Press releases

A new brand for NCVO’s quality mark for excellence in governance and operations will help charities demonstrate their high standards, NCVO said today.

The experiences of people who give their time through employer-organised or employer-supported activities, known as employer-supporter volunteering (ESV), are positive but lag behind those who arrange their own volunteering, a new report from NCVO finds.

The research shows that 39% of ESV volunteers reported being 'very satisfied' against 56% of non-ESV volunteers. It suggests that focusing on the quality of the experience of workplace volunteers tends to be less of a priority for the organisations involved than it would be for other forms of volunteering.

The charity sector’s most popular digital benchmarking tool, the digital maturity matrix, has undergone a major overhaul, adding new sections on security and data protection and on using user research to design better content and services.

Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by other Members of The Royal Family, yesterday gave a reception for charities and volunteers in order to celebrate the achievements of voluntary action over the last century, and highlight the contribution of volunteering to millions of lives in the United Kingdom and throughout the world.

The scale of volunteering in today’s society is remarkable, with one in five people across the UK volunteering on a regular basis, and more than half of the population giving their time in some way at least once a year.

The reception brought together hundreds of members of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO). Among them, volunteers of all ages involved in a wide range of social, economic and environmental causes, carrying out tasks from mentoring and befriending, to restoration or gardening, and even life-saving work.

Unprecedented level of expertise as 13 national umbrella bodies and organisations join forces to help facilitate safeguarding improvement

A comprehensive suite of free safeguarding tools and advice will soon be available to the voluntary sector following the award of £570,000 by the National Lottery Community Fund to the Safer Social Sector Partnership.

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This space we’re sitting in was a working brewery. Imagine the noise and the sights and the smells of thousands of gallons of beer being brewed in here. It would have been a rough, noisy environment.

A major new project aims to rebalance the relationship between large and small voluntary organisations in public services. 

Collaborative work between NCVO, ACEVO and Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales, will explore how voluntary organisations of different sizes can work better together in bidding for and delivering public services. 

Stuart Etherington is to step down as chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, the charity representative body announced today. Sir Stuart will retire later this year after 25 years in the role.

Recruitment for Sir Stuart’s successor has begun, with an open application process launching today.

Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of NCVO, has written to the prime minister regarding engaging with civil society on Britain's departure from the European Union, following the statement she made to the house of commons on Monday 21 January regarding the withdrawal agreement. In the letter he says civil society has a lot to offer in shaping the kind of country Britain will become. 

New research unveils the positive effect of volunteering on feelings of isolation in young people.

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