Volunteering

We are committed to supporting, enabling and celebrating volunteering in all its diversity. We have support and resources for all aspects of volunteering.

We define volunteering as any activity that involves spending time, unpaid, doing something that aims to benefit the environment or someone (individuals or groups) other than, or in addition to, close relatives. Central to this definition is the fact that 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.

Volunteers

I want to volunteer

Volunteer Centres

Volunteer Centre Quality Accreditation

Volunteer Centres are our local delivery partners, providing assistance to individual volunteers and volunteer involving organisations.

Volunteer-involving organisations

Practical support

NCVO offers a range of resources on volunteering, including:

Practical support on volunteering

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.

View slides and tweets from our last event (30 November 2015)

You can view slideshows, tweets and reports from previous events at the links below:

'How to' guides

All volunteering 'how to' guides (KnowHowNonProfit)

Accreditation

Investing in Volunteers (IIV)

Benchmark the quality of your volunteer management and involvement

Investing in Volunteers

Volunteer Centre Quality Accreditation (VCQA)

Strengthen your organisation, provide a better service for your users and increase funding.

Volunteer Centre Quality Accreditation

Projects

Policy

What we believe about volunteering

Research

What the research tells us about volunteering

Employers

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