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Volunteering round-up: April 2023

NCVO’s new volunteering consultant Helen Tourle shares volunteering news and dates for your diary.

Introducing Helen Tourle

I’d like to say hello and introduce my first volunteering round-up!

I joined NCVO in January as volunteering consultant. I’ve worked in charity volunteering teams and programmes for nearly 10 years. I’m really looking forward to working with the huge diversity of organisations across the sector.

I’m working to deliver a range of consultancy and training services designed to support volunteering programmes.

You can follow me on Twitter and LinkedIn, or contact me at

Solutions for volunteer recruitment and retention

We know many of you are currently struggling to recruit and retain volunteers. We’re working to explore these challenges and understand how NCVO can influence government policy to create solutions.

Please email if you:

  • would like to share insights about any issues you’re experiencing
  • have views on what we should focus on
  • would like to get involved in our policy work.

We’re also developing training for volunteer managers in volunteer recruitment. If you have suggestions for topics or challenges you’d like to see covered in this training, or great ideas or methods to share, please email

Dates for your diary

Volunteero Summit

Join 250 volunteer management professionals on 27 April at the Nottingham Crowne Plaza for ideas on how you can shake up your volunteering programme and stand out from the rest. You’ll also get the opportunity to network and enjoy complimentary lunch and drinks.

You can use the access code ‘SUMMIT2023’ to claim up to two tickets for your organisation.*

View the agenda and book your tickets

Good practice in volunteer management

Our popular online good practice in volunteer management course takes place over two half days from 10.00–13.00. You need to attend both days as they’re two parts of one course.

Our April dates have sold out, but you can register for upcoming courses in May, June and July:

May course

  • Session 1: Wednesday 24 May (10.00 until 13.00)
  • Session 2: Friday 26 May (10.00 until 13.00)

June course

  • Session 1: Wednesday 14 June (10.00 until 13.00)
  • Session 2: Friday 16 June (10.00 until 13.00)

July course

  • Session 1: Monday 3 July (10.00 until 13.00)
  • Session 2: Thursday 6 July (10.00 until 13.00)

Book your place

Volunteers and the law

We’re offering online training on volunteers and the law. This course is for anyone who manages volunteers and is taking place next on 4 May.

Book your place

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Charity Governance

The Social Justice Collective, hosted by NCVO, have created a new training programme to help you understand, address and embed equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) into your governance practice.

This training will take place over three half days and you need to attend all sessions of the same course. Our next series starts on 26 April.

Book your place


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