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Participation

  • Sir John Major's speech at the 18th annual Hinton lecture on 10 November 2015.

  • 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.

  • People in the UK remain willing to become involved in society but attracting people from more diverse backgrounds remains a challenge, says a new report from NCVO.

    The report, Getting Involved: How people make a difference (pdf, 3.4MB), gives an overview of the different ways and activities in which people participate in society, drawing together statistics from a variety of sources.

  • More organisations are creating and advertising ‘micro-volunteering’ opportunities, according to new research from NCVO published today.

    Demand for such volunteering opportunities, often tasks that can be completed online or on smartphones, is also likely to grow, the research concludes, as it provides a more accessible form of volunteering which is increasingly sought after. Growth will also be driven by technological development.

  • Organisations across the country are holding events to thank volunteers for their dedication and contribution. Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the millions of volunteers who give up their time in the service of others. Events are taking place across the UK from 1–12 June to mark Volunteers’ Week, which this year is running for an extra five days to coincide with the Patron’s Lunch on 12 June.

  • NCVO is urging as many charities as possible to submit evidence to a new Lords select committee on citizenship and civic engagement in order to highlight innovations and best practice in the area.

    The ad hoc committee, chaired by Lord Hodgson, is examining ways of building bridges within and between communities and supporting civic engagement. The committee says it is keen to ‘think about citizenship in a more vibrant, positive and integrated manner’.

  • Local councillors are being encouraged to get behind charities and volunteers in their areas by following the recommendations outlined in a new NCVO local elections briefing. 

    Aimed at prospective local representatives, ahead of the elections later this month, NCVO’s recommendations include:

    • Councils should split large public service contracts into smaller packages to allow a greater diversity of organisations to bid.
    • Councils should take advantage of new light-touch EU procurement rules to allow for more innovative approaches.
    • Councillors should push the social value agenda in their areas.

    Councillors should ask how their council is promoting volunteering – pushing for a clear volunteering strategy.

    You can read our full election briefing (PDF, 60KB) , and also read Justin’s blog post on the importance of partnerships between voluntary groups and local authorities.

    Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

  • 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.

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