Coronavirus: Advice for your organisation 


Volunteering and coronavirus: How you can help

NCVO Member Benefit

    • NCVO’s Road Ahead advises charities to prepare for another financially challenging year
    • A combination of Brexit uncertainty, tight government budgets and a slow economy will continue to add pressure on beneficiaries and front-line services
    • NCVO’s annual PEST analysis of drivers for the sector provides food-for-thought for charities preparing for 2019  

    The ongoing negotiations on a withdrawal deal will continue to create an uncertain economic environment, making accurately forecasting the UK economy difficult, the 2019 edition of NCVO’s future-gazing report series, Road Ahead, predicts. It highlights growth predictions from the Office for Budget Responsibility of just 1.6% for this year, significantly lower than many of our European counterparts.

  • Making a difference

    The annual competition is a chance to celebrate the work of the voluntary sector, and this year entries had to capture organisations making a difference.

    The competition received over 80 entries depicting the difference charities make across a wide range of subjects and organisations, and you can see the best images in the shortlist gallery below.

    Photographs were entered in two categories: the open category for staff members and volunteers, and professional category for professional photographers.

    The winners

    Winner of the open category: Belly up tennis! By Sophie Grant and Maria Ellis for Tennis2Be

    Open category winner Belly up tennis By Sophie Grant for Tennis2Be

    This is a picture of work carried out with hard to reach young girls within the Bengali community. Tennis2Be is a UK based tennis and education charity making tennis an inclusive and accessible sport. We’re deeply committed to ensuring tennis is enjoyed by a broad spectrum of participants. Through interaction with local communities, grassroots groups and local partners, we emphasise the positive points of involvement from the perspective of wellbeing and social engagement.

    Winner of the professional category: Making a difference by Andrew Aitchison for VSO

    Professional category winner Making a Difference by Andrew Aitchison for VSO

    Making a difference to the lives of newborn babies in Tanzania.

    VSO volunteer, Dr Siobhan Neville, a specialist paediatrician, runs a training session with Tanzanian nurses, Vincent Felix and Christopher Charlie, about newborn assessments in St Walburg’s Hospital, Nyangao. Lindi Region, Tanzania.

    The runners-up

    Runner-up in the open category: It’s hard to say goodbye by Julie Lankshear for Caring Canines

    Open category runner up Its hard to say goodbye by Julie Lankshear for Caring Canines

    This is Caring Canine Freddie with his student - who was finding it hard to say goodbye after a term of working together.

    Caring Canines is a dog assisted therapy group whose programme, Be Bookwise, supports children struggling with literacy, lack of confidence and self esteem.


    Runner-up in the professional category: Supporting young people to go above and beyond by Francis Augusto for London Youth

    Professional category runner upSupporting young people to go above and beyond by Francis August for London Youth

    Taken at one of London Youth’s members, Queen’s Crescent Community Centre. It shows how through the teaching and support from a trusted adult, young people can go above and beyond the norm.

    Gallery of shortlisted entries in the competition

    The judges

    After shortlisting by NCVO, the winners were decided by a panel of expert judges:

    • Peter Kellner, chair of NCVO
    • Daniel Regan, award winning photographer and winner of the competition in 2016
    • Giselle Green, media coordinator, Constructive Voices

    The partner

    This competition was kindly sponsored by Pureprint, an award winning print and marketing solutions provider with a unique and long-established environmental ethos. The shortlisted images were exhibited at NCVO’s Annual Conference, where prizes were awarded by the Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson MP.

    The winners and runners-up won prizes including tickets to the NCVO Annual Conference, Samsung tablets and £500 in vouchers to have their work professionally printed by Pureprint.

  • The National Council for Voluntary Organisations, the representative body for charities, and the Foundation for Social Improvement, a leading source of training for smaller charities, today announced the creation of a strategic partnership to promote each other’s training and support.

  • We’re delighted to be able to offer you access to the services of Utility Aid, the UK’s largest Energy Broker who specialise in sourcing energy for the UK’s voluntary sector. As well as helping to secure new contracts at the lowest possible cost,they also provide a service to help you uncover overcharges through invoice validation. Through this service, they have recovered over £2m for their clients in the last four years alone.

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