Volunteer Cornwall has seen many changes since its establishment in 1978. Over the past 30+ years, it has developed various features in order to support community action…
Originally Carrick Volunteer Bureau, the organisation is founded serving only one of the six district council areas.
With the establishment of three new district bureaux, the beginning of the 90's saw great growth, the growth bringing with it a change of name, becoming Cornwall Centre for Volunteers.
With a foundation in the volunteer transport sector, it was with modest satisfaction that 1996 saw recognition with a visit from HRH Princess Alexandra, marking the annual coverage of 1 million miles from voluntary drivers. June 1996 also saw the organisation awarded the “Investors in People” standard, recognising strength in employee development and support.
With a successful bid to the Department for National Heritage for a “Make a Difference” grant in 1997 an additional two outreach offices (one in Bude and another in Saltash) were established.
Further successful bids meant that in 1998 the centre was awarded the contract by The Department of Employment to deliver the Voluntary Option of New Deal for 18-24 year-olds. After a year of success, the centre gained the contract for both the New Deal 25+ and Millennium Volunteers.
The Year Of The Volunteer! 2005 was an exciting time for volunteering in the county with the annual stand at the Royal Cornwall Show receiving over 600 eager visitors. Later, a “Make a Difference Fair” launched by local MP, Julia Goldsworthy at the Carn Brea Leisure Centre attracted more than 100 exhibitors, providing information, advice, support and services to local people. December saw an elaborate finale to The Year Of The Volunteer with 300 volunteers from across Cornwall taking to the ice at The Eden Project to celebrate.
The bright, airy offices of Heron House became home, providing a modern, Twenty-first Century environment to a contemporary organisation.
The Cornwall Works Plus scheme was established aiming to counteract barriers to work in the county.
April 2009 saw another change of name, to the now-familiar Volunteer Cornwall, and the launch of the Cornwall Celebrates Volunteering Awards.
Another move, this time swapping two rented offices in Truro for one central office which we purchased outright. Complete with PV panels and double cladded insulation, we were determined to minimise our carbon footprint.