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The National Council for Voluntary Organisations and PhotoVoice have announced the winners of their photography competition, with Alopecia UK and Light Inc. scooping the top prizes. The prizes were awarded at NCVO’s Annual Conference on 18 April, and were presented by the Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson MP.

Sir Stuart Etherington's State of the Sector address, delivered at the NCVO Annual Conference on Monday 18 April 2016.

Good morning, everyone.

I’d like to join Martyn in thanking you for coming to join us here today.

My colleagues at NCVO have worked hard to make sure that you get real value from today, and we very much hope that you will leave feeling equipped to face the challenges ahead.

Young people’s volunteering levels show sharp increase

The income of Britain’s biggest charities grew in 2013/14, while that of smaller and medium-sized charities’ decreased in real terms, new analysis shows, continuing a long-term trend.

Before the budget, NCVO and Charity Finance Group wrote a joint letter to David Gauke asking the government to retain the current 80% mandatory relief on business rates for charities. We have now received a welcome response which confirms the decision in the budget to maintain this important relief. We spent lots of time talking to Treasury officials about the impact a reduction in this relief would have, and we are pleased that they have recognised this, and the value of the voluntary sector.

With just under three months until the referendum, NCVO has published a short discussion paper looking at the implications of EU membership for charities.

Bringing volunteer members of the public into care homes can have a profound positive impact on residents' wellbeing, according to new analysis of a pilot project that linked care homes with local volunteer centres.

The three-year project, run by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) and funded by the Department of Health, piloted bringing volunteers into care homes in five separate clinical commissioning group areas.

NCVO has today announced that a number of projects will come to a close at the end of the financial year and that as a consequence it has undertaken a restructure of its departments.

cass logoCass Centre for Charity Effectiveness (Cass CCE) has appointed Justin Davis Smith as a new senior research fellow with a focus on volunteering research and teaching.

Justin Davis Smith joins from NCVO where he was executive director of volunteering and development for the past three years, following its merger with Volunteering England in 2013.

The Fundraising Preference Service working group has today published a paper setting out some of the key proposals developed by the working group and inviting comment on the questions that arise.

The document will be used to engage and structure discussions with key stakeholders over the following weeks, to ensure the final recommendations are properly informed by the views of charities of all sizes and other fundraising organisations.

10 February 2016

The Rt Hon David Cameron MP
The Prime Minister
10 Downing Street
London
SW1A 2AA

Dear Prime Minister

Anti-advocacy clauses

We are writing following the publication of Cabinet Office guidelines to prohibit organisations in receipt of grant funding from influencing government or parliament. The proposed guidance would prevent the use of funding to inform public policy and bans organisations also from discussing issues related to the work funded by the grant with government officials or parliamentarians.  

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