The Team London awards celebrate the outstanding contribution made by volunteers in London who donate time to support a wide range of areas, including supporting our young people, reducing crime, improve Londoners’ quality of life by creating community cohesion and ‘greening and cleaning’ our city.
Welcome to Go Kingston Volunteering
Go Kingston Volunteering exists to promote, develop and support volunteering throughout the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames.
What we do is provide advice to potential volunteers, particularly for those people with extra support needs, (we firmly believe that volunteering should be open to all) and connect willing volunteers with one of the over 400 voluntary and community groups in the borough.
We provide one to one, confidential advice and guidance on volunteering; supporting the potential volunteer through the interview and recruitment stages.
In the last year we have registered and referred over 2,000 potential volunteers.
We continue to build on our experience working in the borough supporting volunteers into long term and one-off opportunities.
People volunteer their time and skills because they enjoy making a contribution to a cause they value, they are able to develop their social networks by volunteering. They meet like-minded people who are doing something for the common good of others
We deliver Best Practice advice and guidance to volunteer involving organisations in the borough and have recently developed the Kingston Quality Award (KQA). Organisations have to demonstrate competencies in 10 key areas of Best Practice in volunteer management.
The KQA recognises those organisations that strive to make the volunteer experience a positive and enjoyable one.
Things you might not expect about volunteering
- Nearly half of volunteers are under 23 and over half are in employment.
- Volunteer’s time to organisations in Kingston in 2014 was the equivalent of £1,670,000.
- Three quarters of volunteers said that volunteering made them feel healthier and lowered their stress levels.
- Almost all volunteers said volunteering enriched their sense of purpose in life and improved their mood.
- Increasing numbers of organisations are supporting staff volunteering during working hours, for example the Royal Borough of Kingston will support 6,000 days of volunteering by staff.
GKV is an important part of KVA (Kingston Voluntary Action) http://kva.org.uk/