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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.

Whether it’s ad hoc support in exchange for an informative talk from a volunteer, or choosing VSO as your charity of the year; the contributions community groups make are varied and highly valued.

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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, President (2017) Rotary Club of Andover

Presenting to a group of supporters

Connecting your Group with a local volunteer

Arranging a talk from a VSO returned volunteer, usually one from your local area, 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. We do expect a contributory donation towards the cost of sending volunteers to Africa and Asia. The amount each group is able to donate varies, all are gratefully received.  

We do expect a contributory donation towards the cost of sending volunteers to Africa and Asia. The amount each group is able to donate varies, all are gratefully received. 

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

Jenny Saxby – The Soroptimist International Central Birmingham Club

Fundraising for VSO

If you are interested in fundraising on behalf of VSO and raising the profile of our work in your local community, then please do get in touch. We can make sure you have the resources you need to make your efforts as informative and effective as possible.

"The opportunity to talk about Ethiopia and what I got up to is always welcome! It is a privilege to be invited to speak at a club and I enjoyed doing it. I was unaware of quite how much charity work they get involved in. It is certainly something that I will look into joining myself later in life."

Alexa Vardy, volunteer Doctor (obstetrician and gynaecologist)

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