Woking Borough Council welcomes Woking Association of Voluntary Service

17 March 2017

Wokings voluntary service provider, Woking Association of Voluntary Service (WAVS), is to integrate its services with Woking Borough Council to enable its wide scope of services to continue in a new format.

This innovative and unique approach was taken by the Board of Trustees in partnership with Woking Borough Council in order to safeguard the long-term provision of voluntary services in Woking. The new partnership promises to maintain and improve all services that are currently provided by the volunteer association.

There are no planned redundancies or loss of service such as volunteering, funding advice, interpretation and translation services or payroll due to the transition.

Speaking about the decision, WAVS Chair of Trustees, Graham Mott, said: This is a significant move for Woking Association of Voluntary Service and one that the Board of Trustees recognises is imperative for the long-term sustainability of the voluntary sector, and one that creates many exciting opportunities.

We acknowledge that to thrive in todays economic environment we needed to review our approach to the work we do with, and for volunteer organisations. Volunteering services are, at the end of the day, about the people involved and not about the building we operate from or the name we call ourselves. Whilst this move will result in our charity ceasing to operate, the work will continue to be provided through an enhanced integrated council service offer which will allow the scope of services previously provided to the voluntary sector by WAVS to grow, diversify and expand with confidence.

Our front line staff will transfer across to the council and continue to work hard to attract, train and retain volunteers, whilst continuing to provide all of the same advice and assistance that we have always done. This includes our outreach work around the Borough where we meet and advise the public face-to-face.

Cllr John Kingsbury, Leader of Woking Borough Council said: By combining WAVS existing knowledge and expertise with the Councils current services, we will all benefit from an exciting, collaborative working arrangement and a vastly improved capacity to not only reach more potential volunteers throughout the Borough but also help to build increasingly sustainable communities.

Wokings third sector is thriving and we are enthusiastic about the opportunities that this approach will afford us to meet the needs of the people and organisations that we serve.

WAVS services, including outreach, will be unavailable from Thursday 13 April to Tuesday 2 May 2017 to allow for relocation to the Civic Offices.

From Tuesday 2 May 2017, the current WAVS team will operate from the Borough Councils Civic Offices, Gloucester Square, Woking and all services, including outreach work, will re-commence. Contact details will change, with member organisations of WAVS being notified of such details in due course.

WAVS is currently the main point of contact between individuals and companies in the Borough looking for volunteering opportunities and the organisation who need volunteers. WAVS also provide a wealth of advice and information to organisations on all aspects of the voluntary sector, from funding and governance to health awareness and resourcing.

For more information, please contact WAVS Manager, Sylvie Marshall on 01483 751456 or email sylvie@wavs.org.uk