This page has newsletter details and links to the different types of subscription. The full newsletter sign-up form is at http://voluntarynews.org/lists/, or just use the simple sign-up in the sidebar to the right (below on smaller screens).
About the Newsletter
VoluntaryNews, part of VolResource, has a connected weekly email newsletter rounding up current news and information with a practical focus, to help you:
- keep on top of relevant regulations, admin matters;
- be up-to-date with news around management issues, sector developments, government initiatives and other relevant items;
- find useful new and updated resources on the web;
- put events in your diary or apply for selected vacancies;
- whether you are involved with a small, medium or large organisation.
Usually news appears in the newsletter before it gets added to the VoluntaryNews website. At April 2014 we are experimenting with further possibilities, but the newsletter will continue to be a convenient way to get a regular update without loads of searching.
Format and options
The default format is html / web style (link to sign-up page), please go for it if you can. It includes a contents list and reduces the chance of links being broken over two lines, plus should look a little better. The plain text version takes up less space and will be helpful if you tend to get display oddities with html emails, but the link shortening feature may annoy some spam filters. ‘Plain text’ sign up.
There is a third mailing list option, ‘Paid’, covering re-use by voluntary organisations or a subscription from sector suppliers, consultants etc. See More Details below, or go to Paid sub/licence sign-up (html by default).
Some comments from newsletter readers:
- VolResource is by far the best newsletter we get here in the office, everything else seems bloated by comparison. (Aug’14)
- I’ve mentioned it before but will say it again. Out of all the email bulletins available this is one of the most comprehensive ones and really useful. (Apr’14, subscribing since July’09)
- I have found VolResource newsletter really useful in my roles (Apr’14, subscribing since Nov’11).
- Thank you for your hard work. I have found your newsletter really useful. (On leaving job, Mar’14)
- I want you to know that this has, without exception, been the MOST useful newsletter I have ever been subscribed to. Thank you for all your work in producing it; so much heavy-hitting content and no filler. (On moving to a new role, Feb’14)
- I would just like to say how much I enjoy reading your newsletter. Working within the voluntary sector, I find it full of relevant information, well laid out and easy to read – a great source of reference. Keep up the good work! (Nov’13)
- Just a short note to thank you for your Voluntary Resource newsletter, which I find very, very useful indeed. The logical layout means I can identify quickly areas of interest for our group. (Sep’13)
Free to those active in voluntary organisations in the UK, whether a worker, manager, trustee or volunteer. Content varies from week to week to reflect current issues. Please note, funding opportunities, while featured from time to time, are not a core area.
Timing – usually sent Thursdays. The frequency may be reduced during quiet periods of the year (late December, mid-summer).
Consultants, commercial concerns etc. pay to receive the newsletter at £30 per year. Public sector bodies, academic institutes and the like are asked to pay £25 – let us know if this is a problem as we are likely to be sympathetic.
Voluntary organisations which regularly re-use material from the newsletter, electronically or in print, are asked to take out a licence, at £25 a year (local/regional organisation) or £45 national. If you want to re-use the whole, or most, of the newsletter, please contact us to discuss.
This income is a vital part of keeping the service going, all contributions welcome.
NOTE: We don’t usually accept subscriptions from those based outside the UK or Ireland, so please give strong reasons if this applies to you.
Spam and internet issues
For those using email whitelisting (giving specific permission to email sources) please note that newsletters can come from either voluntarynews.org.uk or voluntarynews.org and the mailserver address is zeus.krystal.co.uk We do use SPF.
Subscribers with AOL email addresses are advised to sign up to the html version, to avoid known filter blocking issues.
Although we check all information before we add it to the newsletter, as ever with these things we can give no warranties as to accuracy or relevance and encourage active checking before you make any decisions. We endeavour to give web links to the original or key source.
Terms and Conditions
We may amend this policy from time to time.
Use of Newsletter Material
- We are happy for anyone to do occasional forwarding of the newsletter in its entirety, to anyone.
- Those who want to receive the newsletter regularly should sign up on the mailing list. More numbers means its easier to attract advertisers and contributors.
- Voluntary organisations are free to re-use the newsletter electronically whole or in parts, but we ask those who do this regularly (or in print form) to take out a licence – details above. Please include a note along the lines of ‘sourced from VolResource email newsletter, see voluntarynews.org.uk’ alongside any re-used material.
- Commercial organisations, consultants etc. should contact us if they want to reproduce material or circulate the newsletter.
If your intended use of the newsletter doesn’t fit with those described, or if in any doubt, please contact us. It shouldn’t take long to clarify.
User information and abuse
We reserve the right, before or after adding you to the newsletter list, to ask for further information and to decline to provide the service (or stop providing it later) where we feel this may be/is being abused.
Email addresses which cause newsletter mailings to ‘bounce’ may be deleted without further notice or refund. Unless this happens on sign up, it will usually take several bounces for the mailing system to act, so please unsubscribe if the newsletter is no longer required e.g. because someone has moved on.
The only use we make of your details is in connection with managing and developing the newsletter – we do not send spam or sell or otherwise pass on the data to other parties.