Welcome to February’s Volunteer Roundup, with the latest industry updates and training opportunities.
Launch of Vision for Volunteering
The Vision for Volunteering is a national collaboration between NCVO, Sport England, NAVCA, Volunteering Matters and the Association of Volunteer Managers. It aims to create a long term plan for volunteering in England.
In 2021, 350 people from the voluntary sector shared ideas that will help shape a long-term plan for volunteering in England. This month, we gathered more feedback through interviews with volunteers and group leaders we’ve heard less about. This includes administrators, businesses, people with disabilities, and LGBQTI, Black, Asian, and minority ethnic communities.
On May 6th and 7th, we will launch the vision at Expo Volontariat. The event will be organized by Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland, at the NEC in Birmingham. Book your free tickets to attend.
It’s time to thank volunteers once again, as organizations across the UK plan for Volunteer Week 2022.
The Thanksgiving Day will take place on June 5th. This is an opportunity for you to get to know your neighbors and enjoy a nice end to the four-day holiday weekend.
follow us on @NCVOVolunteers and keep an eye on the Volunteer Week website for updates in the coming weeks.
White Paper Upgrading
Earlier this month the government published its white paper on leveling – its flagship program to reduce local and regional inequality across the UK. It includes some mentions of volunteerism, as well as broader commitments to improving our social infrastructure. He also announced a new National Youth Guarantee, which aims to ensure that every young person in England has access to volunteering opportunities by 2025.
The document also references the Volunteering Futures Fund (announced in November 2021) as a key mechanism to remove barriers to volunteering. Our Twitter feed and blog explore the document and what it means for charities and volunteering in more detail.
Government Response to MP Danny Kruger’s 2020 Report
This month, the government also released its response to MP Danny Kruger’s 2020 report: Leveling Up Our Communities: Proposals for a New Social Covenant. The answer is closely related to the Leveling Up white paper.
Kruger’s report made recommendations to improve local and regional equality and build volunteer capacity across the country. The government has suggested that some of these recommendations will be met by broader upgrading plans.
Basically, they suggested that there are no plans to develop a national volunteer passport system or a national volunteer pool. Unfortunately, they will not create an additional holiday for a “neighbor day”, as the report recommends.
Webinar Living Safely with Covid-19
What does the easing of covid restrictions mean for your communities? Claire Pimm, director of the National Resilience Hub at the Cabinet Office, will present the government’s plan in a webinar at 11am on March 2. You will have the opportunity to ask questions.
Vaccination requirement for health and care volunteers subject to revocation
Covid-19 continues to be a major concern for many organizations. The Care Quality Commission’s legal requirement for people volunteering or working in frontline health and care roles to be vaccinated is likely to be revoked. This is unconfirmed and evolving, but you can stay up to date by:
Invest in volunteers
Investing in Volunteers (IiV) is the UK quality standard for volunteer management. It’s an ideal setting to show your volunteers that they are valued, giving them confidence in your ability to provide an exceptional volunteer experience.
We are delighted to announce that seven organizations involving volunteers have achieved IiV across the UK in 2022! Congratulations to the five winners based in England:
- Cancer research in the UK
- Caregivers first
- Advocacy for Seniors York
- Office of the Leicestershire Police and Crime Commissioner
- The Preston Road Women’s Centre.
NCVO online training
Protecting Essentials in Charities
The next date for our Fundamentals of Safeguarding in Charities course is March 31, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Strategic planning: orientation and decision-making processes and tools
Has the pandemic prompted you to rethink your strategy? We are offering a one-day online course to help you on March 30, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Best Volunteer Management Practices
Our popular Good Practices in Volunteer Management course runs over two half days from 10:00am to 1:00pm. You must attend both days as they are two parts of one course.
- Session 1: Thursday, May 26
- Session 2: Friday, May 27