Following the successful push to increase volunteering around the London 2012 Olympic Games, Team Hackney A partners have continued to promote opportunities and to celebrate the active contribution that volunteering makes to the local community and civic life. For example, the Hackney Volunteer Centre promotes volunteering as a route into work for people who are unemployed, and the Homerton Helpers programme contributes to community life at Homerton Hospital.
Volunteering services for the City of London are run by Tower Hamlets Volunteer Centre (THVC). THVC recruits volunteers for a wide variety of non-profit organisations and groups, providing free information, training and advice on all aspects of volunteering. Volunteers are able to claim Spice Time Credits, which are a way of thanking those who give their time to their local community (see Box 4).
Box 4: Case study – Spice Time Credits in the City of London B
- Team Hackney is Hackney’s local strategic partnership. It is dedicated to improving the quality of life for everyone in the borough by bringing together key partners in the public, private, community and voluntary sectors.