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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.

Results of volunteer centre annual survey

Volunteer centres are struggling to pull in funding, according to NCVO, with 63 percent of those that responded to an annual survey reporting a fall in income last year.

UK Civil Society Almanac volunteering statistics

NCVO has published its UK Civil Society Almanac 2013, which includes statistics on how many people regularly volunteer, who volunteers and what volunteer work they do.

Revised National Minimum Wage guidance

Revised guidance on the National Minimum Wage indicates that if a volunteer receives any payment, excluding genuine expenses, or a benefit in kind, this will change their status from volunteer to worker.

£14million Centre for Social Action Innovation Fund

The Centre for Social Action’s £14million Innovation Fund has opened for applications, and is offered to commercial organisations and public sector bodies as well as charities and social enterprises.

Volunteers show little enthusiasm for the Big Society

People who are carrying out the aims of the Big Society by doing voluntary work show little enthusiasm for the Prime Minister’s idea, according to new research.

Volunteers inspired by the Olympics

Only 2 percent of adults have been motivated by the Olympic Games to start volunteering, according to research published by the consultancy nfpSynergy.

Estimating the value of volunteering

The Cabinet Office and Department for Works and Pensions have issued a Working Paper entitled Wellbeing and civil society: Estimating the value of volunteering using subjective wellbeing data.

Guide to recruiting volunteers

NCVO has published a guide to recruiting volunteers.

Volunteers' Week 2013

Now in its 29th year and taking place from 1-7 June, Volunteers' Week is an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK.

Volunteering activity in domiciliary care

Freya Lock, Healthwatch and Community Action Lead, and Becca Lawther, Quality and Safety Policy Officer, from the Department of Health are doing a call out for evidence on volunteering activity in domiciliary care.


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