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Southampton Voluntary Services is the umbrella body for local voluntary and community groups working in Southampton.

We provide a wide range of services including specialist support, advice and training to our membership. We also provide and promote information to individuals and organisations on volunteering in the city.

Southampton Voluntary Services (SVS) is housed in the voluntary action centre, which is a purpose built resource for the voluntary sector in Southampton.

Volunteering and involvement in voluntary action can be a powerful tool for personal and social change. It can help the volunteer to grow as much as the recipient of their volunteering - it reconnects people to the world of work or training, helps them retrain expertise or attain new skills, build confidence, purpose or self-worth. Through giving up their time people make new friends and inter-community connections and it can be a source of personal pride, self-achievement and social value.

All aspects of our work promote voluntary action; from recruiting volunteers and helping the wider voluntary sector to be well managed, effective and to have a voice, through to the projects we manage which give local people an opportunity to contribute and find solutions to local issues.

2016 marked our 18th year as SVS, which marks the coming of age for our organisation under its current name and incorporated charitable company status. Our roots in the City, however, go back much further to our ad-hoc inception in 1968, and we look forward to marking our formal inauguration and constitution as an organisation serving the City and the voluntary sector for 50 years in February 2018.

Our Projects

Our Projects have been developed through consultation with the public and our partners in response to local need. They would be unable to operate without the added value brought by our teams of dedicated volunteers.  

Southampton Young Carers Project

Southampton Young Carers Project provides a service for children and young people aged between 8 – 18yrs whose lives are affected by caring for an unwell or disabled family member.

Southampton Shopmobility

Through Southamton Voluntary Services, the Shopmobility service provides manual and electric wheelchairs and mobility scooters to people with limited mobility enabling users to access the city centre.

Healthwatch Southampton

Healthwatch Southampton is the new consumer champion for health and social care. We make sure your views & experiences are heard by those who run, plan and regulate health and social care services.

Community Roots

The Community Roots allotment scheme provides supported volunteering, training & work experience to those who have experienced homelessness, mental health, & alcohol or substance misuse.

SO18 Big Local

SVS is commissioned by Local Trust, through local people, to support them in running and managing SO18 Big Local, their small grant programme which distributes £30,000 each year.