Press releases

An NCVO joint project will become a stronger voice for charities in Europe following successful funding bids, it was announced today.

A snapshot poll of senior staff at NCVO members suggests many are planning to decrease their expenditure.

47% of those polled said their organisation planned to decrease its expenditure in the next 12 months, with 34% planning to increase it. 19% said they would make no change.

Commenting ahead of the Prime Minister’s speech on Europe, Sir Stuart Etherington, Chief Executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, said:

"This country’s membership of the European Union brings with it a vast range of benefits, as leaders in politics and business have rightly said. Above and beyond its free market, however, Europe speaks to a principle that we hold dear – coming together to address common problems.

Responding to the latest report from the Panel on the Independence of the Voluntary Sector , Deputy CEO of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, Ben Kernighan said:

"The report is a welcome contribution to the debate. It’s right that we keep a close eye on relationships between charities and the state.

A youth work and homelessness charity has become NCVO’s 10,000th member. Staff and a volunteer from The Foxton Centre in Preston were presented with their membership documents at a special event last night hosted by NCVO’s President, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, and Chair, Martyn Lewis.

Charity representative body the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has today launched the UK’s first not-for-profit public affairs consultancy service. Aimed at charities, the service will help organisations get a foothold in Westminster and Whitehall and help decision-makers better understand the needs of the people they support.

A new charity ‘super conference’ will replace its annual conference this summer, NCVO announced today.

Ben Kernighan, deputy chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, said:

"The government recognises the benefits that could come from involving charities in rehabilitation services. Specialist charities, many involving dedicated volunteers, can make all the difference to the lives of people leaving prison and help reduce reoffending.

The merger between NCVO and Volunteering England was finalised today, with the organisations set to formally come together on 1 January 2013.

A broad sector coalition working with local and national partners in the European Funding Network has joined forces to call on the government for a greater role for civil society in the next programme of EU funding.

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