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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.

Using the internet to recruit volunteers

Charity Digital News has published four tips on their website on how to use the internet to help recruit volunteers.

Resources for village hall volunteers

ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England) has produced an updated suite of seven essential documents for the volunteers who manage England’s 10,000 village halls.

Get the perfect volunteer - creating volunteer roles

KnowHowNonProfit have launched a video course covering how to attract and keep good volunteers by creating results focused volunteer roles.

Results of volunteer surveys

Research by the Olympic legacy charity Join In found that nearly a third of respondents said the Games Makers had positively changed the way they viewed volunteering.

Volunteer centres quality accreditation review

NCVO are reviewing the system of quality accreditation volunteer centres have undertaken in the past is being reviewed by NCVO. 

Queens’ Birthday Honours List 2013

One East Midlands would like to congratulate to all those individuals in the East Midlands who were honoured in the Queens' Birthday Honours List 2013 for their services to their communities and the voluntary sector.

Volunteer charities required for strategy project

The Charity Commission is teaming up with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales to conduct a project assessing strategy in the sector.

Changes to Disclosure and Barring Service

On 17 June the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) will launch its new service Update Service.

Give More campaign extended

The Give More campaign has been extended until the end of the year after it gained only 14,547 pledges as of the end of April, against a target of 500,000.

£14million Innovation Fund

The Centre for Social Action’s £14million Innovation Fund has opened for applications for innovative ventures and programmes that use social action to achieve impact in four areas, including impact volunteering.


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