Launching our new toolkit to help you build stronger communities and increase participation through volunteering

Join us at our launch event on 6 July to learn more about the Power of Connection and how it can help voluntary organisations increase participation, remove barriers to volunteering and increase community resilience

The Power of Connection is an online resource free to any volunteer-involving organisation to access. It contains guidance and best practice on how volunteering can strengthen social cohesion at a local level – drawing on the latest research and evidence on volunteering and social cohesion using a bespoke theory of change. The toolkit will be available to use shortly.

Sign up for our launch event webinar here

It’s been created working alongside Shaping the Future, a coalition of 30 of the UK’s largest voluntary organisations including Royal Voluntary Service, NSPCC, St John Ambulance, RSPCA and the British Red Cross and funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

The toolkit aims to support voluntary organisations to better understand the factors affecting social cohesion in their area so they are better able to support stronger relationships at a local level. With this knowledge volunteer-involving organisations can extend their reach, listening to more diverse voices and challenging dominant perspectives. The toolkit particularly seeks to help organisations connect with groups and communities who face the most barriers to inclusion including those who experience socio-economic deprivation and Black, Asian and other minoritised ethnic groups.

Who is it for? 

The toolkit will be of use to anyone organising or supporting volunteers and volunteer programmes in the UK, helping them create a plan for improving social cohesion specifically tailored to their organisation’s purpose, volunteering opportunities and location.

It will also be of considerable interest to commissioners, funders and policy-makers in the voluntary sector and can also be used as a resource for businesses and workplaces looking to foster stronger connections and trust with their local area through workforce volunteering schemes.

Find out more

A launch event for the toolkit will take place on ThursDAY 6 July at 10.30-11.45am and is open to anyone to join – register here. Belong Network CEO Jo Broadwood will be joined by:

  • Alison Jeffrey – Deputy Director, Volunteering and Tackling Loneliness team at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)
  • Jeremy Hughes CBE – Shaping the Future convenor
  • Catherine Johnstone CBE – CEO, Royal Voluntary Service
  • Representatives from across the voluntary and public sector  

To explore ways the toolkit can be used, hear about the theory of change behind it and learn from those in the voluntary and public sector who helped to create it.

Belong Network are also running FREE taster sessions for any organisation looking to use the toolkit plus individual bespoke training sessions.  To find out more contact admin@belongnetwork.co.uk.