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Volunteering activity is the bedrock of the VCS and this is a time for dramatic change for volunteering as it is given a more prominent role in the Big Society agenda.

The Citizenship Survey shows that 41% of the UK population volunteer formally once a year. It is estimated that an even larger number of people volunteer informally, by giving unpaid help to people who are not relatives (outside any formal setting).

Based on a survey of volunteering across the East Midlands carried out in September 2010, around 15,000 people have been supported into formal volunteering roles in the last year with more than 20,000 volunteering opportunities still available.

One East Midlands supports the England Volunteering Council (EVDC) in the region, which aims to capture the intelligence of a broad range of organisations in the region and act as a powerful lobby to steer government policy.

Volunteers Week 2015

Volunteers’ Week is an annual event which takes place on 1-7 June. It celebrates the contribution made by millions of volunteers across the UK.

Charity apps are supporting people and helping to find new volunteers

From helping blind people via video link to alerting first aiders, innovation is making it easier than ever to volunteer.

Online IT volunteer matching service

A free matching service to connect charities with international IT volunteers online has been set up by a group of technology professionals.

Volunteering research

The final reports from a three-year research project by The Institute for Volunteering Research looking at volunteering across England during the downturn have been published.

Britain's Best Volunteer

Small charities, community groups and not for profit organisations are invited to put forward their own volunteers for the Britain's Best Volunteer Award, which wants to discover the nation's unsung volunteering heroes.

LinkedIn Volunteer Marketplace

Charities in the UK will be able to advertise volunteer opportunities to 250,000 LinkedIn members who have declared an interest in volunteering or trusteeship, using a service launched by the business network.

Young people and volunteering

A new review by the Institute of Volunteering Research has brought together existing evidence on the outcomes of youth volunteering, social action and leadership and on the metrics which can be used to measure them.

Innovation in Giving Fund Volunteer Centre Programme

In 2013 eight volunteer centres, including Lincolnshire, were awarded with coaching and funding of up to £50,000 through the Cabinet Office Innovation in Giving Fund, for the period April to December 2013.

Volunteering Impact Assessment Toolkit

The third edition of the Volunteering Impact Assessment Toolkit, can be used by anyone who involves volunteers in their organisation or coordinates their activities and helps organisations assess the difference that volunteering makes.

Volunteering platform re-launched

Online volunteering platform Do-it has been relaunched by its new owner, the Do-it Trust, with more emphasis on sharing volunteering opportunities via social media.


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