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Community Groups

Meeting volunteers from VSO

Can your Community Group help reduce poverty?

Community groups do vital work for VSO raising awareness, inspiring future volunteers and raising much-needed funds.

Connecting your Community Group with a volunteer is a very popular way of getting a unique insight into overseas development.

Through a volunteers’ eyes, you can witness the changes being made to support the world’s poorest communities. 

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"The Rotary Club of Andover has supported VSO and its volunteers for decades. The direct interaction with volunteers gives us first-hand knowledge of the successes we are supporting, and the varied challenges they face.” 

Rtn The Revd Dr Peter Howson, Speakers Secretary for Rotary Club of Andover

Presenting to a group of supporters

Connecting your Group with a local volunteer

We'll always aim to match your community group with a volunteer from your local area. This means the volunteer can easily come and speak to your group and answer questions before their placement and upon their return. 

"We have honoured to have been linked with so many inspiring volunteers. Our last linked volunteer took her expertise to work as a midwife in Cambodia. It was a pleasure to share her experiences through frequent letters and photographs."

Jenny Saxby – The Soroptimist International Central Birmingham Club

Supporting our volunteers

We do ask for a contributory donation towards the cost of sending volunteers to Africa and Asia. The amount each group is able to donate varies, but we'll discuss this with you. 

Skilled professionals such as doctors, teachers and experienced business people are normally on placement for a year or more. The long length of placement means they get a unique insight into the true causes of poverty. Community Groups usually donate an amount in the region of £1,200 when supporting a professional volunteer.

If you'd like to support a young local volunteer aged 18-25, a proportion of your donation could go towards their fundraising target. Our youth volunteering programme is called ICS (International Citizen Service) and the demanding placement is carefully designed to support long-term strategies that reduce poverty.

Each link between a volunteer and Community Group is unique. But you will get regular emails, postcards, and a talk from the volunteer. Once you’ve registered your interest, we’ll be in touch to discuss this further with available volunteers.

"I felt I benefited from the link while I was away; it was someone providing support. It was nice to receive emails asking how I was and what I was up to - it gives you a sense of pride and responsibility. The opportunity to talk about Ethiopia and what I got up to is always welcome!"

Alexa Vardy, volunteer Doctor (obstetrician and gynaecologist)

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