Press releases

Events are being planned across the country to mark Volunteers' Week 2017, taking place 1-7 June. The annual campaign sees charities and voluntary groups get together to recognise the contribution volunteers make to our communities every day.

Charities can expect to see little rise in income from donations or government, with earned income the best prospect for future growth, the charity sector’s representative body said today.

Authoritative new data on the charity sector’s finances published today by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) shows that income from government is at best flat-lining for most of the sector, while the charity representative body forecasts a challenging public fundraising environment as a consequence of broader economic conditions.

What the next government can do to help charities and volunteering make an even bigger difference

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has announced that Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) and Tennis2Be are the winners of their annual voluntary sector photography competition, sponsored by Pureprint. The winning images were exhibited at NCVO’s Annual Conference on 20 April 2017, where Rob Wilson MP, the Minister for Civil Society, awarded the prizes.

Good morning and welcome, everybody. It’s good to see so many of you here today in what we believe is the biggest conference of voluntary organisations that we have ever held.

Commenting on the announcement of the general election, Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of NCVO, said:

We will be using the coming weeks to remind politicians of all parties of the crucial role of charities and volunteering in our national life. We know that, with the right conditions, charities can make an even bigger difference.

Brexit is going to be a very big part of the election debate. Charities have many interests in Brexit negotiations, for example on freedom of movement and staffing. Now is the time to make the case for policies and positions that would be best for them and the people they work for.

Committee asks government to explore NCVO recommendation for time off work to volunteer as a charity trustee

00:01 Sunday 26 March

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations, which represents charities, said that the House of Lords has backed many of its concerns in the report of its select committee on charities, Stronger Charities for a Stronger Society, published today.

Government should not sign any further devolution deals unless areas can show how the voluntary sector has been involved in development and can be involved in implementation, charity representative body the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) says.

Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of NCVO, said:

I was very pleased to hear the prime minister’s speech today. She is entirely correct that the state alone cannot solve problems, and that different types of organisations share the responsibility for improving our society, but also that between us we have the skills to make it happen.

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