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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.

Evidence the value and impact of your volunteers

Clinks have recently developed an evaluation toolkit, specifically for VCS organisations working within the Criminal Justice System and who involve volunteers in their work.

Where Volunteering Begins

KnowHowNonProfit, part of NCVO, has launched Where Volunteering Begins, a new campaign designed to catch the attention of those who want to volunteer and need the knowledge and the resources to get started.

Volunteering for Stronger Communities

The Year One interim report from the Volunteering for Stronger Communities project has been published.

Volunteering England statement

Volunteering England has announced that despite volunteering having a higher profile than ever, the local infrastructure on which volunteering depends is being undermined as never before. 

Give What You’re Good At


Give What You're Good At is an online technology platform that aims to improving the quality of the volunteer experience by providing pro bono opportunities for skilled professionals. 

Give & Gain Day – 17 May

Organised by Business in the Community, Give & Gain Day, on Friday 17 May, is the UK’s only national day of employee volunteering, providing companies with opportunity to bring community action to life. 

Disclosure and Barring Service guidance


Volunteering England has published an information sheet on Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks (formerly CRB checks).

£36million social action initiative


The Cabinet Office has launched a two year £36million programme to encourage volunteering and social action.

Cabinet office publishes volunteering statistics


Official statistics published for the first time by the Cabinet Office show that the proportion of people volunteering at least once a year has now increased from 65% in 2010-11 to 71% in 2012, with an even bigger increase in the proportion of people volunteering regularly. 

Volunteering at Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth games

More than 40,000 people have already signed up to be volunteers at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, with around a third of the registrations came from England.


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