Government statisticians to give analytical support to sector

A new scheme to match up voluntary sector organisations with help from government statisticians has been launched by the Government Statistical Service and NCVO.

The GSS Voluntary Sector Placement Scheme aims to arrange short placements of up to five days to provide analytical support. This could be advice on how to collect or analyse some data, or measuring impact, for instance.

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Employee development through community action

Personnel professionals’ body CIPD has a new report ‘Volunteering to learn: employee development through community action’, with a framework to get more employees volunteering to help young people get into work. It looks at embedding such volunteering within an organisation’s learning and development agenda and key benefits of volunteering for employees.

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Volunteering definitions and back to work programmes

A couple of recent discussion articles around volunteering:

– NVCO’s volunteering director looks at issues around volunteering and back to work programmes, with ideas for what needs to change.

– Matthew Taylor, chief executive of the RSA, reckons that “the way we think about (volunteering) as a system tends to be rather ad hoc and under-conceptualised”, and looks at the definition of volunteering in ‘A formula for volunteering?‘.

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