Volunteering round-up: May 2022

Welcome to the May volunteering round-up, with the latest sector updates and training opportunities.

Vision for Volunteering launched

Over 80 organisations and thousands of visitors came together earlier this month at Volunteer Expo Live in Birmingham. We were thrilled to launch the Vision for Volunteering at the expo! We also held an online launch on 10 May and explored the five themes in the Vision. We invite you to read about all the partner commitments to a long-term plan for volunteering and make your own commitment too. Meanwhile, we’re making plans for phase two.

Volunteer Expo Live

Thank you to everyone who came to the NEC Birmingham for the UK’s national volunteering show. We hope you enjoyed the inspirational talks, learning workshops and lent a hand to pack over 735 emergency food boxes which have been delivered to Ukrainian refugees. You can express an interest in getting involved with Volunteer Expo in the future.

Volunteers’ Week: 1–7 June

Just around the corner is this year’s Volunteers’ Week, a time to say thanks and enjoy the UK wide celebrations! Follow @NCVOVolunteers and use #VolunteersWeek to make the thank you trend worldwide!

Age friendly inclusive volunteering

Last month we held a workshop to design an outcomes framework on age friendly inclusive volunteering. We’re grateful to everyone who came along to help us think through the barriers and challenges to volunteering for people aged 50+. Read more about the project, including what we heard from you and find out how you can support this work, either through our advisory group or joining our free action learning set. Closing date for expressions of interest is 22 June.

Engaging and supporting young people to volunteer: NCVO Workshop

According to NCVO’s members, during the height of the pandemic young people under 18 were actively engaged in volunteer roles. However, these suitable and meaningful opportunities are now increasingly difficult to find.

Sign up to our free online workshop to explore ways in which you can design age-appropriate volunteer roles for young people aged 13-17 years old.

European Volunteering Capital 2024

NCVO is a member of the Centre for European Volunteering (CEV). CEV is inviting cities and towns to apply to win the title of European Capital of Volunteering 2024. CEV has produced a communications toolkit to help bring volunteering organisations and local authorities together to apply.

To find out what being a European volunteering capital can do for you:

Nominations close on 3 June and the winner will be announced on International Volunteer Day on 5 December. If you’d like to know more about the competition, email Gabriella Civico, director of CEV, at gabriella.civico@cev.be.

Spirit of 2012 inquiry into the power of events and webinar

Spirit of 2012 is a legacy funder, founded to sustain and recreate the spirit of pride, positivity and social connectedness that people experienced during the London 2012 Games.

To mark 10 years on from that summer of fun, Spirit of 2012 is holding an inquiry into the power of events. Can events help to build happy, thriving and more connected communities? How can we maximise the social and economic impact of events?
Take part in their open call for evidence and tell them what you think before the inquiry closes at 6pm on 30 June 2022.

Investing in volunteers

Investing in Volunteers (IiV) is a UK quality standard that helps you improve how you manage your volunteers. It’s an externally verified award, awarded by the UK Volunteering Forum, and covers 6 quality areas for improving volunteers’ experience with you. With the imminent launch of the Vision for Volunteering, there’s never been a better time to start your IiV journey. Register your interest and get a quote so you can join a community of IiV achiever organisations.

NCVO online training

Safeguarding essentials in charities

The next date for our online safeguarding essentials in charities course is 22 June, 10.00–15.00.

Good practice in volunteer management

Our popular online good practice in volunteer management course takes place over two half days from 10.00–13.00. You need to attend both days as they’re two parts of one course.

July course

  • Session 1: Monday 11
  • Session 2: Wednesday 13

August course

  • Session 1: Tuesday 2
  • Session 2: Thursday 4

Volunteers and the law

We’ve refreshed our online training course on volunteers and the law to address issues emerging from the pandemic. We’re offering this on 14 June, 14.00-17.00.

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Jarina is our volunteering development consultancy officer. Jarina develops consultancy and training services with the aim of improving volunteering practice across the public, private and voluntary sectors.

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