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Volunteering round-up: December 2023

Senior volunteering consultant, Helen Tourle, shares the latest volunteering news, resources and dates for your diary.

Volunteer Leader of the Year 2023

Congratulations to Sam Clift, volunteer resource manager at the London Transport Museum. Sam was named Heritage Volunteering Group’s Volunteer Leader of The Year 2023.

The award recognises innovative and outstanding volunteer leadership in the heritage sector. It celebrates excellence across three key themes: innovation, collaboration and passion.

This year there were nine shortlisted volunteer leaders. Nominees represented organisations ranging from small heritage sites responsible for four volunteers, to national organisations with over 1,000 volunteers.

The judging panel was made up of Heritage Volunteering Group (HVG) board and advisory group members and previous winners.

HVG also recognised two highly commended volunteer leaders: Alex Fitzpatrick from National Science and Media Museum Scotland and Paul Philburn from Worsbrough Mill, Barnsley Museums.

RVS Volunteer Responders: Share your feedback

Royal Voluntary Service (RVS) is seeking feedback to help inform new developments to the NHS and Care Volunteer Responders (NHSCVR) programme.

The programme has existed since March 2020. It now has over 35,000 volunteers ready to support health and care teams.

The planned developments are designed to maximise the benefit for local health and care systems. They include:

  • reviewing volunteer activities to ensure they match identified needs in local services
  • offering free access to the GoodSAM platform to run existing local volunteering schemes
  • offering free access to the NHSCVR volunteer pool to boost capacity in local schemes.

To find out more and share your feedback, contact

Local groups active in health and social care provision and faith-led organisations are particularly encouraged to get in touch.

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