All Party Parliamentary Group on Charities and Volunteering

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Charities and Volunteering (formerly the APPG on Civil Society and Volunteering) provides a forum for discussing the issues affecting the voluntary and community sector. NCVO is delighted to provide the secretariat for this group.

Next meeting

Topic Volunteering in later life
Date and time 16:00-18:00 Monday 27 February
Location Committee Room 19

Britain’s ageing population has created a growing number of people keen to stay engaged with their community after retirement. This meeting will discuss what is being done to support volunteering later in life, and explore what more we can do to encourage people to take social action after they have left the workplace.


  • Katy Owen, head of centre for Social Action & Evaluation, Office for Civil Society, on their new £4m in funding for over-50s volunteering.
  • Kim Roberts, senior campaigns officer, Charities Aid Foundation, speaking about CAF’s plans for an after-career advice service.
  • Oonagh Aitken, chief executive, Volunteering Matters, talking about their Retired and Senior Volunteer Programme (RSVP), a project that supports collaborative volunteering in later life.
  • Dan Jones, director of innovation & change, the Centre for Ageing Better, on their recent report into the health and social benefits of contributing to your community in later life.

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Upcoming meetings

Topic Voluntary sector involvement in Devolution
Date and time 16:00-18:00 Monday 20 March
Location the Houses of Parliament

How the sector can help develop devolution in England, how new powers might affect the way public services are delivered, and what lessons we can learn where powers have been devolved previously.

Topic What next for charity governance?
Date and time 16:00-18:00 Wednesday 26 April
Location the Houses of Parliament
Topic The Autumn budget and voluntary and community organisations
Date and time 16:00-18:00 Tuesday 20 June
Location the Houses of Parliament

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How to get involved

We very much welcome attendees from the voluntary sector.

Meetings usually take the form of presentations by speakers and then a Q&A with the floor. However, parliamentarians do have priority in asking questions.

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How the group works

Meetings are attended by a range of parliamentarians and members of the voluntary sector. Recent topics have ranged from the role of charities in campaigning to volunteer internships. The APPG also holds a yearly meeting with the Charity Commission and the minister for civil society.

The APPG on Charities and Volunteering is registered with the House of Commons (PDF, 300KB).

  • Susan Elan Jones MP (Labour Party)
  • Chris White MP (Conservative Party)
  • Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts (Conservative Party)
  • Baroness Pitkeathley (Labour Party)
Vice chairs
  • Martin Docherty MP (Scottish National Party)
  • Dr Paul Monaghan MP (Scottish National Party)
  •  Lord Shinkwin (Conservative Party)

Previous meetings

2 November 2016 Charity regulation with the Charity Commission and the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator
12 October 2016 Youth in voluntary action
5 July 2016 Overcoming barriers for charities providing public services
13 April 2016 Social investment
9 March 2016 Charity fundraising with Lord Grade, chair of the new Charity Fundraising Regulator
9 February 2016 Small charities plus EGM
7 December 2015 Christmas reception
13 October 2015 Update from the Charity Commission and the Scottish Charity Regulator
14 July 2015 Building on sound foundations: scaling up Employer Supported Volunteering
9 June 2015 Volunteer internships: opportunity or exploitation plus AGM
3 March 2015 General election hustings
20 January 2015 Small charities
18 November 2014 An exchange with Paula Sussex, Chief Executive of the Charity Commission
14 October 2014 Ageing and Pensions
 8 July 2014 Young People and the Voluntary Sector plus AGM
13 May 2014 New Landscapes in Funding
25 March 2014 Looking to the future
21 January 2014 Update from the Charity Commission
8 November 2013 Supporting small charities
22 October 2013 Charities and their campaigning role
25 June 2013 AGM and update from the Office for Civil Society
30 April 2013 Challenges facing UK charities
19 March 2013 Why does Leadership Matter?
30 January 2013 Update from William Shawcross, Chair of The Charity Commission
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