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  • A nation at ease with itself? Sir John Major’s speech at the Hinton lecture

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

  • Charities and volunteering are at the heart of our shared society

    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.

  • Micro-volunteering on the rise – new research

    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.

  • National week of celebration to thank the UK’s volunteers

    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.

  • Put charities and volunteers at the heart of local elections

    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.

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