Volunteering benefits all ages
But we need to talk about volunteering by older people
Whilst the research showed that volunteering can have a positive relationship to levels of wellbeing among older people, we believe that younger volunteers can benefit too. Involvement in volunteering – and the benefits experienced – can change throughout people’s lives, depending on their background and personal circumstances.
I do welcome the focus on older people volunteering in the research and Nick’s blog post. Following the findings of the commission on the voluntary sector and ageing last year, we cannot afford to ignore volunteering amongst the older age groups.
Celebrating youth social action
— MinForCivSoc (@minforcivsoc) August 12, 2016
In celebration of International Youth Day on 12 August, here is our good practice guidance on involving young people in social action, produced in collaboration with the #iwill campaign.
The key to good practice
We’ve launched a new online training course on good practice in volunteer management. Free for NCVO members, this four-part Studyzone course will introduce you to the key knowledge and skills that every volunteer manager needs.
Coming up in face-to-face training, book now for:
- Volunteering and the law, 29 September
- Assessing the impact of your volunteers, 21 November
- Understanding micro-volunteering, 22 November
Volunteering and social cohesion in a post-Brexit world
We’re holding the next National Volunteering Forum in Manchester next month to discuss the role that volunteering can play in supporting social cohesion after Brexit. Whilst the EU referendum highlighted some of the divisions within our society and communities, we want to explore how volunteering can help bring people together and bridge divisions.
The event is now fully booked but please join the waiting list if you are interested in attending.
Governance in the spotlight
On the blog, Rosalind Oakley from Association of Chairs asks whether good trustee chairs are born or made. Whilst many chairs bring extensive experience, she argues that nevertheless chairs need induction, training and support.
NCVO/BWB Trustee Conference
Join us on Monday 7 November for essential updates on governance regulation and to get practical tools and guidance in our range of expert-led workshops on topics including campaigning and impact. Book by Friday 9 September for your early bird discount.
Peer mentoring: Why in schools?
For more about mentoring and befriending:
- take a look at NCVO Mentoring & Befriending’s latest quarterly newsletter
- find out more about getting your project quality assured at a workshop on 27 September
In case you missed it
I’ve rounded up some of the latest opinion pieces and research about volunteering.
- With the Olympic Games in Rio 2016 kindling fond memories of London 2012, Justin Davis Smith blogs about ‘game makers to givers’ with some useful insights into volunteer motivation.
- A new guide to high impact volunteering in hospitals was published by Nesta, who has been working with 10 hospitals across the country – you might also be interested in their evaluation report.
- Spice Time Credits published their 2016 evaluation report, Positive Change in Challenging Times, which shows some impressive results to a new way of approaching voluntary action.
Assuring quality in volunteering
Is volunteering in the NHS rhetoric or ambition? This is the question posed by Chris Bridle following the NCVO and NHS England event on volunteering in the NHS in July. Read more about Chris’ reflections from the event – from Investing in Volunteers to commissioning and safeguarding.
We’d also like to say a big congratulations to the latest organisations to achieve the Investing in Volunteer quality mark!
— Healthwatch Wigan (@HWWigan) August 2, 2016
Congratulations to those who achieved VCQA in July and August 2016:
- Volunteer Centre Nottingham at NCVS
- Voluntary Action Elmbridge (VAE)
- Voluntary Action Mid Surrey
- Ellesmere Port and Neston Association of Voluntary and Community Organisations
- Chester Voluntary Action
- Community Voluntary Service Bedfordshire
- Volunteer Centre Slough
- Hammersmith & Fulham Volunteer Centre
- Volunteer Centre Camden