Volunteering resources round-up

 The value and difficulties of achieving diversity in volunteering is the subject of ‘Volunteering for all’ article on NCVO’s website,http://blogs.ncvo.org.uk/2014/11/21/volunteering-for-all/.

 ‘Helping young adults with offending histories to volunteer‘ builds on interviews carried out for the ‘Is volunteering for everyone?’ project. It links through to a series of briefings at http://www.ivr.org.uk/ivr-projects/ivr-current-projects/ex-offenders-and-volunteering, including guidance for volunteer-involving organisations.

 New Philanthropy Capital also has a short articleCharities need to engage diverse volunteer communities, informed by a recent roundtable discussion by the Commission on the Voluntary Sector and Ageing and that the proportion of minority ethnic people aged over fifty is set to increase significantly.

 With the launch of a new history of student volunteering (see this news item), Student Hubs has a report arguing for a radically different approach to supporting such activities so as not to repeat previous challenges. ‘Five lessons for student volunteering from historical research‘ links through to the report in Issuu format (which also includes a cut-down history).

 Research from an ‘Innovation in Giving Fund: Volunteer Centre Programme’ has been published, looking at how 8 centres used funding to work in new ways, and to develop and test new approaches to increasing volunteering. Nesta has an article ‘Five things we can learn about innovation from Volunteer Centres‘, or download the report via IVR.

 The latest report on volunteering from consultancy nfpSynergy is based on in-depth interviews and a survey of 500 volunteer managers. Two in three felt there should be a more powerful representative body.

 CharityComms has published a report looking at the role for digital technology in helping charities work more effectively with volunteers. ‘Engaging volunteers through digital tools: How charities see the key issues, barriers and opportunities’ is available (pdf, 968KB) via registration at CharityComms page.