Thank you for getting involved in the biggest Volunteers’ Week yet!
We hope you had as much fun as we did celebrating the contribution volunteers make across the country this Volunteers’ Week.
Here are some headline statistics from the week:
- 766 events posted on the Volunteers’ Week map
- Over 50,000 uses of #volunteersweek which trended throughout the week in the UK and at one stage was number eight worldwide!
- 22 guest blogs featured on the NCVO blog and on the Volunteers’ Week website. Thanks to all our guest authors and contributors!
It was great to see how you were celebrating. You can see some of the pictures shared during the week on our Pinterest board. At NCVO we held an #ivolunteer twitter party to celebrate what volunteering our staff do and talk about their experiences.
The next Volunteers Week will take place from 1-7 June 2016.
HRH The Princess Royal, as the Royal Patron of the Motor Neurone Disease Association, highlighted the importance of volunteering when she unveiled a plaque during Volunteers Week. The event was held to celebrate a new volunteering project run by the charity, who are an NCVO member, and The Princess unveiled the plaque to mark the Association being awarded with Investing in Volunteers.
Two Approved Provider Standard (APS) accredited projects were also awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
NCVO National Volunteering Forum- What does 2015 election mean for volunteering?
Book your place and join us to discuss the policy priorities and trends that are likely to shape the political landscape and what this means for volunteering on 14 July in Leeds.
Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research conference
Book your place at the biggest annual research conference for the sector on 8 and 9 September in Leeds. There will be more than 25 presentations on volunteering and participation and workshops on the latest research.
Volunteering in Care Homes Learn and Share events
This series of events will share the findings of the interim evaluation report and launch a new volunteer induction training course.
Click on the event near you to book a place.
Annual training seminar volunteer managers in the NHS
Find out more and book your place for the National Association of Volunteer Managers’ Annual seminar, 24 and 25 September in Birmingham.
Your one stop shop for volunteering data
For data at a glance visit our pinterest board for key infographics.
NCVO members can read our exclusive guide.
Couldn’t join us at Evolve this year? Get up to speed!
If you weren’t able to join us at Evolve this year you can now view the presentation from the workshop Are your volunteers worth it?
You also look back at the discussion on social media #Evolve2015
We want to hear about your organisation’s experience of Employer Supported Volunteering
Is volunteering accessible to everyone?
Read the guest blog by Naomi Harflett, a research manager for the National Development Team for Inclusion. The National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi) is also running a free webinar on Making youth social action inclusive.
Read all blogs on volunteering
Guidance and resources
NCVO has a range of resources to help you say thank you to your volunteers all year round:
- Members can download our Quick guide to thanking volunteers
- We also have guidance on how reward and recognition can help you retain your volunteers.
New to involving volunteers? Our new look KnowHow NonProfit site can help you get started.
Thank you for completing our survey on learning and development
We entered all respondents who gave us their email address into our prize draw to win £30 John Lewis vouchers. We are pleased to announce that Paula Walker who leads and supports volunteers for Fraserburgh Cats Protection is the winner! Congratulations Paula.
If you didn’t complete the survey and would like to be involved in some of our online discussion groups linked to this work then please email Jarina Choudhury.
Read Jarina’s blog to find out more about her work.