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Volunteering Bulletin

September/October 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


Volunteering at ten-year high

Volunteering is at a ten-year high with 26 percent of people carrying out some volunteering in the last three months, and more men are volunteering than women, according to new research by nfpSynergy.

Volunteering and older people

Traditional volunteer tasks such as envelope-stuffing might be paid for in future, as skilled volunteers demand more challenging activities in their retirement, according to research from the Commission on the Voluntary Sector and Ageing.

The more you give the more you glow

People who give time to charity will "glow with happiness" for an average of 24 days afterwards, according to a study by the charity Guide Dogs.

Social Action End of Life Support Programme 2014/15

The Cabinet Office Centre for Social Action and Hospice UK are launching a fund of up to £1million to support existing projects using volunteers in end of life care.

Together in Service

The final round is approaching of Together in Service, celebrating the practical contribution that faith communities make to society through social action and support faith groups in undertaking new multi-faith volunteering projects at local level.

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