About VoluntaryNews

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Also on this page: Privacy, content re-use, advertising, the who and why of VoluntaryNews, logging in issues.

What is VoluntaryNews?

VoluntaryNews carried relevant and practical news of interest to those involved with voluntary and community organisations across the UK (charity management, volunteer workers, chairs and treasurers, etc.). Material is collated, filtered and edited from a wide variety of sources – the useful stuff, leaving out the hype and marketing speak.

The connected VolResource email newsletter ended publication in December 2016, and news gathering has also finished for this site. Commenting on articles is also now closed. Note that directly contributed items usually appear under Charity News or Sector Services – editorial discretion for wider inclusion.

For communication advice and other ways of getting the message across, see the VolResource Dealing with the Media page.

Disclaimer We check material for accuracy and completeness as best we can, but there are often constraints to this, and we encourage active checking before taking any action based on it.

Site design

VoluntaryNews strives for high accessibility standards, and uses the WordPress system. The theme design is ‘Gazette’ from Automattic with a few tweaks to fit our colour scheme and range of content. Font icons are generally from Font Awesome.

In case of any accessibility issues, we still have a dedicated Search page, also the home of links to monthly ‘archive’ pages. Please let us know if you have any problems using the site.


The RSS (news) feeds have been switched off, Sept. 2017. Websites from voluntary organisations currently connecting to them are advised to remove the links as they will probably return an error (not a security risk, though).

Any re-use of material by other means should be cleared with us first, please.

Privacy and cookies

Cookies are used by Google to provide their advertising service – without these you are likely to get generic ads instead. Statistics collection for the site (via both WordPress and Google) also uses cookies, as do the ‘share’ buttons, to link with target social media sites. Cookies are also essential for the user log-in process.

Most web browsers have settings to block or delete cookies, history etc., so if you’d rather not participate, we suggest consulting your browser’s Help pages, or find guidance on the About Cookies website. Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer/device.

We never pass on any details you provide to third parties, e.g. email addresses given on submitting material or registering an account, and are strict in our own use. VoluntaryNews/VolResource uses a secure UK-based hosting service.


This site features advertising provided by the Google AdWords service. You can add yours by registering with them and selecting our site as a target.

Most content is included for free when sent in by voluntary organisations.

Adding your content

By using our established website and its facilities your news can carry further.

We are no longer adding new registered users, but existing ones can still contribute news articles that way. Notes for authors are now mainly on the creating/editing screens (Guide tab) – please read them before starting to add material. The WordPress edit screens should be reasonably straightforward for regular computer users.

The facility to ‘add news direct’ using the simple Submit News form, allowing us to just review for relevance and format before pressing the publish button, has been retired. Events and jobs sections have been removed, too.


VoluntaryNews was one of a number of projects from VolResource, now maintained as a personal web archive. Items sent in by others * are always subject to basic checks before publication.

* From charities, support bodies or service suppliers

Current authors


Editor and main author John Howes, creator of VolResource.

Registered contributors:

Age UK London

A campaigning organisation actively striving to get the voices of older people heard.

Sayer Vincent

Sayer Vincent was set up specifically to work with charities and social enterprises. and this specialism enables us to blend technical knowledge with practical experience. – All our advisors have worked with charities. – All our trainee accountants receive charity-specific training.

VolNews Contributor

News, events, vacancies sent in by charities, voluntary groups, suppliers to the sector, consultants, etc.

Our sites

The main VolResource site, started in 1999, provides practical information for voluntary sector staff, managers, committees, volunteers, members. Briefings on everything to do with running a voluntary organisation, links to further resources, listings of specialist services and software, a glossary, and much more information.

CharityBlog is the ‘social media’ side.

The News Archive has items from before December 2012 – access by request. As well as material from previous VoluntaryNews sites, this also gathers together old sector news which first appeared on VolResource.

For more on the background to our development, see the VolResource About page.

Contact us

Please use the general feedback form for anything not covered above.

Web form or email is our favoured means of communication (put news before voluntarynews dot org dot uk).

Logging in problems?

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