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  • 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.

  • The Challenge describes itself as “the UK’s leading charity for building a more integrated society”. They create and deliver programmes bringing people together including NCS (National Citizens Service), HeadStart (keeping NCS graduates aged 16-19 involved with volunteering) and HeadStart Action (for young people 14-18 who are at risk of becoming NEET).

  • Defending the rights of voluntary organisations to campaign and safeguarding public trust and confidence in charities are among the priorities outlined in NCVO’s new strategic plan, launched today.

    The five-year strategy follows a consultation with NCVO members last year, and will take NCVO to its centenary year, 2019.

  • Leonard Cheshire Disability runs a programme called Can Do to get young disabled people and those with long term health conditions actively involved in their communities, gaining work experience at local organisations and volunteering at charities and projects.

  • 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.

  • Commenting on the Conservative Party manifesto, Ruth Driscoll, head of policy and public services at NCVO, said:

    'It is positive that the manifesto reflects a continuing commitment to the principles of voluntarism and putting power in the hands of communities. Nevertheless, under the past government this desire has been hampered by public spending settlements which have been very challenging for many charities.

  • Commenting on David Cameron’s announcement, Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of NCVO, said:

    'This is an exciting proposal which would be good news for charities and for businesses.

    'Many charities urgently need more volunteers to support their work, while volunteering is an excellent way for employees to develop skills and confidence that will benefit their employers.

    'Anything that helps encourage our culture of volunteering is very welcome. We look forward to seeing the detail of the proposal.'

    Volunteering and employers – quick facts

    • An estimated 15 million people in the UK volunteer at least once a month (1).
    • In the last survey to examine the topic, 'work commitments' were the main reason given by people for not volunteering. (2)
    • Employer-supported volunteering, schemes where employers arrange volunteering opportunities for staff, have grown substantially in popularity in recent years. Employers benefit from staff developing skills and experience, and staff whose job satisfaction and connection with their communities increases. Around 1 in 12 employees took part in such a scheme in 2013/14, compared to fewer than 1 in 20 in 2008/9. (3)

    Read our analysis on volunteering and public policy: the big topics - the NHS, unemployment, localism, and austerity - where volunteers make a difference

    NCVO champions the voluntary sector and volunteering. We connect, represent and support voluntary organisations.

  • 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.

  • Voluntary Action Sheffield runs The New Beginnings Project which supports asylum seekers and refugees to integrate into Sheffield life, through volunteering, employment, education and mentoring. 

     

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

  • Maternity Mates  recruit, train and match-up volunteer Maternity Mates with pregnant women in need of extra support in East London (Tower Hamlets, Newham and Waltham Forest). The volunteers offer practical and emotional support to disadvantaged pregnant women, any time from the 5th month of pregnancy, through childbirth and up until the early weeks of motherhood.  

  • Volunteering England chief executive, Justin Davis Smith, will lead NCVO’s new volunteering directorate under the organisation's merger proposals, NCVO announced today.

  • 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.

  • The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), which represents charities and volunteering, has welcomed the government's announcement that the National Citizen Service (NCS) will be given a royal charter along with measures to enhance its accountability. NCS has provided positive experiences for many young people and helped them develop important skills.

    However, NCVO said that NCS could still do more to work with local charities to ensure it reaches its potential as a starting point for life-long volunteering.

  • A national programme enables Volunteer Centre Camden (VCC) to try out an innovative way of supporting resource strapped volunteer involving organisations and at the same time, helps increase the employability of individual 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.

  • Volunteering England and the National Council for Voluntary Organisations are commencing formal discussions with a view to merging.

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

  • Martyn Lewis, NCVO’s chair of trustees, has been awarded a knighthood for services to the voluntary sector, particularly the hospice movement, in the 2016 new year's honours.

  • Justin Davis Smith, executive director of volunteering and development, said:

    'Volunteering has the potential to transform people's employment prospects – but clearly it must be freely entered into. NCVO sought and received assurances from DWP last year that mandated Community Work Placements, and any other sanctions-backed placements, will not be conflated with volunteering. Nevertheless, we have suggested that charities consider carefully whether to be involved.

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