We are committed to supporting, enabling and celebrating volunteering in all its diversity. We have support and resources for all aspects of volunteering.
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.
For volunteering to be effective, it needs to be supported. Volunteer Centres are our local delivery partners, providing assistance to individual volunteers and volunteer involving organisations.
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.
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NCVO doesn’t broker or place volunteers in charities directly but we have a selction 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.
- Volunteer Centre Quality Accreditation (VCQA)
NCVO offers a range of resources on volunteering, including:
- information sheets
- video training on Studyzone
- volunteering 'how to' guides (NCVO Knowhow Nonprofit)
National Volunteering Forum
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 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
Benchmark the quality of your volunteer management and involvement
Strengthen your organisation, provide a better service for your users and increase funding.
- IiVE is the UK award recognising commitment to best practice in employer supported volunteering
- Step on Board trains and helps your senior employees and emerging leaders to take up positions on the boards of charities and other organisations, while benefiting both your organisation and community
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 - statistics on volunteering
- The Institute of Volunteering Research evidence bank
- Volunteering case studies (NCVO Knowhow Nonprofit)
- Good Practice in Volunteer Management
- What does good volunteer management look like and how do you put this into practice? Good practice in volunteer management is key to unlocking the potential of volunteering in your organisation. Based ...
- 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 ...