A second round-up of items connected with the recent Volunteers’ Week.
Volunteer Scotland has carried out a survey to find out about young people’s involvement and future interest in volunteering. See Young People and Volunteering in Scotland – summary in slide form and report download (pdf 1.5MB).
The State of the World’s Volunteerism Report 2015 came out during Volunteers Week, produced by the United Nation’s Volunteer Action Counts campaign. This “is the first global review of the power of volunteer voices to help improve the way people are governed”. Available from http://www.volunteeractioncounts.org/en/swvr-2015.html. Huffington Post has an article ‘Volunteers Must Be Placed at Heart of a New Development Model‘, asking the question “So why is this contribution of volunteers to governance so poorly understood and under-valued?”.
An NCVO selection
A selection from a number of NCVO Volunteers Week blogs:
Employee volunteering and why the Prime Minister’s election promise tackles the wrong problem in ‘Why aren’t our staff volunteering? The three reasons why‘.
Lots of corporate firms already recognise the business case for volunteering and collectively already give millions of workers paid time off to volunteer. The problem is that people aren’t participating in these schemes.
NCVO’s Director of Volunteering reflects on ‘10 things I learnt during Volunteers Week‘. This is in effect his own round-up of material from the week, with topics such as “Over a third of us would be interested in volunteering for the NHS”, and “Volunteers play an important role in strengthening democracy”.
The First World War centenary and anniversaries advisor at the Heritage Lottery Fund reflects on how the centenary is shedding new light on the history of voluntary action. She also looks at funding available to organisations with a first world war connection. ‘Volunteering and the first world war‘.
‘Hospice volunteers: Bridging the gap to the community?‘ covers new research on volunteer management in palliative care, commissioned by Marie Curie. It urges organisations to adapt to the changing palliative care context and think much more critically and strategically about the role of volunteers as ‘bridges’ to the community.
There is a lack of opportunities for volunteering as a family. A recent NCVO survey found that the majority of organisations that responded didn’t offer family volunteering opportunities, but most were interested in developing them. ‘Volunteering: a family affair?‘.
Link for our earlier Volunteers Week round-up.