Volunteering updates for England and NI

The final reports from a three-year research project looking at volunteering across England during the downturn have been published. This drew on more than 140 interviews with volunteers, organisations that work with volunteers and local authorities. One headline conclusion is that “Levels of volunteering have not changed fundamentally but its essence has been challenged”.

‘Volunteering in the Downturn: How volunteering and its support structures are faring in the current economic climate’, summary, full report and briefing papers are all available via http://www.ivr.org.uk/ivr-news/188-volunteering-in-the-downturn-research-report-launched.

Estimates of volunteering levels throughout Northern Ireland have been produced. Research commissioned by the Department for Social Development’s Voluntary and Community Unit used an Omnibus survey conducted in September 2014 as its primary source. Just under a third of respondents indicated that they had carried out voluntary work within the past year, marking no significant change from the 2013 figure. Download via http://www.dsdni.gov.uk/index/stats_and_research/urcdg-statistics-and-research.htm. (Source: Bates Wells Braithwaite Briefing)

A youth volunteering charity has opened its first charity shop. vInspired’s Goodstock in Manchester city centre will be staffed by young volunteers, and sells fashionable, affordable items of clothing for young people that have been donated to the project. Children and Young People Now article http://www.cypnow.co.uk/cyp/news/1149464/volunteers-staff-vinspired-clothes-store.