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Raise your voice: Help NCVO and ACEVO develop a manifesto

Share your experiences and views with decision makers ahead of the next general election.

The next general election is a maximum of 20 months away. Most people are predicting an autumn 2024 polling day. Organisations from different sectors are now trying to influence political parties’ priorities as they prepare for the big day.

We know that charities and volunteers are at the frontline of the challenges facing our country. However, the role we play in society and the economy is often not understood by political parties.

It’s essential we take the opportunity over the next year to ensure we’re at the heart of political decision making and are considered key partners for any new government.

What we’re doing

NCVO and ACEVO are working together to produce a manifesto for charities and volunteering. This manifesto will set out:

  • a vision for the society we want to see
  • the role charities can play in getting us there
  • what charities and volunteers need to make a difference.

We’ll use this manifesto to help us engage with parties across the political spectrum, including at party conferences this year. The manifesto will also be a resource that organisations can use to engage with politicians before and after the election.

We'll also be sharing practical support and guidance around campaigning. This will help give charities the confidence to get your voice heard while staying within the rules, and ensure you’re best equipped to represent your communities and causes.

Why we need your help

Charity leaders, staff and volunteers do incredible work across the country, but are facing significant challenges. These include spiralling operational costs, rising inequality, shrinking civic space, and barriers to participation.

We want this manifesto to represent the diversity of the voluntary sector. For it to be powerful, it needs to be based on the direct experiences of charities of all types and sizes.

Our manifesto will address the big questions that impact our sector and our society.

  • How can we ensure people are heard by decision makers?
  • How can we make sure everyone benefits from prosperity and access to opportunities?
  • How can we support people to help others and the causes they care about?
  • What needs to change so we can all live fulfilling lives which support our wellbeing?
  • How can we make lasting change to protect our climate?

These questions are just the start. We want to know what you think.

Get involved

We’re running in-person and online events in June and July to gather feedback about what we should include in our manifesto. We’ll use this feedback to draft a manifesto over the summer, which we’ll then consult on later this year.

Book your place at one of our upcoming events

Online (via Zoom)

  • 12 July
  • 11.00 until 13.00

Book your place

London (in-person)

  • 13 July
  • 10.30 until 13.45

Book your place

The events are for anyone who works or volunteers for a charity and wants to be involved in shaping our manifesto. You don’t need to know a lot about the political system to take part.

The events are also an opportunity to speak to Jane Ide (chief executive at ACEVO), Sarah Vibert (chief executive at NCVO) and staff from both organisations about your priorities.

If you’d like to give feedback on our manifesto or be kept informed on this work, please email or

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