Volunteering research in 2015 – skills, inclusivity, stories

Various research and articles around volunteering, and a little on the voluntary sector in general, from the end of 2015.

Lessons from 2015, forward to 2016

Two round-ups from NCVO:

The article ‘10 things I’ve learnt about the voluntary sector and volunteering in 2015‘, from the head of research, selects ten ‘stand out’ pieces from the huge amount of research published on the sector and on volunteering over the past 12 months.

What can we expect for volunteering in 2016‘ looks at the government’s “three day pledge”, upcoming challenges and major initiatives.

Recognising skills gained in volunteering

Welsh sector umbrella body WCVA and Disability Sport Wales are working together on developing a methodology to “enable volunteers to recognise and articulate skills and competencies gained in relation to enhancing employability”, with a focus on volunteers that are involved with events. About half of the volunteers in the Inclusive Futures project have a learning disability.

See WCVA article Measuring ‘distance travelled’ by volunteers.

Inclusive volunteering

New from Volunteer Scotland, with input from the Third Sector Research Forum, is ‘The Benefits of Inclusive Volunteering’, available from their publication page. It aims to:

1. bring together evidence and knowledge about the benefits of volunteering for people who are more likely to experience exclusion from volunteering and other areas of society;
2. identify evidence gaps and explore what evidence is needed to inform policy and practice;
3. explore considerations for volunteering research, policy and practice to inform how the Third Sector supports and promotes inclusive volunteering.

(Thanks to Community Toolkit)

Volunteering stories

A set of briefing papers from Third Sector Research Centre provides insights into the changing processes of volunteering from the stories of individuals, families, organisations and communities.

Produced as part of the Changing Landscapes for the Third Sector project, see ‘Changing landscapes of the Third Sector: Telling tales of volunteering briefing papers‘.