Author Archives: Justin Davis Smith

About Justin Davis Smith

Justin was executive director of volunteering and development at NCVO and chief executive of Volunteering England. He is now a senior research fellow at City University Cass Business School’s Centre for Charity Effectiveness.

Bringing volunteering home?

Let’s use this year’s Volunteers’ Week to launch a bid for a city or town in the UK to become the European Capital of Volunteering. Continue reading

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Ageing and the voluntary sector – a wake up call

The final report of the Commission on the Voluntary Sector and Aging is an opportunity to think radically and differently, an it’s one that we should welcome Continue reading

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Making the case for volunteer internships

How responsible volunteer internships can be done right, and what to look out for. Includes new guidance from NCVO. Continue reading

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The Spice of Life

A look at the pros and cons of Time Credits and their place in the world of volunteering Continue reading

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Giving health service volunteers the recognition they deserve

It is timely to pay tribute to the people who contribute their time, skills and compassion to the NHS, and think about how their impact could be maximised. Continue reading

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Best of volunteering 2014

My favourite book, article, speech, statistic, and tweet on volunteering over the past 12 months Continue reading

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Volunteering for all

Diversity is good for organisations as well as being the right thing to do. But there is more to be done to make volunteering truly inclusive. Continue reading

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A social history of student volunteering

A new study of student volunteering reminds us that history does indeed repeat itself. Continue reading

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Is formal volunteering finished?

Volunteering needs to take the best of social action in terms of its immediacy and choice without abandoning the things it does well. Continue reading

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What are your top priorities in volunteering?

VSNW delegates wanted to talk about welfare reforms, how to support quality volunteering and the boundaries between paid work and volunteering. Continue reading

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