We are committed to supporting, enabling and celebrating volunteering in all its diversity. Volunteering is someone spending time, unpaid, doing something that aims to benefit the environment or someone who they're not closely related to. Volunteering must be a choice freely made by each individual.
NCVO doesn’t broker or place volunteers in charities directly but we have a selection of resources to help you find a suitable opportunity.
Volunteer Centres are our local delivery partners, providing assistance to individual volunteers and volunteer involving organisations.
Our publications include the best-selling Volunteering Impact Assessment Toolkit. We also have some free volunteering downloads for NCVO members, on topics including DBS, health and safety, and expenses.
We also run bespoke consultancy on a variety of volunteering themes. Find out more about our consultancy and how to get in touch.
Volunteers' Week is an annual event, coordinated by NCVO, which takes place on 1-7 June, recognising and celebrating the contribution made by volunteers nationwide.
Our National Volunteering Forum brings together volunteer-involving organisations and volunteer infrastructure bodies from around England to discuss issues of shared concern, feed into NCVO’s policy positions and to network. We run three events every year, including at least one outside of London.
Previous forums have discussed a variety of topics:
- Volunteering in the public sector - what can charities learn? February 2017
- Volunteering and social cohesion in a post Brexit world, September 2016
- Demonstrating the impact of volunteering, May 2016
- Employer supported volunteering, November 2015
- The post-2015 general election landscape, July 2015
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Step on Board
Step on Board trains and helps your senior employees and emerging leaders to take up positions on the boards of charities and other organisations. It's an innovative volunteering programme which is a cost-effective and sustainable way of providing professional development. Employees will be given training, their skills then matched with an organisation, coaching while in post and finally an impact assessment will take place after the placement.
NCVO works to positively influence the external environment on behalf of the voluntary sector. One of the ways in which we do this is through our policy and research work. We have developed a strong evidence base on voluntary sector issues and work with our members to influence government and other decision makers.
- NCVO UK Civil Society Almanac provides statistics on volunteering and the voluntary sector.
- The Institute of Volunteering Research evidence bank
- Read more about NCVO's policy work around volunteering.
Latest press releases
- 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.
- National Citizen Service should work more closely with local charities, says NCVO
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.