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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.

Volunteering: a valuable pathway to employability

Volunteering can give people the skills and confidence needed to help them find jobs according to the NCVO new report entitled Volunteering: a valuable pathway to employability.

Valuing volunteers within health and social care settings – Measuring the impact of volunteering

Organised by CSV and NNVIA and supported by the Department of Health, NHS England and Public Health England, this free event will take place on Thursday 20 March from 10.30am to 3pm in Central London.

The Student Volunteering Landscape

Student volunteering is worth £175million a year, according to a report published today by the National Union of Students, entitled The Student Volunteering Landscape.

Microvolunteering Day

Microvolunteering platform Help From Home has organised Microvolunteering Day on Saturday 15 March to promote awareness of the concept and how it can benefit worthy causes and individuals in their efforts to better the world via bite-sized actions.

Evaluating volunteer impact

Clinks, which supports VCS organisations working with offenders and their families, has developed a set of evaluation tools for volunteering projects run by VCS organisations working around the Criminal Justice System.

Daily Telegraph volunteering campaign

The Daily Telegraph has made a commitment to featuring regular coverage of volunteering throughout 2014, and is looking for inspiring stories from organisations about their volunteers.

Britain's Best Volunteer

Markel UK, the specialist charity insurer, and the Small Charities Coalition, the support organisation for small charities, have launched the Britain's Best Volunteer award.

Student Volunteering Week 2014

Student Volunteering Week 2014, a nationwide celebration of student volunteering, will take place from Monday 24 February to Saturday 2 March, managed by the National Union of Students and Student Hubs.

Care homes volunteering scheme

A new programme to promote volunteering in care homes has been launched with volunteers being recruited to support older people in both residential and nursing care homes in five Clinical Commissioning Group areas.

Free online training and self-assessment tools in volunteer skills

REVEAL, which aims to raise the effectiveness of volunteering in Europe through adult learning and is funded with support from the European Union, has published a set of free online training and self-assessment tools in volunteering skills.


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