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Did you know the Office for National Statistics says in less than 20 years one in four people will be aged over 65 years? What will this mean for volunteering in this age group? In 2020-21, people aged 65-74 were the most likely age group to formally volunteer. But only just. And effects of the pandemic has narrowed this compared to other age groups.
What can we do to encourage not just pre-pandemic volunteering levels but address the real barriers to volunteering? The barriers that exist for people across all ages, in particular those middle years of 50+, before we get there.
We recently held a workshop with volunteering leads to develop an outcomes framework for age friendly inclusive volunteering. We wanted to collaborate on the development of the framework, to make sure it is valid and rooted in the everyday context for volunteers and volunteering organisations. Our learning was focused on identifying the key barriers and enablers for people aged 50+ and what prevents them from engaging in volunteering opportunities. The outcomes in the framework centre around three fundamental areas:
The framework will be used to shape the project and as a basis for our monitoring, evaluation and learning approach.
Thanks to a grant from the Centre for Ageing Better, we’re excited to be working on age friendly inclusive volunteering. We’re offering up to ten organisations a place to join an action learning set. We’ll meet once a month over a six-month period, from July 2022 to January 2023. The purpose of this group will be:
We’re keen this group develops and embeds age friendly inclusive volunteering principles and practice that have been tested and documented in pilots funded by the Centre for Ageing Better. We ask that learning and progress from this group is generously shared with the sector.
There’s also an option to join an advisory group. The role of the group will be:
Meetings will be no more than 90 minutes in length and will be held in July 2022 and January 2023. There will be some email communication between meetings as well. The advisory group will also have a role in approving the list of organisations recommended a place on the action learning sets.
To pre-register for an action learning set, sign up here. Closing date is 10 August. We look forward to hearing from you and working together on this exciting project.
With just two months to go until Volunteers’ Week 2022, taking place 1-7 June, the organisers have shared the news that the theme for this year’s week-long celebration is ‘A time to say thanks’.