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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.

Annual return of volunteer centres

The deadline for the Institute of Volunteer Research’s annual return of volunteer centres has been extended to Friday 17 January 2014.

UK sixth in league table of most charitable countries

The UK has climbed two places to sixth in a league table of the most charitable countries in the world, according to research by the Charities Aid Foundation.

Hospital volunteering programme

Nesta has launched Helping in Hospitals, a hospital volunteering programme, with £1.5m from the Innovation Fund run jointly by Nesta and the Cabinet Office Centre for Social Action.

Step Up To Serve

The leaders of the three main political parties gathered with youth charity leaders on 21 November as Prince Charles launched Step Up To Serve, a new volunteering campaign that aims to get half of all young people involved in social action by 2020.

Volunteering opportunities for young people

A report by Generation Change has found that it is a postcode lottery in terms of opportunites for volunteering and social action for young people.

Volunteering website launched

A new volunteer recruitment website has been launched enabling charities and volunteers to share role postings and profiles for free.

Does volunteering change the social characteristics of deprived areas?

A study by the Third Sector Research Centre uses data from the 2005 and 2007 Citizenship Surveys to map differences in levels of volunteering and social capital between ninety different types of place in England.

Free volunteer applications to DBS

The Disclosure and Baring Service has reporting a recurring problem with the inappropriate use of free-of-charge volunteer applications.

Understanding the potential of micro-volunteering

Funding by the Cabinet Office, the Institute for Volunteer Research has carried out research into the potential of micro-volunteering.

Volunteering: Adding value – 7 November

Organised by not-for-profit community interest company Frankin Hart, this free online event on Thursday 7 November will showcase information and resources for volunteers and volunteer organisations.


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