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Volunteering 'up to the public'
6:00am Thursday 5th September 2013 in News
Many people in Bradford want to volunteer in their communities but aren’t yet doing so, according to the new report.
The Bradford district already has high levels of volunteering, from people becoming a magistrate or school governor to those helping with local sports teams or youth groups.
But for every four people who already have an active role in their community, there are another three who would like to get more involved, the report shows.
When asked how the Council might tap into this potential resource, Coun Green said it wasn’t necessarily a matter for the local authority.
He said: “How does the Council do it is the wrong question - how do they themselves do it is the right question.
“This document is actually there for the 524,000 people in Bradford. If you say, ‘I would like to coach a football team or become a scout master’, we can point you in the right direction, but it’s not actually up to the Council to sort it out.”
Coun Green said community spirit should start at the “ground level”.
He said: “Does the Council come in and say, ‘You’re a community, like each other’, or does it start from the bottom?”
Strategic support manager Wendy Hall said the figures in the report were likely to interest the voluntary sector in particular.