Press releases

NCVO has announced that it is hosting a new initiative called Power & Integrity (PI) – launching today – which aims to enable more coherent, integrated and impactful approaches to organisational integrity in the voluntary sector. PI will investigate how understanding and addressing power can enable organisations to have a more complete picture of how they may cause harm and the steps needed to do better.

With an aim to support a sector-wide approach to issues of power and integrity, PI’s learnings will be shared on an open-source basis. It will be led by a team of independent experts and NCVO will host the initiative for an initial period of 12 to 18 months, with NCVO learning from its approach, after which the intention is that the PI will become an independent nonprofit organisation.

With just two months to go until Volunteers’ Week 2022, taking place 1-7 June, the organisers have shared the news that the theme for this year’s week-long celebration is ‘A time to say thanks’.

Volunteers’ Week is an annual event, now entering its 38th year. The week sees charities, voluntary groups, social organisations, and volunteers themselves come together to recognise the incredible impact that volunteering has in communities around the UK. This year’s Volunteer’s Week also coincides with celebrations to mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

NCVO has announced today that it will partner with the Centre for Ageing Better to support its efforts to increase age-friendly inclusive volunteering in England. NCVO will do this through the delivery of training and the creation of an action learning group of 'advocates for age-friendly inclusive volunteering'. NCVO will recieve a grant amount of £28,000 and the project will run until March 2023.

Two years ago the UK went into its first national lockdown, the final report of the Charity Covid-19 Impact Barometer survey project, led by Nottingham Trent University, with Sheffield Hallam University and the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), reveals how the charity sector has adapted and changed over the course of the past two years.

Based on 18 months of real-time research beginning in September 2020, the report draws on 14 waves of the survey, four waves of a panel survey, and over 300 in-depth interviews with those working in and with charities. The final ‘Respond, recover, reset: the voluntary sector and Covid-19' report looks back on two years of the pandemic and how it has challenged and shaped the UK’s charity sector.

Today the Small Charities Coalition (SCC) announced that the FSI (the Foundation for Social Improvement) and NCVO (National Council for Voluntary Organisations) have come together to secure the SCC Helpdesk and other key services. This will ensure small charities can still access vital help and support following the winding down of the small charity membership body from 31 March 2022.

Today NCVO (the National Council for Voluntary Organisations), England’s largest membership organisation for the voluntary sector, has announced that Sarah Vibert has been appointed as its CEO. Sarah will take up the role with immediate effect.

ACEVO and NCVO today release a joint statement following announcement of Orlando Fraser as preferred candidate for the next chair of the Charity Commission.

  • New report urges voluntary sector to build on pandemic progress by considering flexibility in the job design of all charity roles.
  • Report makes six recommendations to help charities make flexible working the default position for employment in the sector.
  • Umbrella bodies encourage organisations to share stories of how flexibility is working so that best practice, learning and inspiration is easily available in the sector  building confidence and reducing stigma.

The voluntary sector needs to lead the way on flexible working and advertise all roles as flexible, with employers encouraging open conversations about how it can work in their organisation. That’s according to a new report, 'Time to Flex', being launched by voluntary sector membership bodies NCVO and ACEVO, with support executive search firm Starfish Search.

Our statement in response to today’s (25 January 2022) Third Sector article relating to the investigations into complaints at NCVO, which completed in September 2021.

The voluntary sector will have to accept a level of constant uncertainty in 2022, but should still be optimistic about its ability to provide dignity, purpose and hope for society, says NCVO’s Road Ahead 2022.

The annual analysis of the operating environment and trends affecting the sector in the coming year says that charities can play a vital role in bridging divides in a society gripped by the so-called ‘culture wars’; should feel confident about speaking up on key issues; may need to upskill to play their part in achieving net zero; and will have opportunities to contribute to the ‘levelling up’ agenda.

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