We are committed to supporting, enabling and celebrating volunteering in all its diversity. We have support and resources for all aspects of volunteering.
Whether you are a potential volunteer, current volunteer, managing volunteers, looking for best practice or research. NCVO member organisations benefit from discounts on some of our resources. Not an NCVO member? Find out more about NCVO membership.
Knowhow Nonprofit is our main advice and support website and the ‘go to’ place for social learning in the voluntary sector. You'll find anything from expert advice and top tips to crowd-sourced how-to guides and online training courses on any area of voluntary sector management.
View volunteering resources on Knowhow Nonprofit.
Studyzone video training courses
Studyzone is our video training platform, and is free for NCVO members. Our practical, bite-sized videos are delivered by top trainers and consultants and cover all areas of voluntary sector management. Watch our course on volunteering straight from your desk
How-tos are practical, step-by-step guides written by our KnowHow community. Here are the current top five how-to guides on volunteering:
- How to find the five best places for volunteering work for women
- How to volunteer
- How to set up a microvolunteering project
- How to create a microvolunteering opportunity that's attractive to skilled/professional volunteers
- How to encourage people into microvolunteering
Investing in Volunteers
Investing in Volunteers (IiV) is the UK quality standard for good practice in volunteer management. If you would like to benchmark the quality of your volunteer management and involvement, find out the effectiveness of your work with volunteers and enhance your organisation's reputation, IiV is the ideal quality standard for you.
National Volunteering Forum
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.
Previous forums have discussed a variety of topics:
- Demonstrating the impact of volunteering, May 2016
- Employer supported volunteering, November 2015
- The post-2015 general election landscape, July 2015
- Role of volunteering in public services, March 2015
Looking for trustees or advertising trustee positions?
Our Trustee Bank offers a free service to all voluntary sector organisations interested in advertising and/or checking trustee vacancies.
Advertise your vacancies on CharityJob. With over 200,000 subscribers receiving their email job alerts, CharityJob is the UK's most popular site for charity jobs. NCVO members can advertise their volunteer roles for free.
Step on Board - a board level volunteering programme
Step on Board trains and helps your senior employees and emerging leaders to take up positions on the boards of charities and other organisations. It's an innovative volunteering programme which is a cost-effective and sustainable way of providing professional development. Employees will be given training, their skills then matched with an organisation, coaching while in post and finally an impact assessment will take place after the placement.
Association of Volunteer Managers (AVM) is an independent body that aims to support, represent and champion people who manage volunteers in England, regardless of field, discipline or sector. It has been set up by and for people who manage volunteers.
At NCVO we offer bespoke, specialist advice on campaigning, advocacy and influencing to voluntary and community organisations striving to make a difference.
What NCVO believes about volunteering and participation
NCVO works to positively influence the external environment on behalf of the voluntary sector. One of the ways in which we do this is through our policy and research work. We have developed a strong evidence base on voluntary sector issues and work with our members to influence government and other decision makers.
Want more from NCVO?
Take a look at the benefits our 10,500 member organisations already use to make a difference. Find out more about becoming an NCVO member.
- Volunteering Information Sheets: Health and safety for volunteers
- Volunteering Information Sheets: Visas and volunteering
- NCVO Members Quick Guide to Thanking Volunteers
- Volunteering Information Sheets: Avoiding creating employment contracts
- Volunteering Information Sheets: Data protection and volunteers
- Volunteering Information Sheets: Insurance for volunteers