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Read papers from the Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research Conference

Tuesday, 23 September 2014 00:00

NCVO, VSSN and IVR hosted the annual Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research conference in Sheffield over 10-11 September 2014. Over two days, more than 120 people discussed the latest research in the sector, and what this means for policy and practice.


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

Find out more in our volunteering stats pages.


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


Have you used the Volunteering Impact Assessment Toolkit (VIAT)?

Sunday, 01 June 2014 00:00

We will be publishing a new edition of the VIAT this autumn. If you have used it we would love to hear from you.

Read more: Have you used the Volunteering Impact Assessment Toolkit (VIAT)?


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