Consultation on full-time social action for young people
The government has launched a review to find out what barriers exist to prevent young people from participating in full-time volunteering.
The review has been commissioned by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and is being chaired by Steve Holliday, former chief executive of the National Grid. The consultation is asking what could be done to enable more full-time volunteering and social action.
You can read a Third Sector article describing the review here and the government consultation page is available here.
NHS volunteering consultation
Health Education England (HEE) has launched a consultation document to inform the NHS's volunteering strategy. The consultation document sets out what volunteering takes place within the NHS currently and brings together for the first time many pieces of guidance and information to inform thinking on what volunteering could look like in the NHS and how it can contribute to patient care and experience. Find out more and have your say on the future of volunteering in the NHS by completing the online survey on the consultation page.
Request for proposals: Young Ambassadors
Team London Young Ambassadors is the Mayor’s volunteering programme for primary and secondary schools. The programme encourages young Londoners to develop social action projects through volunteering. In January 2018, as the current funding arrangements come to an end, the programme will enter a new phase which will run until September 2020.
Phase two of Young Ambassadors will enhance and build on the existing volunteering and social action infrastructure already created in London schools. The programme will become a key part of Team London's new ‘Young London Inspired’ programme. This will create a London-wide environment where all young people are supported and encouraged to take part in volunteering and social action.
Team London's Request For Proposals to deliver the new phase of the programme is open until Wednesday 8 November 2017. For more information, and full details on how to apply, please use the links below.
Request For Proposals
Team London Young Ambassadors Blueprint
2018 Funding Agreement Template
Health and Wellbeing Fund
Voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations are invited to apply for the Health and Wellbeing Fund on social prescribing.
Through this programme, the Department of Health, NHS England and Public Health England are working with voluntary organisations to promote equality, address health inequalities and support the wellbeing of people, families and communities. The application form and supporting documents can be found here and the deadline for completed applications is noon on 21 November 2017.
Fund to widen volunteering opportunities for the over 50s
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is launching a new fund with Nesta that will support volunteering in public services and new ways for over-50s to engage in digital social action. There is £4m in grants from DCMS and £750,000 in non-financial support from Nesta available through the Connected Communities Innovation Fund.
Funding will be provided to test new concepts and support proven innovation to scale up their work. The fund is open to applications from projects which encourage people to volunteer alongside public services, those which encourage new people to get involved in volunteering and those which create new forms of digital volunteering. A Civil Society article describing the review is available here and more information about the fund is available here.
Equipping charities and senior volunteers to transform fundraising
Senior volunteers have been critical to the success of major fundraising campaigns in recent years, but their impact is not sufficiently understood. The Perfect Fundraising Partnership report - launched by the Institute of Fundraising's Volunteer Board Special Interest Group, Solid Management and Consultancy, and the Pears Foundation - showcases new research on the opinions and experiences of both charities and senior volunteers working to raise major donations for the causes they support, as well as a series of detailed case studies.
A Civil Society article reviewing the report is available here and the report on the Institute of Fundraising's website can be found here.
The relationship between state funding and levels of volunteering
Charities which take on government contracts attract fewer volunteers than the sector as a whole, according to research produced by Chris Damm of the Third Sector Research Centre. The research suggests that the most likely explanation for reduced volunteering at contracting charities is that it is difficult to deliver government contracts with a volunteer workforce, because of the way government contracts are structured. It recommends that more work is done to make volunteer participation and contracting more compatible.
Read more on the Civil Society website or read the full report here.
Volunteering data trends report
A new report by nfpSynergy has been released showing the proportion of the UK public that volunteer. The report gives an overview of volunteering over time from as far back as 2003 up until August 2017. Their findings show that 16-34 year old men are now one of the most likely groups to volunteer closely followed by women in the same age group. Read more here.
With James leaving and new people joining the team, here's a quick handy guide to who's who and how to get in touch with us at GLV...
David Rodrigues, Networks & Operations Manager, email@example.com - David's still the man to speak to about our networks, events, mailings, finances and all things operational.
Marcus Ward, Interim Operations Lead, firstname.lastname@example.org - Marcus will be leading on GLV's core work programme, including representing the network, developing our member events, managing projects and the staff team, and supporting the governance of the charity.
Sharon Long, Hub Lead, email@example.com - Sharon will be continuing our work on developing the London Hub for civil society, as discussed at member meetings and featured in The Way Ahead report.
Cam Fitzwilliam-Grey, Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org - Cam's still leading the organisation as we continue to champion volunteering and ensure there's a strong voice for civil society at the regional level.