Suffolk Volunteering Legacy

A few days ago I noticed that the display cases in Endeavour House have changed as they do and the Olympic memorabilia has now gone on to other locations and I was minded to think about what is the lasting legacy of the Games, here in Suffolk.

For me there are two, firstly it about people enjoying better access to sport and the way in which with the move of Public Health into the County Council we intend to put sport and physical activity at the heart of the Public health agenda; to be fair I know that we are not alone in this objective, as it should always have been, but it’s hardly unique to Suffolk.

What is unique is Suffolk Volunteering which we have developed following the success of the volunteering programme at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games which has raised the profile of volunteering and generated an enormous amount of positive press and comment in the media. The challenge is to now build upon this raised profile and enthusiasm to make positive and lasting change to volunteering in the county.

In Suffolk, we have a changing landscape for voluntary sector infra-structure with the creation in April 2013 of Community Action Suffolk (CAS). The new organisation will be the result of a merging of SAVO, Suffolk ACRE, Young Suffolk and 7 other Infra-structure bodies, including most of the Volunteers Centre’s in the county which gives us a unique opportunity to roll out coordinated volunteering programmes across the whole of the county. In this the team with support from the County Council have been building upon, and guided by, issues raised at the Sports Volunteering Conference held in March 2012 and the Volunteering Legacy Summit in November 2012. In the background meetings have taken place, papers have been written, strategies agreed and funding is being sort. But frankly all that is the structural and the internal machinery what people are interested in is what that means for them.

Please go and have a look at and get involved and be alongside so many of those who volunteered at the Olympics, who enjoyed it so much they are now a part of this unique Suffolk legacy.

About askcolinnoble
I'm a Conservative politician-lite, I dabble a bit in Party Politics with my main focus of working hard and being a strong voice for my community making sure local government delivers quality services and fellow residents get value for money for their hard earned money they pay in Council tax | Where this Gravatar appears and I am expressing my views or liking something I do so in a personal capacity and does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of Suffolk County Council, Forest Heath District Council, the Conservative Party or come to think of it anyone else | But having said the above at an election time and to stay legal anything I write is promoted by Lance Stanbury on behalf of Colin Noble, both at West Suffolk Conservative Association, Unit 8, Swan Lane Business Park, Exning, Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 7FN

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