Author Archives: Nick Ockenden

Nick Ockenden

About Nick Ockenden

Nick is the head of research at NCVO. As part of this he leads the work of the Institute for Volunteering Research, where he has worked since 2005.

Reading between the numbers – what a new analysis of volunteer behaviour could mean for charities

A look at the latest ONS research on volunteering data and what it tells us about changes in volunteering behaviour. Continue reading

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The critical role of volunteers within parks

The value of parks, the struggles they face and how volunteers are helping Continue reading

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Ten things I didn’t know this time last year

Interesting research relating to the voluntary sector from the past year Continue reading

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Five questions we should be asking about volunteering in 2017

It's customary to make predictions for the next year, but 2016 has shown how tricky they can be. Instead here are questions you should be asking. Continue reading

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Youth social action and inequality

A look at the latest research published by Step Up To Serve into social action by 10–20 year olds, and what it might mean for anyone working with young people. Continue reading

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Let’s not forget that volunteering benefits all ages

A look at new research which finds a relationship between volunteering and wellbeing, but only for people aged 40 and above. Continue reading

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Community Life Survey results show no change in volunteering

A round-up of today's results from the Government's Community Life Survey, showing the latest data on volunteering. Continue reading

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Sharp increase in young people’s volunteering

This year's Almanac uncovers a big increase in young people's volunteering. What's behind it? Continue reading

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The future of libraries and volunteering

The recent increase in volunteering in libraries needs to draw on good practice if it's to be sustainable. Continue reading

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10 things I’ve learnt about the voluntary sector and volunteering in 2015

What research has told us about trustees, employer supported volunteering, public trust and more Continue reading

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