual volunteering can benefit volunteers:

  • Increase potential access to a wider and more diverse range of volunteering opportunities.
  • Enabling people with disabilities, in remote/rural areas or on a low income to volunteer
  • Increase engagement with the community and community organisations
  • Encouraging employees to volunteer and share skills due to accessibility of time limited or micro volunteering
  • Increase social engagement of volunteers via virtual networks.
  • Decrease social isolation and loneliness
  • Increase volunteers’ positive engagement in the community
  • Actively contribute to their community
  • Increase their social networks
  • Learn new skills and increase their self-esteem and  confidence
  • Increase choice in volunteering roles
  • Increase volunteers’ positive engagement with organisations

Next online events to learn more about this project available:

UNV video about volunteering online all over the world
Example of what is virtual volunteering in the US
Social Media
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