The Voluntary and Non-Profit Secretariat (VNPS) provides policy advice and expertise within government on the issues and needs of the volunteer and non-profit sector. As a policy office, the Secretariat is uniquely positioned to advise government on the perspectives, key issues, and contributions of the sector to our province. VNPS does this by meeting with community stakeholders, asking them to share their opinions and experiences, and to identify how government and the community might work together more effectively. The Secretariat also provides analysis of legislative, policy, program and service delivery matters that directly impact volunteers, organizations and staff that make up the volunteer and non-profit sector.
Over the last four years, VNPS has hosted 23 community roundtables engaging nearly 300 community leaders from across the province. This early work can be reviewed in A Summary of Community Discussions with the Volunteer and Non-Profit Sector. As a result of these roundtables, VNPS brought together key stakeholders from across Newfoundland and Labrador for two Community Summits in March 2010 and again in February 2012. These gatherings have served as sources of dialogue and relationship building for both the sector and the Provincial Government.
In January 2013 VNPS, in partnership with Memorial University’s Harris Centre and the Newfoundland and Labrador Statistics Agency, will be undertaking the first census of the province’s volunteer and non-profit sector. The information gathered will assist the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador in policy development and lend insight into the scope and depth of a sector that contributes so much to our communities.