Volunteering round-up: October 2020

Give yourself five minutes to catch up on the latest volunteering news and what’s coming up. We have updated our Covid volunteering guidance to reflect the recent introduction of risk alerts.

Covid-19 Voluntary Sector Impact Barometer

We published the first results from our Voluntary Sector Impact Barometer. Developed in partnership with Nottingham Trent University, Sheffield Hallam University and funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, the barometer includes questions on finance, workforce and volunteering. You can read the full report and view the dashboard for more information. Thank you to all who took part in phase one.

The next edition of the survey is open for responses until 9 November. If you can spare the time to share what is happening to your organisation, it will help us build up a picture of what is happening on the ground and continue to make the case for more support.

Helping out: taking an inclusive approach to engaging older volunteers

The Centre for Ageing Better has published a guide to enable voluntary organisations mobilise a more diverse range of people aged 50+. The research draws on what has been learned during the pandemic and presents five ways to diversify your volunteer base.

Volunteer wellbeing: what works and who benefits?

The What Works Centre for Wellbeing have published a rapid evidence review exploring the relationship between volunteering and subjective wellbeing. This review covered over 17,000 published reports and included evidence from 158 studies evidence from the UK and internationally.

NHS Volunteer Responder: webinars

The second round of recruitment is well underway for NHS Volunteer Responders, partnership between Royal Voluntary Service, Good Sam app and NHS England/Improvement. These webinars will familiarise you with the programme and how it is adapting to meet the needs of those who require support due to Covid. This is a great place to ask questions, especially if you wish to refer volunteers or want to know how work in partnership with the service. All webinars will be held on Microsoft Teams.

Trustees Week, 2-6 November

Not all volunteers are trustees, but all trustees are volunteers. And behind the scenes and away from any limelight, trustees are having to make some extremely difficult decisions due to Coronavirus. To help, we have prepared online resources and activities. Find out more in our governance blog here.

International Volunteer Managers’ Day, 5 November

Celebrate the inspirational work of volunteer managers around the world on #IVMDay20. The theme this year is ‘What’s Next?’. Find out more here.


Taking place 16-20 November, follow #iWillWeek2020 for a hive of activity championing young people as leaders. Sign up for the Power of Youth festival here.

National Volunteering Forum, 8 December, 09.30-13.00

Following the success of our first joint National Volunteering Forum with the Association of Volunteer Managers in June, we’re holding our next one with AVM again on 8 December. We’ll be discussing how we can foster and maintain positive relationships between volunteers and paid staff. Find out more and register here.

NCVO Training

Our one-day online training courses start at 10.00 and end at 15.00.

Safeguarding Essentials in Charities: 18 November and 8 December 2020

Good Practice in Volunteer Management: 16 December 2020


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