Volunteering

We are committed to supporting, enabling and celebrating volunteering in all its diversity. We have support and resources for all aspects of volunteering,

Our resources

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

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-to guides

How-tos are practical, step-by-step guides written by our KnowHow community. Here are the current top five how-to guides on volunteering:

Consultancy support on volunteering

At NCVO we offer bespoke, specialist advice on campaigning, advocacy and influencing to voluntary and community organisations striving to make a difference.

I want to volunteer

Volunteering can make a real difference to your own life and the lives of those around you. We want to ensure that anyone thinking about giving their time can find a volunteering opportunity which is right for them.

Find a volunteering opportunity

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.

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.

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.

Trusted partners

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.

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.

Read what NCVO believes about volunteering and participation.

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.

View slides and tweets from our last event (7 November 2014)

View slides and read reports from 1 July 2014

 

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