Volunteerism for development is at the heart of community building; it is a powerful means of engaging people in tackling development challenges throughout the country. It connects people to the causes they care deeply about and contributes to positive outcomes at all levels of society. To mobilise, manage and empower volunteers from across the communities we serve, requires a planned and organised effort. Volunteer clubs in each region provide a central coordinating point for effective placement within the Trust, and jointly manage volunteer and employee efforts to deliver more effective programs. Volunteer clubs are managed by the volunteers themselves, meaning they are in a position to influence the direction of programs in as much as they are to implement them. Over the course of 2017, 2,216 Syria Trust volunteers contributed 158,999 hours in voluntary work.