Volunteering round-up: June 2015

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:

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.

As always it’s great to hear your thoughts on this year’s Volunteers’ Week and your ideas for next year. You can email us or tweet us @NCVOvolunteers.

The next Volunteers Week will take place from 1-7 June 2016.

Congratulations achievers!

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.

Find out more about the awards.

Upcoming events

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.

Hot topics

Your one stop shop for volunteering data

The new edition of the NCVO Almanac can answer some of your key questions about volunteering including how many people volunteerwho volunteers and what they do.

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:

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.

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Kristen is NCVO’s Volunteer Management and Good Practice Manager. She’s interested in raising the profile of volunteer management as a profession, and the development of approaches which can help volunteering deliver for people, organisations and communities.

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