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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.

The Queen's Speech 2014

A draft bill to give more powers to the Charity Commission was among the measures announced in the Queen’s Speech on Wednesday 4 June.

Microvolunteering Day Impact & Reaction Report

Microvolunteering platform Help From Home, the organisers of Microvolunteering Day, which took place on Saturday 15 March, have published a report on the impact and reach of the day.

UK’s longest serving charity shop volunteer

The Charity Retail Association has launched an appeal to find the UK’s longest-serving charity shop volunteer.

Volunteer of the year

To celebrate Volunteers' Week the Guardian Voluntary Sector Network are asking for nominations for volunteer of the year.

Volunteers Week 2014

Volunteers’ Week, which takes place from Sunday 1 to Saturday 7 June, celebrates the contribution made by millions of volunteers across the UK.

Charity sector workforce grows by 35,000

The number of people employed in the voluntary sector rose by 35,000 in accounts and annual returns filed in the year to March 2014 with the Charity Commission.

Results of Taking Part survey 2013/14

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has published the statistical results of the Taking Part survey 2013/14, which includes estimates of volunteering, charitable giving and civic engagement.

Volunteers in Specialist Palliative Care

Volunteering in Specialist Palliative Care is a new study provides the most comprehensive picture to date of exactly what roles volunteers are involved in within specialist adult palliative care in the UK.

vInspired cashpoint programme

The cashpoint programme (2012-2014) awards grants of up to £500 to 14 to 25 year olds to pursue social action projects and be responsibility for their design and delivery.

Investing in Volunteers Quality Standard

Investing in Volunteers, the UK quality standard for all organisations which involve volunteers in their work, has been achieved by over 750 organisations.


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