|Project:||Volunteering Future Funding Model|
|Team:||Tim Allen, Clive Grace, Sandra Harris and Steve Martin, and Associates|
RCS were appointed by the Welsh Government to to explore opportunities to match fund the Volunteering Wales Grant budget beyond 2020 to lever in non-public funding to support volunteering in Wales. This new model is to be developed in collaboration with the third sector and a Task and Finish Group to create consensus on the aims, scope and set up of any new delivery/investment model to report back in 2019, with a view to establishing a new match funded model of supporting volunteering opportunities from 2020 onwards. The Project is focussed on 4 key questions:
- What is the future of Volunteering in Wales? What are the trends that will make volunteering more or less likely? What are the opportunities?
- What is the most effective way for the Welsh Government to invest in volunteering? How should it best spend its budget for Volunteering Wales Grants?
- What is the most effective model for levering in (and spending) investment in volunteering to Wales? How can a match-funding model work?
- Where should investment in volunteering be prioritised?How do we make volunteering accessible to those who are less likely or less able to volunteer (including removing barriers)? What would a long term approach look like?
The work involves developing a landscape map of volunteering and the use of a conceptual framework which includes the EFQM Business Excellence Model and Theory of Change approaches. A co-production approach and extensive stakeholder engagement are central to the methodology.