We are pleased that the Office of the Third Sector see its role in leading cross-Government support for developing volunteering and expect this to result in better recognition across all government departments of the vital role volunteer management plays in developing successful and sustainable volunteering.
We welcome the investment of Â£2 million into piloting an Access for Volunteering Fund that will enable volunteer managers to increase opportunities for disabled people to volunteer and in particular the Â£4 million provided for the training of volunteers and volunteer managers. However, we hope that the Office of the Third Sector not only recognises that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to volunteer management but that the development of volunteer management and volunteer managers includes enabling peer support, peer mentoring and networking, not just the provision of conventional training. We would be pleased to work with the Office of the Third Sector in developing proposals for supporting volunteer managers.
We are disappointed, though, that they have ignored the Commission's recommendation supporting the local volunteering infrastructure. Properly funded, volunteer centres can make a vital contribution towards developing local volunteer management for volunteer managers who cannot access any other local support and influencing those organisations, who don't invest in appropriate volunteer management, to recognise that volunteer managers are an essential element in delivering effective and sustainable volunteering.
We look forward to working with the Office of the Third Sector, Volunteering England and the rest of the volunteering sector in delivering the Manifesto's recommendations and ensuring volunteer managers are actively involved in the process.