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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.

Changing profile of volunteering

Zurich Municipal is conducting research on the change in profile of volunteering.

Community Life Survey

The 2012-13 findings of the Community Life survey show that levels of both formal and informal volunteering have increased on 2010-11, following a decline in levels of volunteering in recent years.

Contribution through volunteering

Contribution Through Volunteering is a new programme to build community capacity.

Community Life survey

The 2012-13 findings of the Community Life survey show that levels of both formal and informal volunteering have increased on 2010-11,

Volunteering helps refugees exit forced labour

Refugees and asylum seekers who have experienced forced or exploitative labour have found volunteering invaluable in exiting these circumstances, according to Precarious Lives, a study published by the Economic and Social Research Council.

Does volunteering increase employability?

The Third Sector Research Centre has published the results of a study looking at the link between volunteering and employment.

Diamond Champions

The Royal Voluntary Service has launched its annual search for Diamond Champions.

Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund (HSCVF)

The Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund aims to help organisations grow and develop by providing projects with up to £50,000 of funding and a tailored capacity-building support package.

Innovation coaches for volunteer centres

Nesta have appointed the Young Foundation to deliver coaching and expert support to volunteer centres as part of the Innovation in Giving Fund.

ICAEW and CABA volunteer matching service

Charities can recruit volunteers at no charge through a volunteer recruitment website, launched by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and the Chartered Accountants' Benevolent Association (CABA).


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