Volunteering round-up: June 2022

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

Vision for Volunteering – next steps

Following our in person launch of the Vision for Volunteering, we held an online launch on 10 May and explored the five themes in the Vision. Read about all the commitments made so far to a long-term plan for volunteering and make your own commitment too. We’re making plans for phase two which will begin in July.

Winners of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

Announcing the winners of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is customary during Volunteers’ Week. The award is made to UK volunteer groups and is equivalent in status to receiving a Masters of the British Empire (MBE). This year 244 groups received the award. Nominations are now open for 2023. The closing date is 15 September.

Time Well Spent: pandemic impact

In January 2019, we launched Time Well Spent, our research report focussed on the volunteer experience. Following the launch, we’ve published three offshoot reports focusing on employer supported volunteering (pdf), public services and diversity.

We’re now preparing the fourth and final report. This report examines the impact of the pandemic on the volunteering experience, exploring broader changes in volunteer operation, recruitment, and motivation while closely looking at the emotional impact of volunteering during the pandemic. The report findings will be released on 22 July on our website.

Age friendly inclusive volunteering

In April we held a workshop to design an outcomes framework on age friendly inclusive volunteering. Read more about the project, where we share what we heard from you and how you can play a role in this work, either through our advisory group or joining our free action learning set. We’re accepting expressions of interest up to 30 June.

Investing in volunteers achievers

Investing in Volunteers (IiV) is the UK quality standard for good practice in volunteer management. Congratulations to the 7 organisations in England who’ve achieved the award:

Find out about how the award can help you or register your interest to start your own Investing in Volunteers journey.

NCVO online training

Safeguarding essentials in charities

The next date for our online safeguarding essentials in charities course is 19 July, 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.

September course

  • Session 1: Monday 19
  • Session 2: Wednesday 21

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 7 September, 10.00-13.00.

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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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