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.

Upcoming meetings

Fundraising – is regulation improving fundraising standards?

The discussions around fundraising have changed a lot in the year since the Fundraising Regulator was launched, and many fundraising organisations have made substantial changes to the way they find and connect with supporters. Our panel, and audience discussion, will look how the changes have impacted the sector’s approach to fundraising, and how organisations can support their fundraisers to implement culture change.

Stephen Dunmore, chief executive of the Fundraising Regulator, will look at the achievements of the regulator in the year in which it introduced registration and a levy on fundraising organisations, and discuss how the regulator is working in partnership with the sector, and what their next priorities are.

Peter Lewis, chief executive of the Institute of Fundraising, will discuss work to support best practice and the difference that excellent fundraising can make for charities, supporters and society.

Melanie Sallis, head of supporter marketing at the Woodland Trust, will talk about their experience in implementing new strategy donor consent, and how this has impacted on their fundraising and communications.

Lydia Thomas, producer of Radio 4’s recent documentary on fundraising, Selling Barbara, will look at the feedback that Radio 4 regularly receives from concerned donors, to explore what it can tell us about public trust in charities.

Date Tuesday 24 October
Time 10:00–12:00
Location Committee Room 6, Houses of Parliament
Speakers
  • Stephen Dunmore, chief executive of the Fundraising Regulator
  • Peter Lewis, chief executive of the Institute of Fundraising
  • Melanie Sallis, head of supporter marketing at the Woodland Trust
  • Lydia Thomas, producer of BBC R4’s recent investigation into charities trading personal details, Selling Barbara

Charity regulation

Join us for our annual meeting to discuss charity regulation with OSCR and the Charity Commission.

Date Wednesday 29 November
Time 15:00-17:00
Location Committee Room 6, Houses of Parliament
Speakers
  • Helen Stephenson, new chief executive of the Charity Commission
  • William Shawcross, chair of the Charity Commission
  • David Robb, chief executive of the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator

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).

Officers of the APPG

Officers
  • Susan Elan Jones MP (Labour Party)
  • Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts (Conservative Party)
  • Baroness Pitkeathley (Labour Party)
Vice chairs
  • Martin Docherty MP (Scottish National Party)
Treasurer
  •  Lord Shinkwin (Conservative Party)

Previous meetings

Read and download documents from previous meetings

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