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Free seminar – what’s the link between volunteering and paid work?

Monday, 11 August 2014 10:07

IVR, the ESRC and Northumbria University will be holding a free seminar to explore what the connection between volunteering and paid work looks like, and what it means for organisations involving and supporting volunteers, and for volunteers themselves.

The event is free to attend and lunch will be provided, but advanced booking is required. It will take place on Tuesday 14 October in London, at NCVO’s conference suite at Society Building, just north of King’s Cross station.

Find out more


NCVO reminds charities of the importance of historical archives

Friday, 01 August 2014 15:12

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) is calling for charities to protect their historical records, as part of a new project to archive charity sector documents.

The five-year scheme, funded by the British Academy, will reach across the UK and seeks to digitally preserve key voluntary sector records, particularly those dating back to the creation of the modern welfare state in 1945. It aims to ensure that records relating to welfare reform, which transformed the relationship between charities and the state, are not lost.

Read more on the NCVO website


Community Life survey figures for 2013-14 show declining rates of volunteering

Tuesday, 22 July 2014 15:31

Today saw the release of the latest figures from the Community Life survey, for 2013-14. During this time:

  • 41 per cent of people questioned reported volunteering formally (ie through a group, club or organisation) at least once in the previous year
  • 27 per cent said they took part at least once a month (‘regular volunteers’).

These proportions have decreased from last year’s Community Life survey results (for the period August 2012 to April 2013); which were 44% and 29% respectively.

But not all changes in figures are statistically significant – sometimes the changes can be small, which may mean that we cannot say with confidence that it is an actual, statistical change, rather than possible error. 

Read the full post by Nick Ockenden on the NCVO blog


Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research Conference

Monday, 21 July 2014 11:39

This is the primary UK conference for the voluntary sector and volunteering research community.

The conference brings together academics, practitioners and policy makers with a shared interest in the voluntary sector and volunteering. In 2014, NCVO, VSSN and IVR will again be working in partnership to organise the event. This year we are delighted to welcome Julia Unwin, chief executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, as our keynote speaker.

Date: 10-11 September 2014
Location: Sheffield Hallam University, UK

Find out more, including how to book.


Evaluation of Big Local – assessing the early years

Sunday, 01 June 2014 00:00

Big Local provides an opportunity for residents in 150 areas around England to use at least £1m to make a positive difference to their communities.

Read more: Evaluation of Big Local – assessing the early years


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