Volunteering round-up: July 2016

No change in rates of volunteering in England

The latest results from the government’s Community Life Survey (2015/16) show that rates of volunteering remain similar to recent years.

Our Head of Research, Nick, has blogged on what these results show in more detail, but here’s the highlights:

  • 41% of people reported volunteering formally at least once a year
  • 27% of people reported volunteering formally at least once a month

Plus, the data shows that young people are the most active age group in terms of volunteering:

  • 32% of people aged between 16 and 25 reported volunteering regularly
  • 49% of young people reported volunteering at least once a year

To dive deeper into the latest volunteering trends, Gareth tells the story behind the data.

If you’re interested in volunteering research, book now for the 2016 Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research conference – the early bird rate expires on Friday 22 July.

New guidance: Volunteering and benefits

Did you know that you are allowed to volunteer if you are receiving state benefits, including universal credit?

Our new guidance is designed to help prospective volunteers know the rules and their rights.

Connecting communities after the EU referendum

The EU referendum revealed social tensions and divisions between communities. We believe volunteering can play a role in acting as a bridge between communities. In the current climate, a diverse, inclusive volunteering movement is more important than ever.

We are currently reviewing and updating our guidance on accepting volunteers from overseas, to give organisations and prospective volunteers accurate and up to date information. We aim to reduce barriers to volunteering and help give people the confidence to volunteer.

In the meantime, charities should be confident that:

At NCVO, we’ve been responding to and analysing the potential implications of the EU referendum:

National Volunteering Forum

On 15 September, we’ll be in Manchester discussing volunteering and social cohesion, after the EU referendum – please save the date.

Volunteers’ Week 2016: How was it for you?

I looked back over our Volunteers’ Week highlights in last month’s Volunteering Round-up, and now we would like to hear from you!

Please fill in our short survey and help us make Volunteers’ Week 2017 even better.

What will you celebrate in your local community?

The Big Lottery Fund are offering grants between £300 and £10,000 for groups to hold one off events or activities to bring people together and celebrate their local community. Celebrate England applications are being assessed on a first come, first served basis until all funds are awarded, so make sure you don’t miss the party.

What I’ve been reading this month

With new reports and research about volunteering being published, here’s what I would recommend reading:

Any other suggestions? Please share your recommendations in the comment section below.

Law, order and good governance

Volunteering and the law

Do you understand the legal implications of volunteering and the legal position of volunteers? Book onto our training for volunteer managers on 29 September to get to grips with volunteering and the law.

NCVO/BWB Trustee Conference 2016: Governance in the spotlight

Bookings are now open for our leading annual event for charity trustees. Join us on 7 November for essential updates on governance regulation; to explore what board leadership should look like in the current climate; and to get practical tools and guidance.

Congratulations achievers!

Congratulations to the 20 organisations that achieved VCQA in May 2016:

 

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Emily was NCVO’s trainee volunteering development policy officer. She is interested in policy around volunteering, particularly diversity in volunteering, employability, volunteering in public services, and employer supported volunteering.

3 Responses to Volunteering round-up: July 2016

  1. Anon Please says:

    Has anyone else lost East European volunteers since the referendum? We have lost two (out of two). It doesn’t matter what the Government says, if that is different to what individuals feel, and what they experience. Volunteering relies on goodwill, and we have work to do in seeking to recover it, but cannot control what happens in a wider society.

  2. Emily Graham says:

    Thanks for your comment, and I’m sorry to hear about your volunteers leaving. We would also be interested to know whether others have found the same thing? As you say, there is a difference between government policy and people’s experience in wider society.

  3. Sam says:

    Great round up with lots of interesting reads to read! Thanks Emily.