Author Archives: Will Downs

Will Downs

About Will Downs

Up until July 2018, Will supported NCVO’s policy work on volunteering development. His interests include the role of volunteering in public services and removing barriers to youth volunteering. He produced the monthly volunteering round-up blog and supported Volunteers’ Week.

Volunteering round-up: January 2018

This month, we recognise the volunteers who gave their time over Christmas and look at volunteer recruitment opportunities in the new year. We also highlight upcoming events and new resources for volunteer managers in 2018. Continue reading

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Volunteering round-up: December 2017

This month we look at what the new publication Getting Involved tells us about volunteering. Also new guidance on volunteering in migrant camps, #iwill week week, and more Continue reading

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Getting involved: Diversity among volunteers

Drawing on the research published in our participation report Getting Involved, we look at who volunteers and how to encourage more diversity in volunteering. Continue reading

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Full-time social action review: NCVO response

Last month, NCVO responded to the DCMS independent review into full-time social action. Continue reading

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Volunteering round-up: November 2017

This month, see what's on offer for volunteers during Trustees' Week. We also have news on the House of Lords civic engagement committee, #iwill Week, and more. Continue reading

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Volunteering round-up: October 2017

Full-time social action review, digital and volunteering, mental health and volunteering, training, events and more Continue reading

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Full-time Social Action Review: How charities can contribute

In 2016, the DCMS announced an independent review into full-time social action. We encourage volunteer-involving organisations to contribute evidence. Continue reading

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Volunteering round-up: September 2017

This month: guidance for NHS providers, recent NCVO conferences, Lord Ferrers Awards, Shopping for Good, Investing in Volunteers, training and events, and more Continue reading

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Volunteering round-up: August 2017

This month: citizenship and civic engagement, NCS and Scouts partnership, National Volunteering Forum, BBC community projects, training and events, and more Continue reading

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Volunteering round-up: July 2017

This month: the new minister for civil society announced, a new Lords committee, the Clinks State of the Sector report, training and events, and more Continue reading

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