Volunteering for disabled people, for changing needs, sustainable development

A few recent volunteering-related reports and projects.

Disabled people as volunteers

The Disability Action Alliance * has developed a volunteering charter, setting out core principles that organisations can apply when working with disabled people as volunteers. Organisations are encouraged to sign up to the Charter. (Source: UKVPM)

* The DAA is working to increase the number, value and accessibility of opportunities for disabled people to volunteer their time, skills and experience.

Responding to changing volunteering landscape

Citizens Advice has published a report ‘Giving back, going forwards: How volunteering should respond to changing needs‘.

“Volunteering must respond to these changes (in the volunteering landscape) if it is to meet modern day motivations and challenges.


“Though people are primarily motivated to volunteer out of altruism, we find a number of secondary motivations amongst our clients which mirror changes in wider society.”

Civil Society News has a related article from the CEO of Citizens Advice.

Volunteering in sustainable development

The Institute of Development Studies has produced ‘The role of volunteering in sustainable development‘ (pdf download, 1.9MB). The report shares findings from the global action research project Valuing Volunteering, which explores how and why volunteering contributes to poverty reduction and sustainable positive change, and the factors which prevent it from doing so. It looks at both the intended and unintended impacts of volunteering interventions.

The research was conducted 2012 to 2014 in Kenya, Mozambique, Nepal and the Philippines.

(Source: IVR tweet)