Volunteering round-up: June 2016

Volunteers’ Week: The big celebration!

Thank you for getting involved in Volunteers’ Week 2016 – what a big celebration it was!

We got Volunteers’ Week off to a flying start on 1 June, and with your help #VolunteersWeek was trending second worldwide on Twitter. Of course, that was only the beginning – with 924 events on the Volunteers’ Week map, celebrations continued for all 12 days across the country.

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We loved hearing your volunteering stories on Twitter with #ivolunteer, and during the week NCVO staff shared some of our own:

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We’ve saved some of our favourites pictures and images on our Pinterest board, so go have a browse and re-live some of the celebrations.

Catch-up with the celebrations

Why not catch-up with our online celebrations for Volunteer’s Week.

On the NCVO blog, we’ve been championing volunteering:

Telling volunteers’ stories on the Volunteers’ Week blog:

Sharing good practice with how-to guides and case studies on NCVO Knowhow Nonprofit:

Volunteers aren’t just for Volunteers’ Week…

As Dudley CVS points out, volunteering doesn’t end with Volunteers’ Week and neither should celebrating our volunteers. You can access our guidance on thanking volunteers and retaining volunteers all year around.

Plus, the BBC’s Do Something Great series continues, with an interactive quiz designed to entice new volunteers and celebrity support for volunteering from the Hairy Bikers, DIY SOS and Countryfile. You can see what’s going on and get involved on Twitter with #DoSomethingGreat.

Celebrating at The Patron’s Lunch

The end of Volunteers’ Week coincided with the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations on Sunday 12 June. At the Patron’s Lunch on The Mall, charity staff, volunteers and guests celebrated The Queen’s patronage of over 600 charities and organisations on the occasion of her 90th birthday. The event on the Mall was a real success, with a little rain not dampening this celebration of Britain’s long history of voluntary action.



At the heart of good practice

Thousands of people manage and oversee the activities of volunteers every day, from established volunteering programmes to one-off volunteering events, so what is at the heart of good practice in volunteer management? On the blog, Jarina suggests five things to consider when managing volunteers.

You can book now for our training designed specifically for volunteer managers:

Members’ assembly

NCVO members can book now for the next meeting of the assembly on Wednesday 22 June in Bristol. Join us for an interactive policy discussion about challenges and opportunities for the voluntary sector over this parliament led by Charlotte Ravenscroft, head of policy and public services at NCVO. We will also be showcasing work by local organisations and there will be opportunities to network over a free lunch. We hope to see you there.


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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.

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