Press releases

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.

Commenting on today's announcement by the minister for civil society of a package of measures to help tackle the challenge of getting small charities into the public services supply chain, Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, said:

Opening up public services commissioning to smaller charities will lead to better outcomes for the people who depend on them. The expertise of charities helps create caring, responsive and efficient public services.

A new easy-read guide to trusteeship published today will help people with learning disabilities to become charity trustees. The National Council for Voluntary Organisations has translated its best-selling Good Trustee Guide into easy-read format in order to provide information about a trustee's role and best practice guidance to people with learning disabilities.

By making the information contained in the Good Trustee Guide accessible, NCVO hopes to help charities improve the diversity of their governance structure and increase the effectiveness of their trustee board. Increasing board diversity is a key recommendation of the new draft Charity Governance Code.

Charities have welcomed substantial changes to the government's planned 'anti-lobbying clause', announced today.

Commenting on the three new appointments to the Charity Commission board, Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, which represents charities, said:

The new appointees have substantial professional backgrounds, with decades of experience at senior levels in complex organisations.

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