Working with Voluntary Organisations

Winchester City Council acknowledges the significant contribution that the voluntary and community sector makes to the support and well being of local residents and to the range and diversity of the activities and services provided in the District. The Council is keen to work with voluntary organisations, which include - among others - community groups, social enterprises, cooperatives and arts/sports/heritage clubs. We do this in a number of ways, such as through local partnerships, through our grants programmes and through new opportunities arising from the Council's commissioning approach. If you think you could be working more closely with us to benefit those living in the Winchester District, contact our Assistant Director (Economy and Communities) through the Customer Service Centre.

We work in partnership with Community First in Winchester District to provide support for not-for-profit organisations across the District, including:

  • Information and networking
  • Training
  • Funding workshops
  • One to one advisory visits
  • Toolkits and general advice (eg setting up a community organisation)
  • Recruitment of volunteers, including trustees

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In addition, the sector is represented and championed locally by Winchester Area Community Action (WACA), the Council for Voluntary Service in the Winchester District. WACA also runs a number of direct services, including Shopmobility and Dial-a-Ride. For more details go to