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Volunteering Bulletin

July/August 2014

Welcome to our monthly e-bulletin for the England Volunteering Development Council (East Midlands) on regional and national news and policy developments for volunteering. If you have any comments, please get in touch by emailing


The political and social landscape for volunteering

Charities that want to recruit volunteers should respond to enquiries about volunteering within 24 hours and focus on what the volunteer wants, rather than just on what the organisation requires, according to a report from the sector consultancy nfpSynergy.

Employer sponsored volunteering

A large scale project on employer sponsored volunteering has demonstrated that voluntary work can benefit both businesses and the local community.

Valuing volunteering in Health and Social Care

This symposium, taking place on Thursday 2 October at Leeds Metropolitan University, will explore how the VCS can use research to demonstrate the impact of volunteering to commissioners and funders in the health and care economy.

Funding for health volunteers

The Cabinet Office has announced the recipients of funding from two projects working with health volunteers, including two charities and a hospital in the East Midlands.

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